COBRA

Updates

protected content Health Reform Update, Disclosure Requirements, COBRA Legislation, Retirees’ Health Costs

If you’ve followed the news this week, you’ve heard that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finally released their cost estimate and analysis of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). There really were not too many surprises when comparing this score to the previous estimate – after all, not that many changes were made… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Shared Responsibility

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on proposed rules regarding reporting requirements for large employers that offer group health plans to employees and their familes… More

Inappropriate Behavior by Third Party Payers is Detrimental to Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the role of third party premium payers, and how the inappropriate steerage of employer-sponsored health insurance beneficiaries to out-of-network providers threatens to increase costs for working families… More

ERIC Files Comment Letter on DOL’s COBRA Notices

ERIC filed a comment letter today with the Department of Labor (DOL) on its proposed regulations which would remove the COBRA model notices from the regulations. The DOL has indicated that it plans to post the model notices on its website instead. … More

protected content Results of Our Three-Minute Poll on COBRA

First, thanks so much to the legions of ERIC members who completed our new poll on COBRA. Your comments were as helpful as they were fascinating. … More

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Letters to Agencies

ERIC Files Comment Letter on DOL’s COBRA Notices

ERIC filed a comment letter today with the Department of Labor (DOL) on its proposed regulations which would remove the COBRA model notices from the regulations. The DOL has indicated that it plans to post the model notices on its website instead. … More

ERIC Offers Recommendations on Proposed Changes to Excepted Benefits Definition

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) on March 7 offered a series of recommendations to make sure that plan sponsors may continue to make their employee assistance programs available to all of their employees. … More

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Policy Briefs

protected content Results of Our Three-Minute Poll on COBRA

First, thanks so much to the legions of ERIC members who completed our new poll on COBRA. Your comments were as helpful as they were fascinating. … More

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Press Releases

ERIC Submits Comments on Shared Responsibility

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on proposed rules regarding reporting requirements for large employers that offer group health plans to employees and their familes… More

Inappropriate Behavior by Third Party Payers is Detrimental to Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the role of third party premium payers, and how the inappropriate steerage of employer-sponsored health insurance beneficiaries to out-of-network providers threatens to increase costs for working families… More

ERIC Offers Recommendations on Proposed Changes to Excepted Benefits Definition

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) on March 7 offered a series of recommendations to make sure that plan sponsors may continue to make their employee assistance programs available to all of their employees. … More

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Regulatory Documents

protected content DOL Issues New Model Notices for COBRA and Some OOP Guidance

I was really excited (possible poor word choice) last Friday afternoon (!) to see that the Department of Labor had proposed regulations to “better align” its model COBRA notices with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the end, though, I was vaguely disappointed at the new notices. … More

protected content DOL Issues Technical Release on DOMA Issues

The Department of Labor (DOL) on September 18 released Technical Release 2013-04, which provides guidance to employee benefit plans on the definition of “spouse” and “marriage” under ERISA following the June decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor.… More

protected content DOL Unveils Exchange Notices and Revised COBRA Notices

Yesterday the Department of Labor released guidance on the notices that employers must provide to employees to inform them of the existence of the Exchanges and provided two model notices as well, one for employers that offer health coverage to some or all of their employees, and one for employers that do not offer coverage. At the same time, the DOL released a new version of its model COBRA notice, updated to reflect the availability of Exchange coverage.… More

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