ERIC in the News

ERIC’s advocacy efforts are covered by news media from across the country, especially by the trade press. The following are recent news stories that highlight or reference ERIC's efforts to advance legislation and regulations that impact our member companies. These include articles about health care, retirement, legal issues, and telehealth.

NEWS DIRECTORY

Seattle hotel benefits law preempted By ERISA, judge told
Law360- 10/26/18

Regulatory Wrap-Up: Weekly recap of retail-related judicial, legislative developments
Chain Store Age - 10/22/18

New job perk that’s luring employees, helping them cut college debt
The Fresno Bee - 10/22/18

Trump administration staying away from courts on retirement plan issues
Pensions & Investments - 10/15/18

Trump approves prohibition on pharmacy 'gag clauses'
Law360 - 10/10/18

Legislation signed into laws prohibiting 'gag clauses' for pharmacies
Pharmacy Times - 10/10/18

No more choosing. This corporate benefit lets you save and pay off your student loans.
Circa - 10/09/18

DOL called out for lack of ESOP guidance
Plan Adviser - 10/8/18

Experts: Protections on pre-existing conditions at risk
The Chronicle - 10/8/18

Members of Congress ask Trump to protect ESOPs
Plan Sponsor - 10/8/18

Seattle says hotel benefits law isn't barred by ERISA
Law360 - 10/5/18

Paying Paul without robbing Peter: A tax-friendly way for employers to fund student-loan obligated employees’ 401(k) plans
Bloomberg BNA - 10/4/18

IRS letter ruling generates interest in employer student loan benefit plans, but be aware of testing and other issues
LexBlog - 10/4/18

House passes bills prohibiting pharmacy gag clauses on drug prices
Healthcare Finance - 9/27/18

House bill would extend Cadillac tax delay
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business - 9/21/18

Retirement pros optimistic on lifetime income disclosure deal
Bloomberg Law - 9/20/18

Senate passes bill to prohibit gag clauses in pharmacies
Pharmacy Times - 9/18/18

Seattle delays I-124 medical requirements
JD Supra - 9/17/18

A great new way your employer might help you with student loan debt
The Motley Fool - 9/16/18

Employers' role in solving surprise medical bills
Axios - 9/14/18

ERISA industry group wants delay of ACA 'Cadillac tax'
Law360 - 9/11/18

Seattle holds off on enforcing employer mandate after lawsuit
InsideHealthPolicy- 9/11/18

Seattle won’t enforce law that requires hotels to provide health insurance to workers 
Politico - 9/7/18

Seattle agrees to suspend hotel benefits law for now
Law360 - 9/6/18

Student Loan Assistance: The Next Big Thing?
NAPA.net - 9/5/18

IRS ruling on student-debt help could prompt other plans to act
Pensions & Investments - 9/3/18

Trump moves to ease retirement regs for small business
Law360 - 8/31/18

Abbott 401(k) program to help employees who have student debt could become national model
Chicago Tribune - 8/31/18

Will student loan match disrupt 401k plans’ tax benefits?
401(k) Specialist - 8/30/18

ERIC asks IRS for revenue ruling on student loan repayment benefit
PlanSponsor - 8/30/18

Employers ask IRS to broaden 401(k) student loan ruling to all qualified plans
Employee Benefit News - 8/30/18

ERIC wants IRS to expand on PLR about student loan repayment benefit
Plan Adviser - 8/30/18

Sponsors ask IRS to extend 401(k) student loan ruling to all qualified plans
BenefitsPro - 8/29/18

IRS guidance could help workers with student debt: Group
Law360 - 8/29/18

Top 10 stories: Carmen Best, the Showbox, and Matt Manweller
Seattle Met - 8/21/18

Insurers, unions object to higher ESRD costs to pay for opioid treatment
Healio - 8/21/18

Top lobbying groups urge Senate to oppose parts of House-passed opioids bill
The Hill - 8/20/18

Overnight Health Care: Azar defends approach on drug rebates | Trump presses Senate to act quickly on opioid crisis
The Hill - 8/20/18

Payers, unions protest additional cost shift of ESRD services in opioid bill
The American Journal of Managed Care - 8/20/18

ERISA group files suit against Seattle over health insurance initiative
InsideHealthPolicy - 8/15/18

Washington: Lawsuit seeks to block initiative requiring hotels to provide coverage
PoliticoPro - 8/15/18

ERISA industry group looks to block Seattle benefits rule
Law360 - 8/14/18

Seattle sued (again) over hotel worker protections
Crosscut - 8/14/18

Seattle faces legal test over hotel worker insurance mandate
Bloomberg Law - 8/14/18 (subscription required)

ERIC tries to reroute New York City private-sector retirement plan proposal
PlanSponsor - 8/1/18

Large employers: Wider preventive-care definition better than point-of-sale rebates
InsideHealthPolicy - 7/30/18

ERIC calls foul in DOL’s missing participant push
PlanSponsor - 7/27/18

Industry group asks DOL for guidance on finding missing participants
InvestmentNews - 7/26/18

ERISA Industry Committee asks DOL for guidance on finding missing participants
Pensions & Investments - 7/25/18

Illinois Secure Choice retirement plan could face legal challenge
Bloomberg Law - 7/20/18

Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act reintroduced in Congress
Plan Adviser - 7/11/18

ARA asks Congress to expand EPCRS self-correction program
NAPA.net - 6/26/18

Employment Law This Week: NLRB GC’s workplace policies memo, proposed joint-employer rule, disclosure requirements for startups, sex harassment confidentiality agreements
The National Law Review - 6/18/18

Experts: Protections on pre-existing conditions at risk
Associated Press - 6/14/18

Business groups decry IRS enforcement of ACA employer mandate
Compensation.BLR.com - 6/08/18

As opioids legislation gains steam, efforts to address crisis collide with moneyed interests
STAT News - 6/07/18

Business groups urge support of bipartisan HSA bill
Politico - 6/06/18

IRS continues to issue Obamacare penalties despite Trump order
Bloomberg Law - 6/04/18

Taxpayer advocacy group challenges CalSavers
NAPA.net - 6/04/18

Employer groups demand Administration scrap ACA employer mandate, say notification requirements not met
InsideHealthPolicy - 5/30/18 (subscription required)

Business groups ask IRS to suspend ACA coverage penalties
PoliticoPro - 5/30/18 (subscription required)

Illinois launches automatic IRA pilot program for private sector
Bloomberg Law - 5/15/18

Dialysis centers, insurers clash over contributions for kidney care coverage
S&P Global - 5/02/18

New benefits agency head focuses on businesses in early days
Bloomberg BNA - 4/24/18

Insurers asks CMS to prevent dialysis facilities from steering Medicare patients into private plans
Advisory Board - 4/19/18

Bill restricting third-party premium payment for patients with ESRD wins California Senate committee approval
Healio - 4/19/18

Debate over third-party payments for dialysis patients revived in Washington as Calif. eyes limits
Modern Healthcare - 4/17/18

Regulators can't seem to tamp down telemedicine, and that's a big sign of change
Forbes - 4/16/18

Millennials need a better education on retirement saving
National Retirement Planning Week Blog - 4/13/18

The finance industry has quietly launched an assault on state-sponsored retirement plans
Mother Jones - 4/02/18

The investment industry threatens state retirement plans to help workers save
The Center for Public Integrity - 4/02/18

Congress delays Cadillac tax on employer health plans
Strategic Finance - 4/01/18

Association settles lawsuit on Oregon retirement program
CEO Update - 3/30/18

Oregon settles lawsuit with state retirement plan challenger
401k Specialist - 3/30/18

State-sponsored retirement plan OregonSaves reaches settlement with national trade group
The Register-Guard - 3/30/18

ERIC strikes a deal with Oregon on OregonSaves reporting requirement
NAPA.net - 3/29/18

Oregon retirement plan settles ERIC’s lawsuit
BenefitsPro - 3/29/18

Oregon settles lawsuit related to state run retirement plan
WealthManagement.com - 3/29/18

ERIC settles lawsuit with Oregon Retirement Savings Board
Plan Adviser - 3/29/18

ERIC and Oregon Retirement Savings Board agree to settle lawsuit
PlanSponsor - 3/29/18

Employers, Ore. strike deal on retirement plan reporting
Law360 - 3/29/18

Employer group streamlines exemption for Oregon 401(k) program
Bloomberg Law - 3/29/18

ERIC settles with Oregon, drops lawsuit on reporting demands
Pensions & Investments - 3/28/18

Oregon’s retirement-savings plan settles legal challenge on employer certification
The Wall Street Journal - 3/28/18

$50 change in HSA limit may be more costly than first thought
NAPA.net - 3/28/18

IRS pressed by employers for relief after health savings change
Bloomberg Law - 3/23/18

States could help future retirees get more cash from Social Security
CBNC - 3/22/18

CT employers, payers oppose fixed rates for telehealth services
mHealthIntelligence - 3/20/18

Senate working on retirement savings package
Pensions & Investments - 3/19/18

DOL says it won’t enforce fiduciary rule pending review after appeals court strikes it down
Pensions & Investments - 3/16/18

DOL fiduciary rule: Industry reacts to Fifth Circuit ruling
InvestmentNews - 3/16/18

Advocates of HSA changes tout analysis showing minimal cost
Politico - 3/15/18

Health savings accounts bill includes PHIT – help pass it!
Club Insider Online - 3/06/18

Rep. Kelly introduces bipartisan bill to improve health savings accounts
Pharmacy Choice - 3/06/18

DOL cracks down on efforts to find missing retirement plan participants
ThinkAdvisor- 3/05/18

OregonSaves tops $1 million in assets
ASPPA - 3/05/18

DOL demands real action over missing participants
Pensions & Investments - 3/05/18

Bennet, bipartisan group launch health care price transparency initiative
Valley Courier - 3/05/18

Business groups seek HSA changes in omnibus
Politico - 3/02/18

Sen. Grassley joins bipartisan group of senators in launching health care price transparency initiative
Pharmacy Choice - 3/01/18

Employer advocacy group supports Chronic Disease Management Act
Employee Benefit Adviser - 2/13/18

Employer advocacy group supports Chronic Disease Management Act
Employee Benefit News - 2/11/18

Barry’s pickings: The DOL slow walk
PlanSponsor - 2/2/18

Oregonians start saving with auto-enroll retirement plan
Bloomberg BNA - 1/26/18

A win for health benefits in the shutdown-ending deal
Forbes - 1/25/18

HSAs can be fixed through bipartisan support — millions depend on it
The Hill - 1/24/18

Cadillac tax delayed again
PlanSponsor - 1/23/18

Congress sends Trump ACA tax blocker bill
ThinkAdvisor - 1/22/18

Oregon launches retirement savings plan
Wilsonville Spokesman - 1/22/18

2020 tax on high-cost healthcare getting closer
Treasury & Risk - 1/18/18

Finance sector thinking long term with 401(k) boosts
Bloomberg Law - 1/16/18

2018 to bring changes to Congress
Pensions & Investments - 1/08/18

Industry targets Obamacare taxes
National Journal - 1/04/18

The year in healthcare: A focus on cost management
Employee Benefit News - 12/27/17

Trump just signed the GOP tax bill: 7 ways it could affect you
Student Loan Hero Blog - 12/22/17

New paycheck rules for millions leave employers scrambling
Politico - 12/20/17

The year in healthcare: A focus on cost management
Employee Benefit Adviser - 12/20/17

For real results, the next HHS secretary must boldly shift to value-based health care
The Hill - 12/14/17

Former Michigan Governor to serve as Chair of DRIVE Health
Healthcare Informatics - 12/14/17

North Dakota lawmakers mull video-only telehealth for first visits
mHealthIntelligence - 12/08/17

Telehealth continues rapid growth but regulatory barriers persist
Society for Human Resource Management - 12/06/17

Family matters
SouthJersey.com - 12/06/17

Obamacare taxes debate involves telemedicine bill
Politico - 12/06/17

Texas Medical Board adopts new telehealth, telemedicine rules
mHealthIntelligence - 12/04/17

How the Senate bill affects employee benefit taxes
Employee Benefit Adviser - 12/04/17

Senate bill may make retirement plans less attractive for some employers
Employee Benefit Adviser - 12/02/17

Oregon launches automatic retirement savings for private workers whose employers lack a plan
The Seattle Times- 12/01/17

Groups make year-end push to delay ObamaCare taxes
The Hill - 11/26/17

OregonSaves serves as a test for state-sponsored auto-IRAs
Society for Human Resource Management - 11/22/17

Oregon's state-sponsored retirement plan faces backlash, lawsuit
HR Drive - 11/21/17

In Oregon, you can now save for retirement. Unless you object.
The New York Times - 11/17/17

401(k)s spared in first draft of Senate tax bill
BenefitsPro - 11/09/17

Senate introduces tax bill, keeps most retirement contributions intact
Pensions & Investments - 11/09/17

Wells Fargo gets industrynext hit support in target-date fund appeal
Bloomberg BNA - 10/31/17
 

Missing your 401(k) check? The government wants to help
Pensions & Benefits Daily - 10/31/17

OregonSaves: New path or dead end?
Lexology- 10/31/17

‘Golden years’ at risk with 401(k) tax breaks on chopping block
Bloomberg BNA - 10/31/17

Wells Fargo gets industry support in target-date fund appeal
Bloomberg BNA - 10/30/17

Missing your 401(k) check? The Government wants to help
Bloomberg BNA - 10/30/17

Employers to CMS: Want to do bundles right? Emulate us
HealthLeaders Media - 10/26/17

Oregon retirement program faces court challenge
Benesch Benefits Blog - 10/26/17

Groups in scramble to delay ObamaCare taxes
The Hill - 10/25/17

Oregon launches retirement savings plan
Portland Tribune - 10/23/17

Nonprofit seeks finding that Oregon reporting requirement is preempted by ERISA
Lexis Legal News - 10/17/17

ERIC sues Oregon over state-mandated retirement plans
BenefitsPRO - 10/17/17

Cadillac tax, state waivers could resurface with Senate ACA subsidies agreement
Employee Benefit Adviser - 10/17/17

Lobbyists sue first state-run retirement savings plan
Financial Advisor IQ - 10/16/17

A grin from ERISA
Politico - 10/16/17

New mortality tables mean more for PBGC
Pensions & Investments - 10/16/17

The ERISA Industry Committee sues Oregon Retirement Savings Board
Employee Benefit News - 10/15/17

ERIC challenges Oregon reporting requirements for retirement plans
The National Law Review - 10/13/17

WSJ Wealth Adviser Briefing: Oregon Retirement-Plan Suit, Bitcoin Boom
The Wall Street Journal - 10/13/17

Industry group sues over Oregon retirement plan
InvestmentNews - 10/13/17

ERIC challenges Oregon reporting requirements for retirement plans
Employee Benefits Blog - 10/13/17

Trump exec order: Potential benefits for employers but questions remain
Employee Benefit News - 10/13/17

Industry group sues over Oregon retirement plan
Barron's - 10/13/17

Employers sue to block OregonSaves requirements
The Oregonian - 10/13/17

Oregon’s new retirement savings plan faces legal challenge
The Register-Guard - 10/13/17

Trump exec order: Potential benefits for employers but questions remain
Employee Benefit Adviser - 10/13/17

Lobbying group challenges Oregon's retirement savings plan
The Associated Press - 10/13/17

Industry group challenges requirement in Oregon's state-run retirement program
Reuters - 10/12/17

Oregon’s private-sector retirement plan faces first legal test
Bloomberg BNA - 10/12/17

ERIC files lawsuit against Oregon Retirement Savings Board
PlanSponsor - 10/12/17

First state-run retirement plan faces legal challenge
WealthManagement.com - 10/12/17

ERISA Industry Committee sues to stop OregonSaves reporting demands
Pensions & Investments - 10/12/17

Oregon’s retirement-savings plan faces legal challenge
The Wall Street Journal - 10/12/17

U.S. health care reform can’t wait for quality measures to be perfect
Harvard Business Review - 10/04/17

IRS issues final regulations about mortality tables
PlanSponsor - 10/04/17

IRS releases new mortality tables for plan sponsors
Pensions & Investments - 10/04/17

IRS publishes final regulations about mortality tables
PlanAdviser - 10/04/17

$475,000 price tag for gene therapy: What's an employer to do?
Bloomberg BNA - 09/27/17

With Graham-Cassidy dead, employers look to more modest reforms
Employee Benefit News - 09/28/17

No 401(k) promises in GOP tax reform framework
Bloomberg BNA - 09/27/17

Employer groups call for repeal of ‘harmful’ ACA taxes
Employee Benefits News - 09/26/17

Republicans could target 401(k)s in tax reform gimmick
Washington Examiner - 09/26/17

Value-based health care gets a boost from the feds
Workforce Management - 09/23/17

What employers need to know about the healthcare fight in Congress
Employee Benefit Adviser - 09/22/17

How employers are preparing for the Cadillac tax
Employee Benefit News - 09/20/17

Employer groups targeting a number of healthcare reforms in Congress
Employee Benefit News - 09/17/17

Quality affordable health care is within our reach
Morning Consult - 09/08/17

OregonSaves strides into breach
The Register Guard - 09/03/17

Sick Leave Equality
InBusiness - 09/01/17

Viewpoint: Congress has no business touching employer coverage
Becker's Hospital Review - 08/30/17

Congress, keep hands off employer sponsored plans in healthcare fights
The Hill - 08/29/17

ERIC Teams With Business Groups to Ask Congress to Protect Employer-Sponsored Health Care
The Hill - 08/26/17

Large employer trade group weighs in on Nevada fiduciary law 
NAPA.net - 08/21/17

Family Matters
South Jersey BIZ - 08/21/17

Tax reform efforts put retirement plans at risk
Pensions & Investments - 08/21/17

Who's working for you?: ERIC
PlanSponsor - 08/18/17

Fiduciary rule delay comes with its own set of problems
ThinkAdvisor - 08/18/17

A legislative victory for employers
Human Resource Executive Online - 08/17/17

For workers without retirement plans, states step in
The Wall Street Journal - 08/16/17

Large employers wary of state waivers, fear reforms could fall on back of business
InsideHealthPolicy - 08/15/17

New House healthcare proposal a mixed bag for employers
Employee Benefit News - 08/10/17

Lightening the regulatory burden of retirement plan sponsors
Employee Benefits News - 08/10/17

Businesses may bear brunt of move to withhold health care subsidy payments
Society for Human Resource Management - 08/09/17

New survey highlights how employers are innovating in spite of rising health care
InsuranceNews.net - 08/09/17

Don't think retirement plans are safe from tax reform
BenefitsPRO - 08/02/17

States to pick up slack on retirement savings as feds back out
CNBC - 07/31/17

Legal or Not, States Forge Ahead With 401(k)-for-Everyone Plans
Governing - 07/31/17

Large Employers Aim to DRIVE the Expansion of Value-Based Care
HealthPayerIntelligence - 07/27/17

Employer Groups Suggest Range of Administrative Changes to Reduce ACA Burdens
Compensation.BLR.com - 07/25/17

Christie vetoes NJ paid family leave expansion
Employee Benefit News - 07/25/17

Some ACA provisions could be tweaked in other measures
BenefitsPro - 07/24/17

GOP Obamacare retreat will hit insurers on the tax front
MSN - 07/19/17

GOP Obamacare retreat will hit insurers on the tax front
CNBC - 07/18/17

Employers make plan tweaks while watching health overhaul
Bloomberg BNA - 07/17/17

Revised GOP healthcare bill still good for employers
Employee Benefit News - 07/16/17

Advocates and critics await Christie’s decision on Paid Family Leave reform bill
NJTV - 07/12/17

IRS funding bill ban on employer ACA reports seen as backstop
Bloomberg BNA - 07/12/17

How an ACA ‘repeal now, replace later’ strategy could benefit employers
Employee Benefit News - 07/10/17

The hidden subsidy that helps pay for health insurance
The New York Times - 07/07/17

More states adopt tough paid sick-leave laws
USA Today - 07/05/17

Oregon to launch retirement plan for private sector workers
Bloomberg BNA - 06/29/17

Employer group urges Christie to veto paid family leave expansion
Employee Benefit News - 06/29/17

Industry group asks DOL to allow digital benefits disclosures
HR Drive - 06/27/17

Medtronic inks outcome-based contract with Aetna for insulin pumps
Modern Healthcare - 06/26/17

New Jersey’s telemedicine regulations are ready to become law
mHealthIntelligence - 06/26/17

The virtual doctor will see you now
Arkansas Business - 06/26/17

Employer group urges DOL to digitize plan sponsor communications
Employee Benefit News - 06/25/17

Winners and losers of the Senate bill
Axios - 06/23/17

Senate health bill wins corporate favor
CFO.com - 06/23/17

Lobbyists who helped write Obamacare legislation locked out of Republican process
The Washington Times - 06/22/17

New Jersey's telemedicine legislation faces a new controversy
mHealthIntelligence - 06/20/17

Dissent rises in the Garden State
Politico - 06/20/17

Are Roth contributions the answer to retirement savings?
Pensions & Benefits Week - 06/19/17

James Gelfand talks about the future of the AHCA
SiriusXM POTUS - 06/15/17

Arizona bucks conservative image with progressive law on paid sick leave
The Arizona Republic - 06/15/17

New Jersey lawmakers on track to OK telemedicine legislation
mHealthIntelligence - 06/13/17

New Jersey bill gets some love
Politico - 06/13/17

ERIC & 50 employer groups urge Congress to repeal Caddy tax
InsideHealthPolicy - 06/12/17 (subscription required)

James Gelfand on employer-based health insurance
Washington Journal on C-SPAN - 06/12/17

GOP needs to kill this onerous Obamacare tax now
CNBC - 06/09/17

ERIC to DOL: Streamline health plan sponsors' disclosure requirements
InsideHealthPolicy - 06/09/17 (subscription required)

The private sector can lead in delivery system and payment reform
HealthAffairs Blog - 06/08/17

Plan sponsor groups call for Senate to repeal Cadillac tax, employer mandate
Compensation.BLR.com - 06/06/17

Retirement industry ready to protect 401(k) tax status
Employee Benefit Adviser - 06/05/17

What plan sponsors need to know now about the fiduciary rule
PlanSponsor - 06/02/17

Texas governor signs telehealth bill into law
InsideHealthPolicy - 05/30/17

New remedies for rising health care costs
CFO.com - 05/25/17

Trump administration pauses ACA cost-sharing subsidies lawsuit
Society for Human Resource Management - 05/24/17

Punching in: Budget week, GOP taking lead on paid leave?
BloombergBNA - 05/22/17

Retirement account taxation is on the table
PlanSponsor - 05/19/17

Doctors' fees in Milwaukee area 41% higher than national average, study says
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel- 05/15/17

States to persist with secure choice
Pensions & Investments- 05/15/17

What's really behind the opposition to state auto-IRAs?
Investment News - 05/10/17

G.O.P. bill could affect employer health coverage, too
The New York Times - 05/09/17

SB196 would require small businesses to provided paid sick days
Las Vegas Business Press - 05/08/17

Business groups urge administration to accelerate market-based healthcare reforms
Compensation.BLR - 05/08/17

Participant understanding of fees improves only slowly
PlanAdviser - 05/05/17

Revised version of health reform still lifts burdens for employers
PlanSponsor - 05/05/17

What health insurance covers could change dramatically if AHCA becomes law
USA Today - 05/04/17

The current status of employer-based insurance: An interview with James Gelfand
The Healthcare Policy Podcast - 05/04/17

GOP health bill jeopardizes out-of-pocket caps in employer plans
The Wall Street Journal - 05/04/17

Retirement plans not out of the woods yet on tax reform
PlanSponsor - 05/03/17

Still a chance for tax changes to retirement plans
Pl