A coalition of dental and vision organizations, along with othergroups in the benefits industry, called on Congress this week tosubstantially modify the proposed excise tax on health benefits--aprovision, which the groups say would compel employers to eliminateor reduce coverage in order to dodge the tax.

Groups---including the American Dental Association, American BenefitsCouncil and Communications Workers ofAmerica--say the excise tax strays from Congress' goal tobolster primary and prevention-oriented care.

"[It's] the opposite of health care reform," said AmericanDental Association President Ron Tankersley, DDS, in a releasedstatement. "It would compel many employers to drop critical dentaland other coverage to avoid the tax. It dismantles exactly the typeof preventive, primary care that everyone agrees this country needsmore of."

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