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Amicus Briefs

protected content Jander v. Retirement Plans Committee of IBM, et al

Click here to view a brief description of the facts, issues, and importance of an anticipated petition for a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in Jander v. Retirement Plans Committee of IBM, et al… More

protected content Amicus Brief Opportunity in Retirement Case

ERIC is interested in supporting a legal case by filing an amicus brief and would like your support… More

ERIC Files Amicus Brief in Brotherston v. Putnam Investments

ERIC joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Benefits Council, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the American Retirement Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Business Roundtable in filing an amicus brief in the case Brotherston v. Putnam Investments… More

protected content Draft brief for Brotherston v. Putnam Investments

Please review the draft brief for Brotherston v. Putnam Investments. Putnam is filing a petition for certiorari to encourage the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on two issues… More

protected content Rx rebate mayhem, Amicus filed in 5th Circuit, New caddy data, and more!

Yesterday, the Administration announced its proposed rule to lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs “by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients and bringing new transparency to prescription drug markets” … More

protected content 2 Potential amicus briefs – Please review

We are interested in supporting two legal cases with the filing of amicus briefs and would like your support. One is a health care case and the other a retirement case… More

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ERIC Surveys

protected content ESG Investing and ERISA Advisory Council Topics

EBSA has sent a Federal Register Notice announcing an April 10, 2019 ERISA Advisory Council meeting, to set topics for the 2019 Council… More

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Letters to Agencies

ERIC Continues Push for Change in Missing Participant Audits

ERIC continues to seek changes in the missing participant audit process by requesting an end to closing letters that contain a fiduciary breach finding… More

protected content ERIC Member Feedback Requested: Draft Massachusetts Regulation Comment Letter

ERIC has prepared a draft regulation comment letter addressing concerns raised by Massachusetts's updated draft regulations related to implementation of the state’s paid family and medical leave program… More

protected content Coalition Letter Submitted to on Massachusetts EMAC; Win in the House

As we’ve alerted you to previously, the Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution is scheduled to sunset at the end of this year, but there is some concern that it may be extended… More

protected content D.C City Council Universal Paid Leave Tax Contributions Meeting; Congressional Hearing on PFML

Yesterday, the D.C. City Council held a joint working group meeting to discuss aspects of Final Regulations covering tax contribution collection for the District’s Universal Paid Leave Program… More

Alert - Louisiana Bill Enabling State Regulation of PBMs

ERIC is urging the Louisiana Senate against regulating self-insured health plans. Together with the Louisiana Business Group on Health, we are warning the Senate that Louisiana Senate Bill 41, which relates to the regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, treads on federal territory protected by ERISA… More

protected content ERIC Submits Comment Letter on Maine Paid Family and Medical Leave Proposals

Three bills related to paid family and medical leave were heard in the Maine Committee on Labor and Housing last Friday, April 19. ERIC submitted a comment letter to the Committee outlining our applicable paid leave principles and addressing issues with the bills as currently drafted… More

protected content Alert: ERIC Signs Letter on Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution Supplement Tax

want to provide a brief update on the Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution supplement tax (EMAC)… More

ERIC Responds to RFI on Grandfathered Health Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee is pleased to submit these comments in response to a recently-issued request for information (RFI) on grandfathered health plans… More

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Comments on North Dakota Telemedicine Legislation

On Thursday, ERIC submitted comments to the North Dakota House Human Services Committee on Senate Bill 2094, which relates to telemedicine… More

ERIC Supports North Dakota Telemedicine Bill

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you consider the proposed legislation, Senate Bill 2094, regarding telemedicine… More

protected content ERIC Comments on Maine State Retirement Savings Plan

ERIC has submitted a letter to Maine state legislators addressing concerns with proposed legislation currently under consideration regarding the state's retirement savings plan… More

protected content ERIC Comments on Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave

Yesterday, ERIC submitted a letter to Connecticut state legislators addressing concerns with proposed paid family and medical leave legislation… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Maine Biosimilar Bill

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Maine House Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services regarding Legislative Document 659, which would allow pharmacists to make biosimilar substitutions… More

Alert: ERIC Submits Comments on Arkansas Biosimilar Bill

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Arkansas House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on House Bill 1269, which would allow pharmacists to make biosimilar substitutions… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

Today, ERIC submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave commenting on preliminary draft regulations related to the implementation of the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Law… More

protected content Alert: Telehealth Updates in Washington, Georgia, and Florida

As we’ve discussed, payment parity for telemedicine services is the issue de jour this legislative session, and we wanted to provide you with a brief rundown of some of this month’s activity related to it. The following is a synopsis of telemedicine bills in Washington, Georgia, and Florida.… More

ERIC Weighs in on Guidance Related to Missing Retirement Plan Participants

ERIC submitted suggestions to the U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary of Labor Preston Rutledge on guidance related to the challenge of employers locating missing retirement plan participants… More

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Comment Letters on Washington and Oklahoma State Retirement Savings Program Bill

This week ERIC submitted letters in two different states reminding them of the preemption provisions for employers that currently sponsor retirement plans under ERISA. Both Washington state and Oklahoma are considering the implementation of mandatory state-administered IRA programs which would contravene ERISA’s preemption provisions… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Oklahoma State Retirement Plan Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee is writing regarding Oklahoma Senate Bill 934 (“SB 934”) to urge the legislators to acknowledge the preemption provisions under federal law—The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”)—by exempting employers that already provide access to a retirement savings plan from the requirements of SB 934… More

ERIC Comments on Modernizing Part D & Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices & Reduce Costs

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to the Proposed Rule on “Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out of Pocket Expenses"… More

ERIC Comments on Proposed Regulations Relating to Hardship Distribution Provisions

ERIC submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service on proposed regulations relating to hardship distribution provisions for 401(k) plans… More

ERIC Submits Comments on North Dakota’s Reinsurance Program

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you explore ways to stabilize North Dakota’s individual health insurance market through a reinsurance program… More

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Letters to Congress

ERIC Advocates for Legislation to Improve Retirement Security

ERIC has been actively advocating for improvements to the private retirement system. ERIC submitted a statement to the Senate Finance Committee’s hearing on the Retirement Enhancement Security Act… More

protected content Retirement Legislation Introduced, Senate Finance Committee Hearing, Regular Rate Proposal

ERIC submits letters on new retirement legislation and Senate Finance Committee hearing; DOL extends comment period for regular rate of pay proposal… More

protected content PBGC Director Confirmed and IRS Determination Letter Program Partially Re-opened

On April 30, Congress confirmed Gordon Hartogensis as the new director of the PBGC. ERIC sent a letter of support earlier in this process and looks forward to working with him on maintaining PBGC premium levels for single-employer plans and addressing the multiemployer pension crisis… More

ERIC Provides Guidance to Hill Staff on Surprise Medical Billing

ERIC is heavily engaged with congressional staff on developing proactive solutions to protect our employees, retirees, and their families, ensure that their benefits provide them with access to high quality health care, and eliminate the financial woes caused by defects in the current system… More

ERIC Supports Passage of the STAR ACT

ERIC sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee stating our support for H.R. 2113, the “Prescription Drug Sunshine, Transparency, Accountability and Reporting Act… More

40 Business Organizations Team Up to Take on Surprise Medical Billing

Thirty-four business organizations sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, praising lawmakers for taking up the costly crisis of surprise medical billing, and calling for specific legislative changes to protect patients and end the crisis… More

ERIC Urges Lawmakers to Modify Lifetime Income Disclosure Provisions

ERIC sent a letter to U.S. Representative Richard Neal (D-MA), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging him to modify the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act provision currently contained in the Retirement Enhancement & Savings Act and the newly introduced SECURE Act… More

protected content Federal Retirement Legislation Mark-up

As we reported on Friday, the House Ways and Means Committee is holding a mark-up of retirement legislation tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2… More

protected content ERIC Submits Letters on RESA Mark-Up and Hartogensis Nomination

We have heard that the House Ways and Means Committee is holding a mark-up of the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act on Tuesday, April 5.… More

ERIC Joins in Supporting Anti-Discrimination Policy Under the Equality Act

ERIC joined over 40 other business groups in a statement supporting anti-discrimination policies for sexual orientation and sexual identity… More

ERIC Outlines Top Health Priorities for Congress in New Letter

ERIC submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on specific legislative solutions for reducing health care costs… More

protected content ERIC Works with U.S. Senate on Solutions to Reduce Health Care Costs

ERIC submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on specific legislative, regulatory, or subregulatory solutions for reducing health care costs… More

ERIC Provides Guidance on Surprise Medical Billing Crisis

Today, ERIC sent a letter to the U.S. Senate addressing the surprise medical billing crisis. ERIC is committed to working toward proactive solutions to protect patients from unconscionable bills, while preventing efforts to entrench damaging and anticompetitive behavior by select, problematic parts of the health industry, and ensuring that unfair and unnecessary costs are not simply socialized in the form of higher premium costs for everyone … More

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Press Releases

ERIC Applauds Passage of SECURE Act

ERIC applauds the passage of the SECURE Act and the bipartisan effort to provide greater retirement security. In particular, we appreciate the permanent fix to allow workers to continue accruing benefits in frozen pension plans, the extension of the required minimum distribution rules, and help for student debt repayment… More

ERIC Takes Fight on Surprise Medical Billing to Capitol Hill

ERIC today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee in a “Hearing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

ERIC Advocates for Legislation to Improve Retirement Security

ERIC has been actively advocating for improvements to the private retirement system. ERIC submitted a statement to the Senate Finance Committee’s hearing on the Retirement Enhancement Security Act… More

ERIC Secures Exemption for Members From IL Secure Choice Retirement Savings Reporting Requirements

ERIC has secured a permanent exemption for ERIC members from the Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program reporting requirements.… More

40 Business Organizations Team Up to Take on Surprise Medical Billing

Thirty-four business organizations sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, praising lawmakers for taking up the costly crisis of surprise medical billing, and calling for specific legislative changes to protect patients and end the crisis… More

ERIC Urges Lawmakers to Modify Lifetime Income Disclosure Provisions

ERIC sent a letter to U.S. Representative Richard Neal (D-MA), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging him to modify the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act provision currently contained in the Retirement Enhancement & Savings Act and the newly introduced SECURE Act… More

ERIC Outlines Top Health Priorities for Congress in New Letter

ERIC submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on specific legislative solutions for reducing health care costs… More

ERIC CEO Testifies Before Arkansas Lawmakers on Telemedicine Bill

Annette Guarisco Fildes, President and CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), today testified before the Arkansas House Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor in support of House Bill 1220, legislation to expand access to telemedicine… More

ERIC Adds Experience to Its Staff with the Hiring of Two D.C. Insiders

ERIC is pleased to announce Aliya Robinson as the new Senior Vice President of Retirement and Compensation Policy and LeAnne Wilson as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships… More

ERIC Advocates for Student Loan & Hardship Withdrawal Policies to Promote Employee Savings

The ERISA Industry Committee started 2019 off with a flurry of comments on retirement policies affecting large plan sponsors… More

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Testimony

ERIC Statement to Ways and Means Committee on Paid Family and Medical Leave

Today, ERIC submitted a statement to the House Ways and Means Committee in consideration of its hearing entitled, “Paid Family and Medical Leave: Helping Workers and Employers Succeed" … More

ERIC Takes Fight on Surprise Medical Billing to Capitol Hill

ERIC today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee in a “Hearing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

ERIC CEO Testifies Before Arkansas Lawmakers on Telemedicine Bill

Annette Guarisco Fildes, President and CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), today testified before the Arkansas House Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor in support of House Bill 1220, legislation to expand access to telemedicine… More

protected content ERIC Calls on Congress to Address Multiemployer Pension Crisis

ERIC submitted a statement calling on Congress to act immediately and comprehensively to address this crisis.… More

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Testimony on Washington Telemedicine Payment Parity Bill

Today, ERIC submitted written testimony on Washington Senate Bill 5385, which would require that telemedicine services be reimbursed at the same rate as in-person services… More

ERIC Submits Testimony on Washington State Telemedicine Payment Parity Bill

Today, ERIC submitted testimony to the Washington state Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee regarding opportunities to expand and improve the delivery of health care through telemedicine in Washington… More

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