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.


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

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

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 - 04/10117

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 - 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 - 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? - 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 - 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?

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)