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Updates

protected content HHS Nominee Hearing Coming, End-of-Year Health Care Legislation, HSA Action, and More

On November 29 at 9:30am, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing on Alex Azar’s nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Committee hearing is a “courtesy hearing”—it will not be a vote on Azar’s nomination (the Senate Finance Committee is the one that will have to report Azar out to the Senate floor). Azar’s nomination to fill the vacancy left by Secretary Tom Price was announced on November 13 by President Trump… More

protected content Tax reform, Opioids, San Francisco, and More!

Let’s start with this: on the issue of protecting the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance, we win! For now… More

protected content Market Stabilization, HIPAA Relief, Wellness, Opioids, and More

It has been a busy week in DC, with a lot of movement on health issues. Does this mean anything of substance will necessarily get done? Of course not. But hey, it could happen! I’ve got a number of updates for you below, so let’s get to it… More

protected content BCRA Update, HHS RFI on ACA Regs, Commonwealth on Rx Pricing, and the NYT Discovers Value-Based Ins

By now you have likely seen that the Senate GOP has released a new draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We’ll go through the major changes, as well as some other updates… More

protected content Health Reform Update, EO on Rx, EBRI Data, and Mental Health Parity Rules

Good afternoon! We thought this week may be it – crunch time for “repeal and replace,” the final countdown, will it happen or not... turns out not. The vote is now on hold… More

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Court Rulings

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

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ERIC Surveys

protected content Member Survey on Sabbatical Leave, Wellness & PBMs

ERIC conducted a survey of its members, on sabbatical leave, wellness programs, and the use of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) for your prescription drug benefit… More

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Government Reports

protected content Review of Health Provisions Included in President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget

Today the president released his proposed budget ideas for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts this coming October 1. From my vantage point … More

DOL Posts Final 2014 ERISA Advisory Council Reports

The Department of Labor recently posted to its website the final reports from the three topics (facilitating lifetime plan participation, outsourcing employee benefit plan services, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) compensation and fee disclosure) the ERISA Advisory Council in 2014 studied and made recommendations for the DOL’s consideration. … More

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ERISA Advisory Council Offers Recommendations on Lifetime Income, PBM Disclosure, and Outsourcing Plan Services

The ERISA Advisory Council recently presented its recommendations to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the topics it studied in 2014, which included facilitating lifetime plan participation, whether to extend DOL’s service provider fee disclosure regulation to pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and outsourcing employee benefit plan services.… More

protected content Analysis of Health-Related Proposals in Obama Administration’s FY 2014 Budget

As promised, President Obama formally released his budget yesterday for Fiscal Year 2014 (which starts October 1, 2013 and runs through September 30, 2014.) Although the really earth-shaking developments are mostly on the retirement side, there were nonetheless some interesting developments on the health front … More

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Judicial Documents

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

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Legislative Documents

protected content Review of Health Provisions Included in President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget

Today the president released his proposed budget ideas for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts this coming October 1. From my vantage point … More

protected content Analysis of Health-Related Proposals in Obama Administration’s FY 2014 Budget

As promised, President Obama formally released his budget yesterday for Fiscal Year 2014 (which starts October 1, 2013 and runs through September 30, 2014.) Although the really earth-shaking developments are mostly on the retirement side, there were nonetheless some interesting developments on the health front … 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 CMS to Reconsider Restrictive Requirements on Part D Automatic Prescription Refills

ERIC, along with several other employer business groups, on June 11 wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging the agency to reconsider unnecessarily restrictive requirements on automatic prescription refill programs under Medicare Part D. … More

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Letters to Congress

protected content HHS Nominee Hearing Coming, End-of-Year Health Care Legislation, HSA Action, and More

On November 29 at 9:30am, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing on Alex Azar’s nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Committee hearing is a “courtesy hearing”—it will not be a vote on Azar’s nomination (the Senate Finance Committee is the one that will have to report Azar out to the Senate floor). Azar’s nomination to fill the vacancy left by Secretary Tom Price was announced on November 13 by President Trump… More

ERIC and Over 400 Organizations Express Opposition to House Health Care Reform Bill

ERIC and over 400 other companies and organizations on November 4 wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader John… More

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Policy Briefs

Overview of the Final Health Care Reform Law

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

ERIC and Over 400 Organizations Express Opposition to House Health Care Reform Bill

ERIC and over 400 other companies and organizations on November 4 wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader John… More

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Press Releases

ERIC Responds to Mercer Survey of Employer-Sponsored Plans

Today’s release of data from Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, highlights the important role large employers’ play as plan sponsors… More

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Regulatory Documents

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 Government Gives Us the Answer We Want on ACA OOP Limits

Yesterday the Department of Labor, along with HHS and Treasury, issued 12 new questions and answers, including the clarification of a key concern that we have been relentlessly bugging them about for months now: can a plan have two separate cost-sharing limits that in the aggregate comply with the overall out-of-pocket limit under the Affordable Care Act? … More

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