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

Lawmakers try to stop state-sponsored retirement plans
Lawyers.com - 02/22/17

Secure Choice prospects tested by House vote
Pensions & Investments - 02/19/17

House votes to halt rules on government-run IRAs for small businesses
Society for Human Resource Management - 02/16717

Employers worry GOP Obamacare overhaul could harm coverage
WSYR - 02/16/17

What changing Obamacare may mean for employers
Treasury & Risk - 02/14/17

Companies worry over future medical coverage
Times Herald-Record - 02/12/17

Congress poised to halt state-mandated small business retirement plans
Forbes - 02/10/17

State-sponsored retirement accounts would be blocked by resolutions
Bloomberg BNA - 02/09/17 (subscription required)

House resolutions introduced to undo state, city secure choice rules
Pensions & Investments - 02/08/17

Lawmakers try to stop state-sponsored retirement plans
The Wall Street Journal - 02/08/17

Fiduciary rule review gets mixed reaction in plan sponsor world
Bloomberg BNA - 02/06/17 (subscription required)

Employers fear GOP overhaul could damage job-based insurance
NPR - 02/03/17

Employers fret job-based coverage vulnerable to fallout from GOP health overhaul
California Heathline - 02/03/17

Employers fret job-based coverage vulnerable to fallout from GOP health overhaul
Kaiser Health News - 02/03/17

Bill introduced to take PBGC premiums off the federal budget
Pensions & Investments - 02/02/17

What Obamacare repeal could mean for employee benefits
Employee Benefit Adviser - 01/20/17

SHRM urges Congress to strengthen employer-based healthcare
Employee Benefit News - 01/20/17

SHRM asks Congress to strengthen employer-sponsored health care under ACA repeal
HR Dive- 01/19/17

Promoting a tax-conscious approach to retirement saving
PlanSponsor - 01/18/17

DOL releases 2nd guidance on fiduciary rule
Pensions & Investments - 01/18/17

Where telemedicine has been, where it's headed
AMA Wire - 01/18/17

Employer advocacy group urges Cadillac tax repeal
Employee Benefit Adviser - 01/10/17

Bipartisan opponents of ACA's Cadillac tax show support for repeal
HR Dive - 01/10/17

5500 tweaks cast light on small-business exemption
Employee Benefit News - 01/10/17

Outlook cloudy for EBSA in new administration
Bloomberg BNA - 01/09/17 (subscription required)

Big players pan modifications to DOL's Form 5500
Pensions & Investments - 01/09/17

Employer advocacy group urges Cadillac tax repeal
Employee Benefit News - 01/08/17

Title VII sexual orientation, DOL appeals temporary injunction, ban the box: Employment Law This Week December 12, 2016
The National Law Review - 12/13/16

FLSA overtime rules enjoined, NY overtime laws, national origin discrimination: Employment Law This Week
The National Law Review - 12/13/16

Michigan to require patient consent for telehealth services
HealthCare Dive- 12/7/16

Proposed health data reporting expansion draws mixed reviews
Bloomberg BNA - 12/7/16 (subscription required)

Groups say Form 5500 proposed updates too burdensome
PlanAdviser- 12/7/16

Congress reignites debate over lifetime income disclosures in 401(k) plans
InvestmentNews- 12/7/16

Groups ask agencies to pull back on Form 5500 modernization
PlanSponsor- 12/7/16

Michigan's new telehealth law requires patient consent
mHealthIntelligence - 12/7/16

GOP to face headwinds if cap on employer tax exclusion moves forward
InsideHealthPolicy- 11/28/16 (subscription required)

Employers urge repeal of ACA reporting rules, one expert expects 2-year transition
InsideHealthPolicy- 11/23/16 (subscription required)

PBGC missing participants proposal gets broad support
Bloomberg BNA - 11/23/16 (subscription required)

ERIC suggests PBGC expand missing participant program
PlanAdviser- 11/22/16

ERIC makes suggestions for PBGC missing participants program
PlanSponsor- 11/22/16

Wellness program can be useful, but there are tradeoffs
CNBC - 11/20/16

Under Trump, retirement benefits to be tweaked, not transformed
Society for Human Resource Management - 11/15/16

Dodd-Frank, fiduciary rule likely to be first targets in expected GOP overhaul
Pension & Investments - 11/14/16

Echoing some GOP experts, Trump suggests willingness to modify ACA
InsideHealthPolicy- 11/11/16 (subscription required)

Trump victory seen as ushering in regulatory reform, pushing retirement policy to backburner
Pension & Investments - 11/9/16

Employers seek flexibility as leave policies gain momentum
Bloomberg BNA - 11/9/16 (subscription required)

It's Halloween: Benefit plan leaders have frightening tales to tell
Bloomberg BNA - 10/31/16 (subscription required)

Health Plans Could Face More DOL Audits on Parity Compliance
Bloomberg BNA - 10/27/16 (subscription required)

AARP sues EEOC over wellness program regulations
Employee Benefit News - 10/26/16

AARP takes on EEOC in new twist on employer wellness lawsuits
MedCity News - 10/26/16

Wellness battle: AARP vs. EEOC
HRE Daily - 10/25/16

AARP sues to block wellness program rules
FierceHealthcare - 10/25/16

Do wellness plans discriminate against older employees?
BenefitsPro - 10/25/16

AARP sues U.S. over rules for wellness programs
The New York Times - 10/24/16

The retirement revolution
Human Resource Executive - 10/18/16

Little change expected in split Congress
Pension & Investments - 10/17/16

Playing moderator: The benefits questions to ask Trump and Clinton
Bloomberg BNA - 9/26/16 (subscription required)

PBGC lowers penalties for late premium payments
Bloomberg BNA - 9/22/16 (subscription required)

Legislation supporting multiple employer plans could be reality by year-end
InvestmentNews - 9/22/16

Employer groups don't see eye to eye on EEOC wellness plan ruling
Bloomberg BNA - 9/22/16 (subscription required)

Coal miners' pension resuce sees light at end of tunnel
Bloomberg BNA - 9/21/16 (subscription required)

Senate committee approves funding for mine workers, eyes vote on retirement plan changes
Pension & Investments - 9/21/16

Closed DB plan sposnors get another year of testing relief from IRS
Pension & Investments - 9/20/16

PBGC seeks to widen efforts to find missing plan participants
Bloomberg BNA - 9/20/16 (subscription required)

ACA marketplace notices, payroll card regulations, medical marijuana, Uber's arbitration agreement
Employment Law This Week - 9/19/16

Delaware board tries to limit telehealth for nutritionists
mHealthIntelligence - 9/15/16

Student loan debt doesn't have to stop retirement savings
Bloomberg BNA - 9/14/16 (subscription required)

Coal state lawmakers plead for Senate floor vote on miners' act
Bloomberg BNA - 9/7/16 (subscription required)

Employer groups critical of state-run IRAs
Society for Human Resource Management - 8/31/16

Study finds telehealth interest growing in Texas
Inside Health Policy - 8/30/16 (subscription required)

New survey shows growing support for telemedicine in Texas
Center for Connected Health Policy - 8/29/16

New survey shows growing support for telemedicine in Texas
mHealthIntelligence - 8/29/16

More companies offer telehealth: Now more workers need to use it
Bloomberg BNA - 8/23/16 (subscription required)

EpiPen's steady price increases masked until deductibles rose
USA Today - 8/23/16

Arkansas lawmakers set to review telehealth regs as debate over one provision intensifies
StateScoop - 8/15/16

Nearly all major companies to offer telehealth benefits by 2020
Bloomberg BNA - 8/9/16 (subscription required)

Expat health plan rules said to harm students, researchers
Bloomberg BNA - 8/1/16 (subscription required)

Political parties differ widely on health care
Business Insurance - 7/31/16 (subscription required)

Medicare shares private-sector problem:  soaring prescription drug costs
Business Insurance - 7/26/16 (subscription required)

Stop budget gimmicks! Take PBGC premiums off-budget
The Hill - 7/26/16

Retirement security at top of wish lists for next president
Pension & Investments - 7/25/16

Bill would enhance attractions of FSAs, HSAs 
Business Insurance - 7/17/16 (subscription required)

Bill would halt use of PBGC premiums as budget tool
Bloomberg BNA - 7/15/16 (subscription required)

Obama polishes health care law for victory lap
Business Insurance - 7/12/16 (subscription required)

Health claims tax upheld again; will other states enact one?
Business Insurance - 7/5/16 (subscription required)

Determination letter changes disappoint plan sponsors
Bloomberg BNA - 6/30/16 (subscription required)

Employers not sold on GOP health reform package
Business Insurance - 6/28/16 (subscription required)

House Republicans' tax reform plan seeks new savings methods
Pension & Investments - 6/24/16

GOP's unveiled alternative health insurance plan draws criticism
Insurance Business America - 6/23/16

House Republicans unveil health-insurance proposal
The Wall Street Journal - 6/22/16

GOP health insurance plan would make workers pay tax on benefits
USA Today - 6/22/16

House Republicans unveil long-awaited replacement for health law
The New York Times - 6/22/16

Employer benefit groups back bill allowing larger HSA contributions
Business Insurance - 6/21/16 (subscription required)

How the 'gig' economy affects employer-sponsored benefit plans
PlanSponsor - 6/20/16

House committee approves boost in HSA contributions
Business Insurance - 6/16/16 (subscription required)

ACA repeal would cause uninsured rate to spike
Business Insurance - 6/14/16 (subscription required)

Clock ticking on Cadillac tax repeal
Business Insurance - 6/7/16 (subscription required)

States hold key to giving health coverage to more Americans
Business Insurance - 5/31/16 (subscription required)

Execs hope for less burdensome nondiscrimation rules
Pensions & Investments - 5/30/16 (subscription required)

Employers ponder benefit changes under new DOL overtime rule
Bloomberg BNA - 5/25/16

Final nondiscrimination reg clarifies HHS stance on ERISA plans
InsideHealthPolicy - 5/24/16 (subscription required)

Clinton proposal would expand Medicare
Business Insurance - 5/22/16 (subscription required)

Employer groups set to testify on nondiscrimination rules
Bloomberg BNA - 5/18/16 (subscription required)

Benefit experts welcome clarity of EEOC wellness rules
Business Insurance - 5/17/16 (subscription required)

EEOC says wellness program participation can reap big rewards
USA Today - 5/16/16

PBGC to double penalties for failing to give notices
Bloomberg BNA - 5/12/16 (subscription required)

Rules on closed pension plans need changes to be useful
Bloomberg BNA - 5/4/16 (subscription required)

Employers say HHS overstepped with ACA nondiscrimination rule
InsideHealthPolicy - 5/3/16 (subscription required)

PBGC plan would halve fines for late premium payments
Business Insurance - 4/27/16 (subscription required)

PBGC legislation could cut toll on employers
Business Insurance - 4/24/16 (subscription required)

Bill would halt use of PBGC premiums as budget tool
Bloomberg BNA - 4/15/16

ERIC advances telehealth initiative
Benefits Link - 4/15/16

New bill would address PBGC premiums
PlanSponsor - 4/15/16

New bill takes PBGC premiums 'off-budget'
PlanAdvisor - 4/15/16

Legislation would discourage future PBGC premium hikes
Business Insurance - 4/15/16 (subscription required)

Employer lobbying group maintains drumbeat for Cadillac tax repeal
Business Insurance - 4/15/16 (subscription required)

Summary of benefit rules leaves one major area unaddressed: Cadillac tax
Business Insurance - 4/13/16 (subscription required)

Cadillac tax reform bill draws unexpected critics
Business Insurance - 4/10/16 (subscription required)

Advisors react to DOL final fiduciary rule
Employee Benefit Advisor - 4/7/16

Legislation would shield FSA, HSA contributions from ACA excise tax
Business Insurance - 3/28/16 (subscription required)

ACA a major talking point on campaign trail
Business Insurance - 3/27/16 (subscription required)

Changing attitudes over transgender transition coverage under Obamacare
Examiner.com - 3/23/16

PBGC finalizes annual reporting rules
Business Insurance - 3/23/16 (subscription required)

Lobbying World
The Hill - 3/23/16 

Employers fight rule that could broaden trandgender rights
PhillyVoice - 3/22/16 

Employers balk at broader transgender coverage
Pittsburgh Tribine-Review - 3/22/16 

Employers fight rule that could broaden transgender rights
The Associated Press - 3/22/16 

Making moves
Politico - 3/17/16 

Health policy executive for ERISA Industry Committee to retire
Business Insurance - 3/16/16 (subscription required)

High court ruling may cut health care tax
Business Insurance - 3/13/16 (subscription required)

HHS nondiscrimination rule worth second look by employers
Bloomberg BNA - 3/3/16

Public deeply divided over health care reform repeal
Business Insurance - 3/2/16 (subscription required)

Don't price the private sector out of pensions
The Hill - 2/29/16 

State lawmakers push to expand telehealth services
Bloomberg BNA - 2/22/16 (subscription required)

ERISA Industry Committee names senior vice president of retirement policy
Business Insurance - 2/22/16 (subscription required)

Pump the brakes
Politico - 2/11/16 

Obama proposes Cadillac tax, PBGC premium changes
Business Insurance - 2/10/16 (subscription required)

EEOC's GINA wellness proposal draws criticism
Bloomberg BNA - 2/9/16

With no determination letters, what will plan sponsors do?
PLANSPONSOR - 2/08/16

Employer group continues to press for full repeal of Cadillac tax

Business Insurance - 2/5/16 (subscription required)
 

EEOC's GINA wellness proposal draws criticism
Bloomberg BNA - 2/5/16

House vote falls short of overriding Obama's health reform veto
Business Insurance - 2/3/16 (subscription required)

Employee wellness programs use carrots and, increasingly, sticks 
The New York Times - 1/24/16 

Large employer trade group pushes for better state telehealth legislation
mHealthIntelligence - 1/20/16 

Delay in Cadillac tax boosts hopes for repeal
Treasury & Risk - 1/20/16 

ACA opponents plan to wait out Obama's term
Business Insurance - 1/17/16 (subscription required)

Promised veto looks to stop ACA repeal bill, but employers hopeful
Business Insurance - 1/6/16 (subscription required)

IRS determination letter guidance on deck
Pensions & Investments - 1/5/16 (subscription required)

Cadillac tax delay buys time for IRS to retrench on divisive issue
Business Insurance - 1/3/16 (subscription required)

Business groups keep pressure on Cadillac tax
Business Insurance - 1/3/16 (subscription required)

IRS extends health insurance reporting deadlines
Business Insurance - 12/28/15 (subscription required)
 

After years of waiting, fiduciary rule could finally become reality
Pensions & Investments - 12/28/15 (subscription required)

Telehealth Outlook for 2016
The National Law Review - 12/22/15

Health care reform still setting agenda for employee benefits
Business Insurance - 12/20/15 (subscription required)

Vote puts 'Cadillac tax' on the bubble
Business Insurance - 12/6/15 (subscription required)

Hybrid plan rules leave those using whipsaw in tight spot
Bloomberg BNA - 11/25/15

When the doctor is far away, here's how the distance can shrink 
The Washington Post - 11/23/15 

Premium hikes raise questions of motives, PBGC's future
Business Insurance - 11/22/15 (subscription required)

Recently issued ACA final rules fold in informal guidance
Bloomberg BNA - 11/19/15

Groups say PBGC single-employer program doing fine
Bloomberg BNA - 11/19/15

Despite PBGC deficit, sharp premium hikes stir opposition
Business Insurance - 11/18/15 (subscription required)

Industry questions wisdom of latest PBGC rate hikes
PLANSPONSOR - 11/17/15

How far will Obama go on rolling back Cadillac tax?
Business Insurance - 11/11/15 (subscription required)

North Dakota Medical Board releases new telehealth guidelines
mHealth Intelligence - 11/11/15

Health care reform law's auto-enrollment rule repealed
Business Insurance - 11/08/15 (subscription required)

EEOC proposes changes to wellness rules
Business Insurance - 11/08/15 (subscription required)

ERISA Industry Committee asks IRS, Treasury for lump-sum clarifications
Pensions & Investments - 11/05/15

Pension 'fix' by Congress could backfire
CNBC - 11/03/15

Senate health IT might be released this week
POLITICO - 11/02/15

Barriers to physician telehealth services need to come down
mHealth Intelligence - 10/30/15

Congress approves sharp hike in Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. premiums
Business Insurance - 10/30/15 (subscription required)

You're about to get too expensive for your pension plan
Bloomberg BNA - 10/29/15

EEOC proposal addresses GINA limits on wellness plans
Bloomberg BNA - 10/29/15

Congress' budget deal: the business world's winners and losers
Fortune - 10/29/15

Conservative objections complicate Cadillac tax repeal
Business Insurance - 10/28/15 (subscription required)

Mortality bonus and PBGC premiums strain DBs
PLANSPONSOR - 10/28/15

Proposed budget will increase PBGC premiums 22% over 3 years
Pensions & Investments - 10/27/15

The budget deal's surprise blow to pensions
Forbes - 10/27/15

Budget bill includes PBGC premium hike
Business Insurance - 10/27/15 (subscription required)

Is "telemedicine" virtually identical to the examination room?
Stateline - 10/27/15

Site restriction, tech preferences limit telehealth adoption
mHealth Intelligence - 10/16/15

Bush to mention IT in his health plan
POLITICO - 10/13/15

Political foes unite in fight to repeal "Cadillac tax"
Business Insurance - 10/11/15 (subscription required)

Reeder confirmed as PBGC director
Pensions & Investments - 10/09/15

Round 2 of Cadillac Tax comments yields more criticism
Bloomberg BNA - 10/06/15

Legislative barriers the telemedicine field needs to overcome
mHealth Intelligence - 10/05/15

Determination letter changes get bad marks from employers
Bloomberg BNA - 10/02/15

IRS urged to keep determination letters
Pensions & Investments - 10/02/15

ERIC asks IRS not to eliminate determination letters
PLANSPONSOR - 10/01/15

Repeal of health reform's Cadillac tax gains bipartisan support
Business Insurance - 09/30/15 (subscription required)

Resigning Speaker Boehner left mark on PBGC, opposed health care law
Business Insurance - 09/25/15 (subscription required)

Advocates pleased, employers disappointed by HHS confirmation on MOOP
InsideHealthPolicy - 09/22/15 (subscription required)

State's restrictions on remote doctors subject of debate
Talk Business & Politics - 09/22/15

Insurance, healthy behavior are key to reducing cost of chronic disease
USA Today - 09/22/15

Feds firm on out-of-pocket limits
HealthcareDIVE - 09/15/15

Bipartisan Senate bill aims for Cadillac tax repeal
Business Insurance - 09/17/15 (subscription required)

CMS moves forward with rule on out-of-pocket limits
Modern Healthcare - 09/15/15

Obama administration sticks with controversial change to out-of-pocket caps
POLITICO Pro - 09/15/15 (subscription required)

Big employers lobby Idaho for better telehealth rules
POLITICO Pro - 09/15/15 (subscription required)

Feds stick with stricter out-of-pocket health care spending limits
Business Insurance - 09/15/15 (subscription required)

Employers renew struggle to change health reform
Business Insurance - 09/13/15 (subscription required)

Q&A: Annette Guarisco Fildes, ERISA Industry Committee
CRAIN's Benefits Outlook - 09/11/15

PBGC reportable events rule focuses on plans most at risk
Bloomberg BNA - 09/11/15

Final minimum funding rules feature few changes
Bloomberg BNA - 09/09/15

ERIC joins telehealth game
POLITICO Pro - 09/09/15 (subscription required)

Business group lobbies against health care out-of-pocket rule change
Business Insurance - 09/04/15 (subscription required)

Colorado Medical Board approves new telehealth guidelines
Denver Business Journal - 08/25/15

Employer groups wary of new out-of-pocket health maximums
Business Insurance - 08/12/15 (subscription required)

Alliance takes on "Cadillac" tax
Business Insurance - 08/02/15 (subscription required)

Use of excess DB plan assets for health care extended to 2025
Pensions & Investments - 07/31/15

Commenters express concerns about fiduciary rule
PLANSPONSOR - 07/22/15

Fiduciary proposal comment period ends with flurry of opposing viewpoints
Pensions & Investments - 07/21/15

Provision of highway bill extends surplus pension use
BenefitsPro - 07/20/15

New cost-sharing limits catch employers by surprise
POLITICO Pro - 07/16/15 (subscription required)

Gay marriage ruling leaves many US companies unclear on spousal benefits
Reuters - 07/16/15

Bill extends provision for using surplus pension funding
PLANSPONSOR - 07/16/15

Retiree health funding bill introduced
Business Insurance - 07/15/15 (subscription required)

DOL addresses fiduciary duty to monitor annuity providers
Bloomberg BNA - 07/14/15

Senate tax group keys in on possible retirement savings measures
Pensions & Investments - 07/08/15

Same-sex marriage ruling raises questions for health plans
Healthcare Dive - 07/08/15

Justices uphold ACA subsidies
Tire Business - 07/06/15

Subsidy ruling cuts chances of ACA reforms
Business Insurance - 07/05/15 (subscription required)

Texas: Gay couples may be refused
iFreePress - 07/05/15

Gay marriage ruling may lead to health insurance risk
CBS Moneywatch - 06/29/15

High Court's decision on same-sex marriage expected to boost health coverage among gay couples
Kaiser Health News - 06/29/15

EEOC's proposed ADA wellness plan rule elicits critical comments from all sides
Bloomberg BNA - 06/29/15

DC Week: Court saves Obamacare's bacon; IPAB, AHRQ on the chopping block
MedPage Today - 06/27/15 (subscription required)

Gay-marriage ruling puts some health benefits at risk
Bloomberg Business - 06/26/15

Domestic partner benefits could change in wake of same-sex ruling
Business Insurance - 06/26/15 (subscription required)

Sponsors welcome clarity in SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling
BenefitsPro - 06/26/15

Gay business owners applaud marriage ruling; full effect on benefits unclear
USA Today - 06/26/15

High Court marriage decision will affect health benefits
PLANSPONSOR - 06/26/15

Personnel Matters: Healthcare ruling brings employer certainty
Tire Business - 06/26/15

Health care mandate is still divisive issue
WYTV News - 06/25/15

Supreme Court upholds ACA healthcare subsidies 6-3
Tire Business - 06/25/15

Ruling upholding federal exchange subsidies brings employer certainty
Business Insurance - 06/25/15 (subscription required)

Obamacare subsidies stay, to relief of consumers, insurers, other businesses
USA Today - 06/25/15

ERIC says ACA "clarification" broadsided employers
PLANSPONSOR - 06/19/15

Employer group wants new health out-of-pocket expense rule scrapped
Business Insurance - 06/19/15 (subscription required)

Treasury, Labor slammed for cost-sharing sleight of hand
BenefitsPro - 06/19/15

Big business backs virtual doctor visits as Texas loses fight for limits
USA Today - 06/05/15

Pension fund coalition campaigns for SIFI exclusion
Pensions & Investments - 06/02/15