Thursday, September 27, 2018

U.S. House Approves Legislation That Will Enhance Americans' Retirement Security

American Council of Life Insurers President and CEO Susan Neely issued the following statement today on the House passage of the Family Savings Act: 

WASHINGTON, D.C., (September 27, 2018)—"The Family Savings Act (H.R. 6757) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is an important first step toward enhancing America’s retirement system.

“This bill comes at a critical time for retirement savers. Every day, 10,000 Americans reach age 65. And, many people can expect to live 20 years, 30 years or longer in retirement. The Family Savings Act will go a long way toward helping Americans save for retirement and ensure their savings last a lifetime.

“The bill will expand access to retirement plans by encouraging small employers to join together to take advantage of economies of scale to offer their workers a 401(k) or similar plan. Another part of the bill aims to continue lifetime income protections for savers who participate in plans undergoing changes.

“A key reform added by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) will make it easier for employers to offer annuities in their retirement plans. Annuities can guarantee lifetime income and can help employers offer a plan that resembles in certain ways a traditional pension that guarantees a paycheck for life to a retiree.

“As the Family Savings Act moves to the Senate, ACLI asks lawmakers to adopt an additional provision to ensure all workers receive an illustration of how their workplace retirement savings translates into monthly income. ACLI also will advocate for a provision to enhance automatic enrollment and contribution escalation features in plans. These additional steps will provide even more help to Americans preparing for retirement.

“Congress should take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance America’s retirement system and pass comprehensive retirement security legislation this year.”

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The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) advocates on behalf of 290 member companies dedicated to providing products and services that promote consumers’ financial and retirement security. 90 million American families depend on our members for life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, reinsurance, dental and vision and other supplemental benefits. ACLI represents member companies in state, federal and international forums for public policy that supports the industry marketplace and the families that rely on life insurers’ products for peace of mind. ACLI members represent 95 percent of industry assets in the United States.

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Date Posted: September 27, 2018
Document ID: NR18-035
Contact: Whit Cornman, 202-624-2442