ERIC 2017 Spring Policy Meeting

Thursday, April 27 (12pm) - Friday, April 28, 2017 (3pm US/Eastern)
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Spring Policy Meeting
April 27 - 28, 2017

Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter, 850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956

ERIC meetings offer the best opportunity to engage directly with key Washington policymakers, network with peers at other leading large employers, hear about the latest employee-benefit developments, learn what ERIC is doing to support large employers providing health and retirement benefits, and enjoy presentations from ERIC's Advisory Council and other experts. We will continue to update this page as the event nears.

Panel Topics:

ERISA Preemption vs. States’ Rights – Impact on Large Employers – Leading experts discuss aggressive state actions that threaten to violate ERISA, the court cases and legislative action and reactions. States have already shown their interest in imposing mandates on plan sponsors (Vermont claims reporting, Michigan tax, Oregon retirement plan requirements, etc.). Will ACA replacement make matters worse with a push for states control over health care and reduced Medicaid funding? This panel will explore what these changes, and others, will mean for employers and what to expect in the coming months.

Taxing Retirement and Health Benefits – What impact will this have on the future of designing total rewards programs for employees? Would retirement savings plan participation decrease if it was 100% Roth? Will early retirees have a robust individual market in which they could buy health insurance? Will their retirement savings be depleted by health insurance and other costs? What is the role of health savings accounts and what more could be done with them? Join us for a discussion of the practical implications of policy changes on an aging workforce.

Federal Regulatory Rollback Opportunities – Hear from a Trump Administration official on the Presidential Executive Order on regulatory relief, and participate in small groups led by ERIC Advisory Council members discussing opportunities to repeal and revise regulations impacting health and retirement plans. Break into small groups to discuss specific regulations and how ERIC can change them to reduce compliance and other burdens on employers. Group leader to report back on discussion held in break out session.

• Defined benefit plans
• Defined contribution plans
• ACA-related regulations, and
• Health plan regulations not related to the ACA

Health Care Reform – the very latest and what it means to large plan sponsors – Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could have vast effects on those enrolled in Medicaid or who purchase health insurance in the individual market. But what will it mean for employers? This discussion will focus on what employers have to gain – or lose – and what else can be done to encourage delivery system reform, transparency, cost-containment, and quality improvement.

Congressional Panel – Democrats and Republicans from the House and the Senate Committees writing employee benefits and tax laws will address ERIC members and field our pressing questions. This will be a great chance to ask those intricately involved in the process to comment on the impact of current legislative discussions on the future of employee benefits.

U.S. Supreme Court Litigation Update – Review of cases before and recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on employee benefit matters important to ERIC members, including a discussion of the impact of the addition of a ninth Justice.

Wellness – Financial and Health – How the government can help or complicate matters for large employers promoting health and financial wellness. What does the latest research show? How can health savings accounts be more useful tools, and what are the legislative and regulatory changes being considered?

State Activity on Benefits and Compensation – ERIC continues to lead the charge for uniformity among state laws impacting employee benefits so that workers and their families enjoy equal treatment, regardless of where they live and work. This panel will explore the many different state laws and regulations mandating paid sick and parental leave and the offering of telemedicine services to employees and families. The panel will also address state and local rules impacting the availability of biosimilars.

Concurrent sessions:

1. Prescription Drug Policy: What are the industry players requesting? Federal and state policymakers are bombarded with requests and demands from constituencies. We will hear directly from the industry groups on what they are asking Congress to do to support their industries and engage with them on the impact of those policies on employer plans and beneficiaries.

2. 401(k) Fee Litigation – What are the most recent cases, how can large employer plan sponsors avoid the suits, and how legislative relief can be crafted and advanced

Tentative Agenda
April 27
11:00 am - Registration
11:45 am - Networking Lunch
12:00 pm - Keynote Speaker (to be announced)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Reception

April 28
8:00 am - Breakfast
8:30 am - Keynote Speaker (to be announced)
10:00 am - 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions
3:15 pm - Meeting Wrap-Up

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If you are an ERIC member company and are interested in being a sponsor of this meeting, please contact Deborah Chin at A sponsorship includes your company's logo on meeting and reception promotional materials, signage, and emails.

Note: ERIC is going paperless for our meetings. In this era of reducing paper consumption and the increasingly online mobile universe, we will not provide printed handouts for our meeting sessions. We will upload all of the meeting documents and handouts to the ERIC website.

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