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Amicus Briefs

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

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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

protected content ERIC Alert: Oregon Passes PFML Bill With ERIC Recommendations

On the last day of the state legislative session, the Oregon Senate reconvened and passed HB 2005, establishing a state paid family and medical leave insurance program… More

ERIC Win: MA Delays Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Deadlines

The Massachusetts Legislature has passed and sent SB 2255 to Governor Baker, officially delaying contribution collection and notice requirements for the state’s paid family and medical leave insurance program by three months… More

protected content Alert: Massachusetts Plans To Delay Paid Family and Medical Leave Tax Contributions

Massachusetts intends to delay the tax contributions under the state paid family and medical leave program by three months… More

ERIC joins other trades in push for electronic delivery

Last week, ERIC joined several other trade associations in urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to issue proposed regulations on electronic delivery as directed by the President’s Executive Order on Strengthening Retirement Security in America… More

ERIC Submits Regulatory Comment Letter on Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

Last week, ERIC submitted a regulatory comment letter addressing several concerns raised by Massachusetts's updated draft regulations related to implementation of the state’s paid family and medical leave insurance program… More

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 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

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Letters to Congress

ERIC Urges Congress to Repeal the Cadillac Tax

Today, ERIC sent a letter to Congress urging members to pass H.R. 748, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019,” which would eliminate the Cadillac tax… More

ERIC Comments on Senate HELP Health Care Cost Legislation

ERIC sent comment to the U.S.Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on the “Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019,” legislation.… More

40 Business Groups Send Senate HELP Committee Letter on Surprise Billing

ERIC, along with 39 other organizations,sent a letter to the U.S.Senate HELP Committee regarding its draft legislation, the “Lower Health Care Costs Act.” … 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

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

Arbitration Option is Not the Answer to Ending Surprise Medical Bills

As a result of including government-mandated baseball-style arbitration in this legislation, ERIC can no longer support the No Surprises Act… More

The Lower Health Care Costs Act Works

The Congressional Budget Office’s score of the Lower Health Care Costs Act proves that the bill works… More

ERIC Testifies About Uncashed Retirement Checks

ERIC today testified before the ERISA Advisory Council on permissive transfers of uncashed checks from ERISA plans to state unclaimed property funds… More

ERIC Testifies About the Surprise Medical Billing Crisis

ERIC today testified before the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce at a hearing titled “No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

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

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Testimony

protected content ERIC Testifies on Uncashed Checks and Permissive Transfers to State Unclaimed Property Funds

Yesterday, I testified on behalf of ERIC before The ERISA Advisory Council on the legal and practical concerns surrounding uncashed checks and state escheatment… More

ERIC Testifies About Uncashed Retirement Checks

ERIC today testified before the ERISA Advisory Council on permissive transfers of uncashed checks from ERISA plans to state unclaimed property funds… More

ERIC Testifies About the Surprise Medical Billing Crisis

ERIC today testified before the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce at a hearing titled “No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

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

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