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Health policy executive for ERISA Industry Committee to retire

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Gretchen Young, the ERISA Industry Committee's senior vice president for health policy, will retire from the Washington-based employer benefits lobby organization in early May.

In her nearly seven years with ERIC, Ms. Young was involved in a wide array of benefit issues, especially those related to the health care reform law. Most recently Ms. Young was deeply involved in the successful employer drive to delay the Affordable Care Act's controversial excise tax on group health care plan premiums exceeding certain amounts.

“ERIC will miss Gretchen's leadership, her deep knowledge of health policy and her tireless efforts to support plan sponsors,” ERIC President and CEO Annette Guarisco Fildes said Wednesday in a statement. “Policymakers, the media and the advocacy community also relied upon her expertise and ability to quickly determine the potential impact of proposed rules on employers.”

Ms. Young said among the most satisfying parts of her job was working to keep members informed on key health care issues, such as the ACA, while also trying to influence federal lawmakers and regulators.

“Aiding members to help them understand what they had to do was important and a lot of fun,” Ms. Young said.

Ms. Young will be succeeded by James Gelfand, director of federal affairs for the March of Dimes. Earlier, Mr. Gelfand was counsel to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.