Preventive Care

Updates

protected content New Claims and Appeals Procedures for Disability Benefits and Final ACA Consumer Protection Rules

The Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed regulation that would amend the claims and appeal rules currently applicable to employees who file for disability benefits… More

Government Issues Final Rules on ACA Cost-Sharing and Contraceptives; Ohio and Oregon Weigh In on State Taxes Post-DOMA

Late this past Friday afternoon, HHS and its pals issued final regulations on the rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that require the provision of certain preventive services without cost sharing… More

protected content Government Issues Final Rules on Limited Wrap-Around Coverage

Yesterday the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and HHS issued final regulations to amend the definition of “excepted benefits” under section 9832 of the Internal Revenue Code to include certain limited “wraparound” coverage. … More

protected content Senate and House Introduce Favorable Bills on Wellness

Eight House and Senate Republicans have introduced two identical bills to stop the EEOC from pursuing what the agency claims are violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by employer-based wellness programs. … More

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District Court Denies EEOC’s Request for Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against Company Wellness Program

Today, the judge in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota denied EEOC’s request for a TRO/PI, finding that the Honeywell wellness program inflicted no “irreparable harm”. … More

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Court Rulings

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District Court Denies EEOC’s Request for Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against Company Wellness Program

Today, the judge in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota denied EEOC’s request for a TRO/PI, finding that the Honeywell wellness program inflicted no “irreparable harm”. … More

protected content EEOC Leaps into the Wellness Fray AGAIN

The EEOC has double-downed on their rulemaking-through-lawsuit approach to wellness programs by suing Flambeau, Inc., for a similar violation of the ADA. … More

ERIC and Epstein Becker Green Release Summer 2014 Edition of Benefits Litigation Update

Attached please find the latest edition of the Benefits Litigation Update, a joint project of ERIC and the law firm of Epstein Becker Green. In this Benefits Litigation Update, we are focusing on … More

protected content SCOTUS Delivers This June’s Verdict on the ACA … and Contraceptives

Today the Supreme Court of the United States, in its last decision of the term, found that the HHS regulations imposing the “no-cost contraceptives” requirement of the Affordable Care Act violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 with respect to three for-profit, closely-held corporations. … More

protected content U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on ACA Contraception Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments recently, in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, with respect to the contraception coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).… More

protected content Supreme Court Justice Temporarily Halts Enforcement of Contraceptive Mandate Against Nuns

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on December 31 issued an order temporarily blocking enforcement of the contraceptive mandate against a nonprofit religious group, ordering the federal government to respond by January 3 (Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Sebelius). … More

protected content U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Two ACA Contraceptive Mandate Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier today announced that it will hear challenges to the requirement that employers must provide contraceptive coverage as part of the preventive services mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius.… More

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Judicial Documents

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District Court Denies EEOC’s Request for Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against Company Wellness Program

Today, the judge in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota denied EEOC’s request for a TRO/PI, finding that the Honeywell wellness program inflicted no “irreparable harm”. … More

protected content EEOC Leaps into the Wellness Fray AGAIN

The EEOC has double-downed on their rulemaking-through-lawsuit approach to wellness programs by suing Flambeau, Inc., for a similar violation of the ADA. … More

protected content EEOC Leaps into the Wellness Fray

In a complaint filed yesterday, the EEOC sued Orion Energy Systems Inc. The EEOC claims that Orion violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because it forced an employee to submit to medical exams and inquiries that were not job-related and consistent with business necessity as part of a wellness program that, according to the EEOC, was not voluntary. … More

ERIC and Epstein Becker Green Release Summer 2014 Edition of Benefits Litigation Update

Attached please find the latest edition of the Benefits Litigation Update, a joint project of ERIC and the law firm of Epstein Becker Green. In this Benefits Litigation Update, we are focusing on … More

protected content SCOTUS Delivers This June’s Verdict on the ACA … and Contraceptives

Today the Supreme Court of the United States, in its last decision of the term, found that the HHS regulations imposing the “no-cost contraceptives” requirement of the Affordable Care Act violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 with respect to three for-profit, closely-held corporations. … More

protected content U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on ACA Contraception Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments recently, in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, with respect to the contraception coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).… More

protected content Supreme Court Justice Temporarily Halts Enforcement of Contraceptive Mandate Against Nuns

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on December 31 issued an order temporarily blocking enforcement of the contraceptive mandate against a nonprofit religious group, ordering the federal government to respond by January 3 (Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Sebelius). … More

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Legislative Documents

protected content Senate and House Introduce Favorable Bills on Wellness

Eight House and Senate Republicans have introduced two identical bills to stop the EEOC from pursuing what the agency claims are violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by employer-based wellness programs. … More

protected content Senate Fails to Advance Legislation to Address Hobby Lobby Decision

The Senate on July 16 failed to overcome a procedural hurdle to move forward on legislation that seeks to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. … More

protected content House Passes Bill to Shield Expat Plans from the ACA

After a failure earlier in the month, the House on April 29 managed to pass a bill, HR 4414, that basically would allow expat health plans to wiggle out from under the yoke of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

Key Health Care Reform Legislative Documents (H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872)

The House and Senate on March 25, 2010, approved the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), the "sidecar" reconciliation… More

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Letters to Agencies

ERIC Urges Regulators to Support Policies that Encourage Workplace Wellness Programs

ERIC News Release For Immediate Release: February 24, 2011 Washington, D.C. -- Gretchen Young, Senior Vice President for Health Policy at… More

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Press Releases

ERIC Urges EEOC to Adopt Rules that Foster Workplace Wellness Programs

Testifying today before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) strongly encouraged the agency to adopt guidance making clear that incentive-based workplace wellness programs are permissible in order to allow these programs to expand and succeed. Amy Moore of Covington & Burling LLP testified on behalf of ERIC.… More

ERIC Urges Regulators to Support Policies that Encourage Workplace Wellness Programs

ERIC News Release For Immediate Release: February 24, 2011 Washington, D.C. -- Gretchen Young, Senior Vice President for Health Policy at… More

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Testimony

protected content The Enduring Trials and Tribulations of Wellness Programs, Plus a New FocusOn Call

Yesterday the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in response to several years of badgering by (and numerous meetings with) ERIC and our member companies, held a hearing to address “Wellness Programs under Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws.” … More

ERIC Urges EEOC to Adopt Rules that Foster Workplace Wellness Programs

Testifying today before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) strongly encouraged the agency to adopt guidance making clear that incentive-based workplace wellness programs are permissible in order to allow these programs to expand and succeed. Amy Moore of Covington & Burling LLP testified on behalf of ERIC.… More

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