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President signs Heinrich’s repeal of ACA tax

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Legislation sponsored by New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich repealing a provision in the Affordable Care Act known as the “Cadillac Tax” was signed into law by President Donald Trump before the Christmas break.

The “Cadillac Tax” was to tax high-cost health insurance plans and would have impacted middle-class health benefits, the Democratic senator’s office said. The repeal was included in an appropriations package passed by Congress.

“Eliminating this onerous tax on employees’ health coverage will protect important benefits for workers and ensure that businesses and families get a fair deal,” Heinrich said. “I am proud to help lead this bipartisan effort to ensure millions of middle-class families who rely on employer-based health care are not unfairly penalized by this tax.”

Without repeal, the “Cadillac Tax” would impact employers and families whose health insurance plans cost more than $11,100 for an individual, and $29,750 for family coverage, Heinrich’s office said. The tax could have negatively impacted 718,000 people in New Mexico, including public employees, service industry workers, and small business owners and retirees.

Although the tax was originally a provision in the Affordable Care Act, implementation had been delayed numerous times. The repeal was co-sponsored by Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D.

DEB HAALAND, BY THE NUMBERS: U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland’s office released a wrap up of her first year in office. Her office responded to 104,000 emails and letters from constituents. And the Democrat participated in 101 committee hearings and markups, introduced 26 bills and attended 135 townhalls and events, co-sponsored 574 bills and had 13 amendments passed.

BEN RAY LUJÁN, BY THE NUMBERS: U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luj á n’s office also sent out an end of the year report. His office said the congressman secured $5.7 million in federal benefits for constituents in 2019 and assisted more than 1,000 individuals living in the state’s 3rd Congressional District through the office’s casework services.

Luján introduced 27 bills and co-sponsored 375 bills. Thirteen bills, amendments, or measures written by Luján were passed or included in legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This includes legislation to revitalize Native languages, protect federal lands near Chaco Canyon from oil and gas drilling, help combat the opioid crisis, improve broadband access and expand health care to rural communities.

He also announced that more than $11.9 million in federal grants were designated for the district, sent 117,202 letters to New Mexicans who contacted the office seeking information on policies and legislative priorities, and traveled 12,620 miles throughout the district to meet with constituents, Luján’s office said.

Scott Turner: sturner@abqjournal.com

 


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