Quality, Transparency & Consumerism

Updates

protected content Input needed on Rx bills, Treasury HSA meeting Friday, DOL explains mental health parity, and more

I hope you are all doing well. With the omnibus spending bill/possible shutdown coming to the brink this week, there’s a huge amount of activity going on. I have a number of things to share with you, could use some of your feedback, and have a couple reminders too… More

protected content HSA Limit Rapid Response Needed, New Upcoming Webinars, Value and Rx, New Studies and Quick Hits

I hope you are all having a good week and survived this Nor’easter everyone was so hyped about – apparently another one is coming! I’ve got a number of items for you, but if you read nothing else, please review the first item on HSA limits – I need to get back to Treasury on this ASAP, and I need your help… More

protected content HSA Bill Released, Survey Results, Health Transparency, Governors Plan, and More

We’ve been working on this for 6 months, so it’s a big deal that we finally have a package of improvements to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). The bill, which is sponsored by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Terri Sewell (D-AL)… More

protected content Nominations News, Rx Costs on the Hill, DRIVE, and America’s Health Rankings

We already sent an update out discussing the nomination hearing of Preston Rutledge, the President’s choice to head up the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) at the Department of Labor. It was mostly uneventful, with not a lot of discussion of health care… More

protected content ACA Taxes, Big DRIVE Health News, Rx Costs, and More!

Article by James Gelfand, Senior Vice President of Health Policy Hello ERIC members, I hope you’re all doing well. We’re in… 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

protected content HHS Secretary Burwell Sets Value-Based Goals for Medicare Payments

Yesterday HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell announced a concrete goal near and dear to the hearts of many large employers: moving Medicare payments away from fee-for-service and towards paying for delivery of health care services on the basis of value and care coordination. … More

Senate Finance Committee Seeking Ideas to Improve Health Care Transparency

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and former Chairman and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) released a letter urging all stakeholders to submit to the committee ideas that will enhance the availability and utility of health care data, while maintaining and protecting patient privacy. … More

ONC Releases Paper Outlining 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released a paper outlining a 10-year plan to achieve an interoperable health IT infrastructure. … More

protected content IRS Chief Counsel Advice Addresses FSA Carryovers and Eligibility for a HSA

An IRS Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) memorandum addresses various situations concerning an individual’s eligibility to contribute to a… More

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Legislative Documents

protected content What to Do with the ACA?  Review of Republican Alternative

Three Congressional Republicans, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on February 5 released a narrative of their ideas for an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

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

Senate Finance Committee Seeking Ideas to Improve Health Care Transparency

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and former Chairman and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) released a letter urging all stakeholders to submit to the committee ideas that will enhance the availability and utility of health care data, while maintaining and protecting patient privacy. … 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

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Regulatory Documents

IRS Provides 2015 Inflation Adjusted Amounts for HSAs

The Internal Revenue Service recently released in Revenue Procedure 2014-30 the 2015 inflation adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs). … More

protected content IRS Chief Counsel Advice Addresses FSA Carryovers and Eligibility for a HSA

An IRS Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) memorandum addresses various situations concerning an individual’s eligibility to contribute to a… More

protected content IRS Guidance Addresses Application of Windsor Decision on Cafeteria Plans and HSAs

Yesterday the IRS released Notice 2014-1 to provide more details on the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Windsor case, which found that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. … More

protected content IRS Issues New Cafeteria Plan Guidance

The IRS just issued Notice 2013-71 which modifies the rules for cafeteria plans. The Notice provides that companies can amend their cafeteria plans to allow up to $500 of unused amounts remaining at the end of the plan year to be used in the following plan year. … More

protected content Government Agencies Issue Guidance on EAPs and HRAs

The Departments of Treasury, Labor, and HHS today issued guidance on the relationship between employee assistance plans (EAPs) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

protected content Agencies Release FAQs on 2014 Summaries of Benefits and Coverage Requirements

The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services on April 23 jointly issued Frequently Asked Questions #14 (FAQ #14) addressing the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) requirements for the 2014 plan year under the Affordable Care Act. … More

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