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Updates

protected content AHCA Rumblings, FDA Bill Advances, HSA Limits, Medicare Hearings, and More!

I’ve got a number of updates for you, no action needed on your part – although please remember to let me know if you have thoughts on plan beneficiary disclosures we can consolidate or eliminate! And keep in mind that next Thursday the 18th is our May Third Thursday Call… More

protected content UFAs Appear, AHCA Update, Individual Market Stability, Rx “Brand Penalties,” and More

There have been a number of developments in the past several days, so I wanted to make sure you all had the latest – no action needed, just info below. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you on Monday in NYC at the In-House Benefits Counsel Network conference, and to seeing many more of you next week at ERIC’s Spring Policy Meeting! Hopefully as many ERIC members as possible will be represented. Now let’s get to the updates… More

protected content Nominations Move, Individual Markets, Litigation Update, and More

Good afternoon. I hope everyone is having a good week. It’s been a pretty busy last 2 weeks, between the executive transition, drama in Congress over nominations, the GOP policy retreat, ERIC’s board meeting last week, and more. Not to mention, a new executive order, specifying that for every new regulation the Administration puts out, they have to eliminate two others! This update will attempt to keep everyone abreast of these ongoing developments… More

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

protected content 6055 and NBPP Comments, Faster Generics, Sick Leave for Government Contractors, and More!

We’re one month out from the election, and the federal government is in a holding pattern, waiting for the outcome. Members of Congress continue to discuss their goals for the lame duck – and some are already planning how they will advance their agendas next year… 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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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

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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