With 100 new members in Congress following the 2018 mid-term elections, ECFC knew that its 38th Annual Conference, held March 20 – 22, in Washington, DC, would be one of the most important meetings for the healthcare consumerism organization in recent history.
Determined to spread the word about how middle-class Americans depend on consumer-directed health, dependent care, and commuter accounts to meet their everyday living expenses, ECFC sent 16 groups, and a total of 81 of its members, to The Hill on March 21. They met with a total of 70 congressional offices. Of these, 38 were Senate offices, and 32 were on the House side. Democratic lawmakers received 39 of the visits, while the teams called on 31 Republicans. Additionally, ECFC co-sponsored a Lunch & Learn at the Capitol on consumer-directed health accounts attended by more than 20 House and Senate offices.
During a debriefing session that followed the Hill Visit, team leaders all reported that they detected bipartisan support for ECFC’s policy priorities which include:
Repeal or modification of the Excise Tax on High Cost Health Plans
The ability to reimburse over-the-counter and menstrual care products from consumer-directed accounts
The enactment of common-sense changes to HSAs
Support for the administration’s effort to expand the use of consumer-directed health plans.
The 39th ECFC Annual Conference is scheduled for March 18-20, 2020 at the Hyatt Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.