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protected content Victory! Supreme Court Reverses Circuit in Major Retiree Health Case

Just a quick note to let you know that our amicus brief last year in CNH Industrial v. Reese was successful! ERIC’s brief was the only one that called on the Supreme Court to completely reverse the 6th Circuit, and instead rule in keeping with the Tackett cases that established the rules surrounding retiree health coverage and collective bargaining agreements… More

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ERIC Surveys

protected content Survey on the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act (LIDA)

ERIC created a survey on the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act (LIDA), the legislative proposal that would mandate the inclusion of an annuitized amount on retirement participants' plan statements… More

protected content Non-Qualified Plans and other Executive Arrangements Survey

At the request of one of our member companies, ERIC created a survey on non-qualified plans and other executive arrangement… More

protected content 2018 Member Policy Priorities Surveys

ERIC surveyed members on their federal health and retirement policy priorities, as well as their state policy priorities for 2018… More

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Letters to Agencies

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Comments on Louisiana State Innovation Waiver Application

Today, ERIC submitted comments on Louisiana’s State Innovation Waiver Application for a reinsurance program… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Ways to Stabilize Louisiana’s Individual Health Insurance Market

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

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Comments on DC Paid Leave Rules

This morning, ERIC submitted comments to the District of Columbia's Department of Employment Services on its proposed regulations for implementing the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (UPLA)… More

ERIC Submits Comments on DC Paid Leave Rulemaking

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Department of Employment Services’ (DOES) proposed rules implementing the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (UPLA), D.C. Law 21-264; D.C. Official Code § 32-541.01 et seq… More

ERIC Supports Pennsylvania Telehealth Legislation

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted testimony to the Pennsylvania State Senate in support of Senate Bill 780 (S. 780)… More

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Testimony in Support of Pennsylvania Telemedicine Bill

This week, ERIC submitted testimony to the Pennsylvania Senate on Senate Bill 780. This bill was introduced last June and has been slowly making its way through the legislative process, most recently being passed out of the Banking and Insurance Committee in January… More

Letter to HHS Secretary About Inappropriate Steering of Patients with End Stage Renal Disease

We are writing to request that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) take immediate action to address recent disclosures confirming inappropriate steering of individuals with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) who are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid into commercial coverage… More

ERIC Comments on Albany’s Local Paid Sick Law

ERIC submitted comments to the County of Albany County Legislature on its proposed local law to provide access to paid sick time … More

ERIC’s Written Testimony on Louisiana’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 Louisiana’s individual health insurance market through a reinsurance program. ERIC is the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement, and compensation public policies at the federal, state, and local levels. We speak in one voice for our members on their benefit and compensation interests, including many members with employees and retirees in Louisiana… More

ERIC Comments on Austin’s Proposed Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

ERIC sent a letter to Austin councilmembers on the city's proposed earned sick time ordinance and it's effects on the city's large employers… More

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Comments on Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure Proposed Rule

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure on a proposed rule to Part 2640 that could impact telemedicine in the state… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Mississippi’s Part 2640 Proposed Rules

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you consider the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure proposed rules for Part 2640… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Program

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on proposed changes to the Medicare prescription drug program… More

California State Retirement Plan Has Opportunity to Protect Employer-Sponsored Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments to the California Secure Choice Retirement Investment Savings Board regarding the state’s Secure Choice Program’s reporting requirements included in the draft emergency regulations… More

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Letters to Congress

protected content Victory on MHP Penalties! Also… Lot’s of MHP stuff

Just a short note to fill the rest of your week with mental health parity (MHP) reading and excitement. This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee finished their markup that included S. 2680, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. The bill was favorably reported out of committee by unanimous consent… More

ERIC’s Letter to U.S. Senate on Lifetime Income Disclosure Act

We strongly support the Retirement Enhancement & Savings Act (RESA), and encourage you to advance this legislation in the Omnibus package currently being debated-with one critical modification relating to the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act (LIDA) mandate… More

ERIC Comments on Maryland Paid Sick Leave

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) applauds the Maryland General Assembly’s efforts to increase access to paid sick and safe leave to its workers, but believe it should be accomplished in a manner that does not hinder employers in the process. The “Maryland Healthy Working Families Act” (“Act”), while well-intentioned, provides limited time for employers to make the necessary changes in order to be in compliance with the Act by February 11, 2018 (i.e., the implementation date of the Act)… More

ERIC Supports Chronic Disease Management Act

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for introducing the Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018. ERIC strongly supports your bill to transform Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) into health benefit vehicles with vast potential for health improvement and savings. This legislation would significantly improve HSAs, making them a more versatile and effective tool for employees and plan sponsors… More

ERIC Comments on Maryland’s Paid Sick Leave Law

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) applauds the Maryland General Assembly’s efforts to increase access to paid sick and safe leave to its workers, but believe it should be accomplished in a manner that does not hinder employers in the process… More

ERIC Supports the Upcoming Continuing Resolution

Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), we write today to urge you to support the upcoming Continuing… More

ERIC Sends Letter to Congress Calling for Delay of the Cadillac Tax

Today, ERIC submitted a joint letter, with 36 business groups, calling on Congress to delay the Cadillac tax.… More

Letter to Congressmen Kelly and Kind Opposing Rightsizing Pension Premiums Act of 2017

The ERISA Industry Committee ("ERIC") applauds any effort to stop the unnecessary increases in premiums paid to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ("PBGC") from plan sponsors of single-employer defined benefit plans; however, we are concerned with any legislation that has the potential to unfairly place the solvency of the PBGC single-employer trust fund on the backs of large employers… More

ERIC Sends Joint Letter to Senators McConnell and Hatch on Frozen DB Plans

ERIC sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch on frozen defined benefit plans… More

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Press Releases

ERIC Supports Pennsylvania Telehealth Legislation

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted testimony to the Pennsylvania State Senate in support of Senate Bill 780 (S. 780)… More

ERIC Settles Lawsuit Against Oregon Retirement Savings Board, Secures Exemption for ERIC Members

ERIC has settled its lawsuit against the Oregon Retirement Savings Board (OSRB). ERIC sued the OSRB last October for violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 with the employer reporting requirement imposed by its state-run mandatory retirement plan, OregonSaves… More

ERIC Asks For Pay Parity Change in Connecticut Telehealth Legislation

ERIC has asked the Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committee on Public Health to eliminate provisions in House Bill 5299 that would artificially inflate the cost of telemedicine by imposing government requirements on reimbursement rates… More

ERIC and Broad Coalition Push Health Savings Account Reforms for Omnibus

ERIC has teamed with a diverse coalition of partners to promote a bipartisan legislative package to fix longstanding challenges with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans… More

Congress Must Act Now to Update HSA Policies

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) strongly endorses the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act of 2018, and calls on both the United States Senate and House of Representatives to move swiftly to enact the bill’s broadly-supported updates to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and the HSA Flexible Health Plans that go with them… More

ERIC Supports the Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act

ERIC supports Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) introduction of the “Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act,” which would create a central database allowing current and soon-to-be retirees to view the location of their retirement funds. It also provides needed guidance to employers on the steps that must be taken to locate former employees who are still vested in the company’s retirement plan… More

ERIC Applauds Inclusion of CHRONIC Care Act in Continuing Resolution

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for including the CHRONIC Care Act in the Continuing Resolution (CR), which will expand the use of telehealth for treating and diagnosing strokes and make it easier for enrollees to pay for telehealth services… More

ERIC Victory: Congress Delays Cadillac Tax Until 2022

Today marks a victory for ERIC. Nine years ago, ERIC began its fight against the 40 percent ‘Cadillac’ excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance, and strongly supported the 2-year delay contained in the Continuing Resolution… More

ERIC Looks Forward to Working with DOL to Combat Regulatory Burdens

As we begin 2018, The ERISA Industry Committee looks forward to working with leadership at the Department of Labor (DOL), including newly confirmed Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Preston Rutledge, to combat the regulatory burdens imposed on companies that sponsor employee benefit plans… More

California State Retirement Plan Has Opportunity to Protect Employer-Sponsored Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments to the California Secure Choice Retirement Investment Savings Board regarding the state’s Secure Choice Program’s reporting requirements included in the draft emergency regulations… More

It’s Official: Sufficient Support in U.S. House of Representatives to Completely Repeal Cadillac Tax

The ERISA Industry Committee (applauds Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) for reaching a critical milestone on their legislation, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017” (H.R.173). The bill, which would fully repeal the 40 percent ‘Cadillac’ excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance, is now cosponsored by more than half of all House members, meaning that if it were brought up for a vote, it is virtually guaranteed to pass. An amendment completely repealing the Cadillac tax was passed in the Senate earlier this year… More

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Testimony

ERIC Submits Testimony on Pennsylvania Telemedicine Bill

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting testimony from interested stakeholders as you explore opportunities to expand and improve the delivery of health care through telemedicine in Pennsylvania… More

ERIC’s Written Testimony on New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) appreciates the opportunity to submit written testimony for Assembly Bill 1827 (“A1827”), which would provide paid sick leave to employees in New Jersey… More

ERIC’s Testimony to the New Jersey Assembly on State’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 New Jersey’s individual health insurance market through a reinsurance program… More

ERIC’s Testimony to the New Jersey Senate on State’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 New Jersey’s individual health insurance market through a reinsurance program… More

ERIC Asks For Pay Parity Change in Connecticut Telehealth Legislation

ERIC has asked the Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committee on Public Health to eliminate provisions in House Bill 5299 that would artificially inflate the cost of telemedicine by imposing government requirements on reimbursement rates… More

ERIC Testimony Regarding Nebraska Legislative Bill 844

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) appreciates the opportunity to submit written testimony for Legislative Bill 844 (“LB844”), which would adopt the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, to the Nebraska Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee … More

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