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Business groups urge amendments to health reform law

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Two dozen business groups are urging federal lawmakers to work together to pass legislation to ease the cost and compliance burdens of the health care reform law.

“There are numerous bipartisan bills that could bring real relief to the employers we represent and their employees. We encourage you to work together to help advance these bipartisan changes” to the Affordable Care Act, the business groups wrote in their letter to members of the House and Senate.

Those groups include the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

While the letter did not mention any specific bills, an NRF spokesman said bipartisan bills the group backs include those that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision that would, starting in 2018, impose a 40% excise tax on health insurance premiums that exceed $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for family coverage; and another measure that would bump up the health reform law's definition of full-time employees to those working an average of 40 hours per week from the law's 30-hours-per-week definition.