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

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

James Gelfand talsk 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
PlanAdviser - 05/03/17

Oregon prepares to fight Congress over state-run retirement plans for neglected workers
CNBC - 05/03/17

Senate kills state-sponsored retirement plans for rrivate sector workers
Forbes - 05/03/17

Business groups push for market-based health reform
FierceHealthcare - 05/03/17

What is Washington doing to my 401(k) tax break?
Bloomberg - 05/03/17

When all is said and done, will tax reform spare employee benefits?
Society for Human Resource Management - 05/02/17

Business groups call for accelerating value-based initiatives
The American Journal of Managed Care - 05/02/17

DRIVE Health Initiative urges Trump administration to accelerate market-based reforms: 4 key notes
Becker's ASC Review - 05/02/17

Updated mortality tables are raising concerns
Pensions & Investments - 05/01/17

Congress may take away your 401(k) tax deduction
MSN - 04/28/17

Congress May Take Away Your 401(k) Tax Deduction
Investopedia - 04/27/17

Retirement savings deductions unchanged in Trump's tax plan
Pensions & Investments - 04/26/17

Retirement savings still a potential target in tax reform negotiations
Investment News - 04/26/17

Delayed retirement comes at high cost—to plan sponsors
Bloomberg BNA - 04/27/17 (subscription required)

Health Care Act likely to come before tax reform, ERISA president says
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 04/19/17

Oregon pushes ahead with private-sector retirement plan rules
Bloomberg BNA - 04/19/17 (subscription required)

Retirement savings are in crisis, but state-run plans not the answer
The Hill - 04/18/17

Letter to the editor - Proposed health fee tax
Boston Herald - 04/17/17

Myths vs. facts on employer-sponsored healthcare coverage
Washington Examiner - 04/14/17

Pension group: IRS must analyze life expectancy rule costs
Bloomberg BNA - 04/14/17 (subscription required)

GOP contemplating shift to all-Roth 401(k) system
BenefitsPro - 04/13/17

Stakeholders call for delay, new review on IRS mortality table update
Pensions & Investments - 04/12/17

Why the Senate should overturn state retirement rules
Investment News - 04/10/17

Employers redesigning health plans ahead of Cadillac tax
The Hill Extra - 04/10/17

Proposed law aims to aid workers with retirement readiness
Bloomberg BNA - 04/10/17 (subscription required)

Pension previous hitIndustrynext hit Groups Seek Changes to Life Expectancy Rule
Bloomberg BNA - 04/04/17 (subscription required)

West Virginians shouldn’t have to climb a mountain to see a doctor
Charleston Gazette-Mail - 03/31/17

What do the DOL proposed budget cuts mean for employers? 
Employee Benefit News - 03/30/17

Senate votes to kill city auto-IRA rules
Investment News - 03/30/17

Taxation of retirement accounts is on the table
PlanSponsor - 03/28/17

Republicans in Congress eye retirement account tax reforms
PlanAdviser - 03/28/17

Financial industry requesting longer delay of fiduciary rule
Credit Union Times- 03/27/17

Industry requesting longer delay of fiduciary rule
BenefitsPro - 03/24/17

4 ways the GOP healthcare bill could impact mid-market organizations
Chief Executive - 03/21/17

Individual Market and Uninsured Will Affect Employer Coverage
Health Plan Week - 03/20/17

Employer-backed insurance could take a huge hit from GOP healthcare plan
NBC News - 03/17/17

NORD comes out against bill providing employer insight into employee genetic information
American Journal of Managed Care - 03/17/17

Obamacare paved the way for that Gattaca-style employer's law
Wired - 03/16/17

ACA reform update: What the latest bill means to employer advocates
HR Dive - 03/16/17

mHealth-based workplace wellness programs face Congressional scrutiny
mHealthIntelligence - 03/13/17

Hospitals fear Obamacare repeal may create financial strain
USA Today - 03/12/17

Obamacare replacement doesn't end employers' obligations
Cleveland.com - 03/09/17

Digital health could come in future Obamacare repeal bills
Politico - 03/08/17

Will the GOP's ACA replacement end the employer mandate and required reporting
Society for Human Resource Management - 03/08/17

Analysis: ACA replacement contains huge tax cuts for insurance firms, but comes at a cost
Chicago Tribune - 03/08/17

The GOP health plan: What employers need to know
Employee Benefit Adviser - 03/07/17

Republicans' Obamacare replacement contains huge tax cuts for insurance companies, but comes at a cost
The Washington Post  - 03/07/17

The GOP health plan: What employers need to know
Employee Benefit News - 03/07/17

Analysis: ACA replacement contains huge tax cuts for insurance firms, but comes at a cost
Albuquerque Journal - 03/07/17

Bill to rescind DOL rule extending pension coverage sparks fierce debate
Chief Investment Officer  - 03/06/17

House ACA bill sets stage CBO score, tax credit battles
Bloomberg BNA - 03/06/17 (subscription required)

Next target: tax breaks for employer plans
Modern Healthcare  - 03/04/17

Employers gear up for next fight after 'Cadillac' tax
Chicago Business  - 03/02/17

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

Could Obamacare shakeup hurt job-based coverage?
Cincinnati.com - 02/12/17

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

Employers worry what Obamacare overhaul would mean for job-based insurance coverage 
The Denver Channel - 02/08/17

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

Employers fret job-based coverage vulnerable in GOP health overhaul
The Connecticut Mirror - 02/03/17

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)

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