Reform Risk: Retiree Drug Coverage

As House and Senate leaders struggle to find common ground on healthcare reform legislation, employer groups are working to ensure that retiree drug subsidies and federal safeguards under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) do not get lost in the shuffle.

While a conference committee usually reconciles differences in bills, the Congress is expected this time to act informally to forge a compromise health reform bill. As recently as Jan. 5, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said lawmakers were "very close" to resolving differences between the two measures and sending a final version to President Barack Obama.


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