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.


Cadillac tax repeal gets House vote this week
Modern Healthcare - 7/16/19

The $100,000 uncashed pension check
Forbes - 6/29/19

Paid family, medical leave plan becomes law in Connecticut 
Law360 - 6/25/19

Trump aims at health cost transparency with executive order 
Politico - 6/24/19

Retirement plan electronic delivery under consideration
401k TV - 6/24/19

Surprise billing fixes would ding hospitals, staffing companies, Moody's says
Healthcare Dive - 6/21/19

In combating surprise bills, lawmakers miss sky-high air ambulance costs
Medscape - 6/19/19

We’re doing a disservice to patients if we protect them from hospital bills but bankrupt them on the way there
Governing - 6/19/19

Texas enacts bill to protect consumers from surprise billing
Health Payer Intelligence - 6/18/19

In combating surprise bills, lawmakers miss sky-high air ambulance costs
CaliforniaHealthline - 6/14/19

Air ambulance costs fly around fixes for surprise medical bills
HealthLeaders - 6/14/19

Why air ambulance bills are still sky-high
NPR - 6/14/19

Stakeholders still split on solutions for surprise medical bills
PatientEngagementHIT - 6/13/19

House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing on surprise billing: 8 takeaways
Becker's Hospital Review - 6/13/19

'Surprise medical bill' witnesses clash over binding arbitration
ThinkAdvisor - 6/13/19

Providers push arbitration approaches used in some state surprise-bill laws
Healthcare Financial Management Association - 6/12/19

In battle over surprise bills, Senate ponders requiring in-network rates
Modern Healthcare - 6/12/19

Why a new coalition is spending millions to target 'surprise' medical bills 
Advisory Board - 6/12/19

House health panel holds hearing on surprise billing: 5 takeaways
Becker's Hospital Review - 6/12/19

Congress warns industry to hurry on surprise billing fix
Healthcare Dive - 6/12/19

E&C looks into surprise medical bills
Politico - 6/12/19

Payers, providers dig in on surprise billing proposals 
Healthcare Dive - 6/12/19

Stakeholders push for air ambulance fixes in surprise billing legislation
Inside Health Policy - 6/11/19

New coalition to end surprise billings intensifies feud as deadline looms
Inside Health Policy - 6/11/19

Meet the "Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing"
Politico - 6/11/19

Physician, hospital groups gear up for fight on surprise medical bills
Modern Healthcare - 6/11/19

Coalition forms to fight surprise medical billing
Insurance News Net - 6/11/19

Senate takes up SECURE Act, but bill still in limbo
Pensions & Investments - 6/10/19

Industry balks at Senate proposals to boost competition, price transparency
Healthcare Dive - 6/7/19

Employers, hospitals and insurers butt heads over transparency proposals
Modern Healthcare - 6/6/19

Trade groups back senate plan to fight surprise medical bills
Law360 - 6/6/19

DOL asked to make electronic delivery of retirement plan disclosures the default
PlanSponsor - 6/4/19

Supreme Court to hear IBM stock-drop fiduciary challenge
Pensions & Investments - 6/3/19

States struggle to rein in air ambulance surprise bills
Bloomberg Law - 5/31/19

ABA urges Labor Department to propose electronic delivery rule
Financial Regulation News - 5/28/19

Alexander, Murray introduce bipartisan bill to end surprise bills
BenefitsPRO - 5/24/19

State of Flux
Leader's Edge - 5/24/19

A big bipartisan plan to lower health costs and end surprise bills
Considerable - 5/24/19

Sens. Alexander, Murray release health legislation targeting high bills, drug costs
NPR - 5/23/19

House hearing outlines competing solutions to surprise medical bills
HealthPayer Intelligence - 5/23/19

House overwhelmingly passes bipartisan retirement bill
Pensions & Investments - 5/23/19

Congress fast-tracks action on surprise medical billing
Mondaq - 5/23/19

Washington, Texas use arbitration to take steps against surprise billing
HealthLeaders - 5/22/19

3 messages from the House 'surprise bill' hearing, for agents
ThinkAdvisor - 5/22/19

Payers, providers butt heads on surprise billing solutions
HealthLeaders - 5/22/19

Industry groups square off on surprise billing
Healthcare Dive - 5/22/19

Witnesses at 'surprise billing' hearing at odds on solutions
MedPage Today - 5/22/19

Lawmakers skewer industry reps over surprise medical bills
Law360 - 5/21/19

Capitol Hill healthcare update 
Lexology - 5/20/19

FDA warns against using sketchy diabetes devices
Politico - 5/20/19

Industry will take hot seat at Ways & Means surprise billing hearing
Inside Health Policy - 5/20/19

Key industry lobbies to testify on surprise medical bills
Politico - 5/17/19

Ways and Means looks closer at surprise medical bills
Politico - 5/17/19

‘Baseball style’ arbitration floated for surprise medical bills
Bloomberg Law - 5/16/19

On Senate floor, Portman highlights his bipartisan Retirement Security & Savings Act
InsuranceNewsNet - 5/16/19

Employers can help with ‘surprise’ out-of-network medical bills 
Society for Human Resource Management - 5/13/19

Employer groups: Make staffing firms accountable for surprise billing
Inside Health Policy - 5/08/19

Ex-Intel worker urges high court not to take on ERISA suit
Law360- 4/30/19

High court asked to revisit company stock fiduciary case
Pensions & Investments - 4/29/19

More turning to Supreme Court for ERISA relief
Pensions & Investments - 4/29/19

DOL guidance down to trickle; enforcement up
Pensions & Investments - 4/29/19

Employer groups push for national all-payer claims database
Inside Health Policy - 4/15/19

Biz groups join push for justices' input in IBM ESOP case
Law360- 4/9/19

Measure to improve prescription drug price transparency passes House Ways and Means Committee
MASS Live - 4/9/19

SECURE Act clears House committee; RESA introduced in Senate
Pensions & Investments - 4/2/19

Happening today: Surprise medical bill hearing
Politico - 4/2/19

High court's input sought in Intel's ERISA dispute
Law360- 3/29/19

Business groups To Congress: Cap rates for out-of-network services
Inside Health Policy - 3/29/19

Health plans ask Congress for unified action on surprise billing
Health Payer Intelligence - 3/21/19

Battle lines harden as providers, payers grow accusatory over surprise bills 
Morning Consult - 3/20/19

It just became easier for employers to dump retirees' pensions 
CNN - 3/20/19

Arkansas needs to advance telemedicine to improve access, lower costs
Talk Business & Politicos - 3/16/19

ERIC Outlines Top Health Priorities for Congress in New Letter - 3/13/19

Amended telemedicine bill clears House committee
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - 3/13/19

PBGC gets Administration support
PlanSponsor - 3/08/19

Gears shifting over missing participants
Pensions & Investments - 3/04/19

Despite a lot of talking, no action being taken
Pensions & Investments - 3/04/19

Employer and consumers join insurers in push to curb surprise billing
Inside Health Policy - 2/19/19

‘Large employers can lead’ in benefits space
BenefitsPro - 2/19/19

ERISA Industry Committee appoints leaders
PlanSponsor - 2/08/19

ND lawmakers amend bill to support store-and-forward telemedicine
mHealthIntelligence - 1/28/19

ERISA group wants more flexibility in hardship distribution regs
TaxNotes - 1/14/19

North Dakota lawmakers ready to rehash telemedicine standards debate
mHealthIntelligence - 1/04/19

Seattle hotel benefits suit stayed after state court nixes law
Law360 - 1/02/19

Seattle court strikes down hotel-worker protections initiative
Hotel Management - 12/26/18

Seattle’s hotel worker protections struck down in court - 12/24/18

New bill links 401(k) matches to student loan payments
InvestmentNews - 12/19/18

Dems aim to punt vote on ObamaCare taxes
The Hill - 12/13/18

Industry groups call on protections from surprise medical bills
Patient Engagement HIT - 12/11/18

AHIP, healthcare organizations, advocate for federal standard to prevent surprise medical bills
Healthcare Finance - 12/11/18

Health insurance providers and businesses unite in objections to surprise billing
Health Exec - 12/11/18

AHIP, payer groups agree to focus on nixing surprise billing
Health Payer Intelligence - 12/11/18

Insurers, businesses and consumer advocates unite against surprise medical bills
Becker's Hospital CFO Report - 12/10/18

Coalition agrees on need to protect patients from surprise medical bills
American Journal of Managed Care - 12/10/18

Health coalition releases ‘guiding principles’ on surprise medical billing
Washington Examiner - 12/10/18

Broad coalition unites against surprise medical bills
HealthLeaders - 12/10/18

Experts optimistic over auto-portability proposal
Pensions & Investments - 12/10/18

Insurer-backed coalition forms to push efforts to stem 'surprise bills'
FierceHealthcare - 12/10/18

Health insurer, employer groups call on Congress to end surprise billing
Modern Healthcare - 12/10/18

The bruising battle looming over single-payer
Politico - 12/10/18

ERISA industry group wants Seattle hotel benefits law nixed
Law360 - 12/07/18

Congress pits insurance firms against mutual fund interests over 401(k) law
Financial Advisor IQ - 12/03/18

Long-discussed retirement provisions make it into tax bill
Law360 - 11/27/18

US Chamber, ERISA group want PwC retirees' suit axed
Law360 - 11/15/18

Oregon expands state-run retirement plan to individuals - 11/13/18

Seattle says industry group's ERISA suit is off the mark
Law360 - 11/13/18

Trump’s DOL keeping enforcement pressure steady
Pensions & Investments - 11/12/18

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? - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 3/29/18

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

Oregon settles lawsuit related to state run retirement plan - 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 - 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 - 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 industry 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

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