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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Examine Rising Costs of Employer Provided Health Care

On Thursday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), will hold a hearing entitled, "The Pressures of Rising Costs on Employer Provided Health Care.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In 2009, 59 percent of workers under age 65 received health care through an employer-provided plan. As health care costs continue to rise, employers have experienced double-digit health insurance premium increases in recent years. According to the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Democrats’ recently enacted health care law will increase national health care spending by an additional $311 billion between 2010 and 2019. Numerous analyses estimate this law will further contribute to rising health care costs, making it more difficult for employers to afford to offer quality health care coverage.

Thursday’s hearing will provide Subcommittee members an opportunity to examine how the Democrats’ health care law contributes to increased costs and additional burdens on employer-provided health care.

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Thomas P. Miller
Resident Fellow
American Enterprise Institute
Washington, D.C.

Brett Parker
Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
Bowlmor Lanes
New York, NY

J. Michael Brewer
Lockton Benefit Group
Kansas City, MO

Jim Houser
Hawthorne Auto
Portland, OR