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protected content Alert: Oregon Fair Share Proposal “Dead”

Oregon House Bill 4105, which would have created a penalty for employers with employees on the state’s medical assistance program, is dead… More

ERIC Testimony Regarding Nebraska Legislative Bill 844

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) appreciates the opportunity to submit written testimony for Legislative Bill 844 (“LB844”), which would adopt the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, to the Nebraska Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee … More

protected content Alert: South Dakota Telemedicine Bill Tabled 

South Dakota Senate Bill 123, which ERIC alerted you to, has been tabled. We were not supportive of the bill because it contained language that would require a "physical" examination as part of the requirements to establish a patient-provider relationship, and it would permit only audio-visual technology to be used for telemedicine encounters… More

protected content Retirement Provisions in Budget Deal

Let’s take a deeper dive into the budget deal legislation that signed into law yesterday. A significant part of the legislation was to provide disaster relief for the various natural disasters that occurred in 2017. From a retirement perspective, the legislation included relief for those impacted by the California wildfires… More

protected content Alert: Maryland Paid Sick Leave Fight Continues

The effective date for the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act is fast approaching, but supporters of emergency Senate Bill 304 are hoping to change that… More

protected content Surveys, Hearings, Multis, Paid Leave

A lot to catch up on this week. Congress actually focused a bit on retirement issues, with a hearing at the beginning of the week, and closing out the week with the creation of a select committee that is tasked with solving the looming issues with multiemployer pension plans … More

ERIC Comments on Maryland Paid Sick Leave

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) applauds the Maryland General Assembly’s efforts to increase access to paid sick and safe leave to its workers, but believe it should be accomplished in a manner that does not hinder employers in the process. The “Maryland Healthy Working Families Act” (“Act”), while well-intentioned, provides limited time for employers to make the necessary changes in order to be in compliance with the Act by February 11, 2018 (i.e., the implementation date of the Act)… More

ERIC Supports Chronic Disease Management Act

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for introducing the Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018. ERIC strongly supports your bill to transform Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) into health benefit vehicles with vast potential for health improvement and savings. This legislation would significantly improve HSAs, making them a more versatile and effective tool for employees and plan sponsors… More

protected content HSA VBID, Budget Deal, Rx Update, ESI Survey Results, JPAmazonhathaway, and More!

Roller-coaster of a week here, with last night’s super temporary government shut down, a budget deal and Continuing Resolution (CR) that keeps the lights on through next month, lots of buzz about health care, and some key advances on ERIC health policy priorities… More

ERIC Comments on Austin’s Proposed Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

ERIC sent a letter to Austin councilmembers on the city's proposed earned sick time ordinance and it's effects on the city's large employers… More

protected content ALERT: Oregon Bill would Create an Employer “Fair Share”

A bill has been introduced in Oregon that would place a penalty on employers with employees on the state’s medical assistance program. House Bill 4105’s penalty would apply to employers that offer health insurance and have at least 50 full-time employees… More

protected content Oregon House Bill 4105 Summary – Employer “Fair Share” Bill

Oregon House Bill 4105 would create a penalty on employers that offer health insurance to their employees but have employees that work 30 or more hours per week that receive coverage through the state’s medical assistance program. It would also provide a cause of action for an employee that is retaliated against by his or her employer for applying for or receiving medical assistance through the state’s program… More

ERIC Applauds Inclusion of CHRONIC Care Act in Continuing Resolution

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for including the CHRONIC Care Act in the Continuing Resolution (CR), which will expand the use of telehealth for treating and diagnosing strokes and make it easier for enrollees to pay for telehealth services… More

protected content Wellness, HHS Update, More Retiree Health Drama, and More!

I hope you have all had a good week, and are getting ready to head into the weekend! We have a couple items to share, including results from our latest informal survey… More

protected content Alert: Washington Reinsurance Proposal Funded through Health Carrier Assessment

The state of Washington has proposed a reinsurance program that would be funded through a per-covered individual (includes spouse and dependents) assessment on health carriers and third-party administrators … More

protected content Bill Summary: Establishing an Individual Health Insurance Market Claims-Based Reinsurance Program

Washington State House Bill Washington HB 2355 on establishing an individual health insurance market claims-based reinsurance program … More

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Comments on Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure Proposed Rule

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure on a proposed rule to Part 2640 that could impact telemedicine in the state… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Mississippi’s Part 2640 Proposed Rules

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you consider the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure proposed rules for Part 2640… More

protected content Paid Leave Task Force - Austin Paid Sick Leave

The City of Austin is currently considering a paid sick leave ordinance that would add unnecessary cost and compliance burdens to employers that already offer generous paid sick leave to their employees… More

protected content Alert: Oregon Voters Say “Yes” to Measure 101 – Self-Insured Plans Exempt

On November 23, Oregonians voted in favor of a ballot initiative that keeps in place a temporary assessment on some insurers and hospitals to pay for the state’s Medicaid program… More

protected content Alert: Austin Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Last week, Austin City Councilmember Greg Casar introduced an ordinance that would establish paid sick leave in the city. The ordinance would allow employees to earn one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked, for a maximum of up to 64 hours in a calendar year… More

protected content Alert: Maryland Paid Sick Leave Delay

On Tuesday, State Senator Thomas Middleton introduced an emergency bill, SB 304, that would delay the implementation date of the state's newly passed paid sick leave law, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act to April … More

ERIC Comments on Maryland’s Paid Sick Leave Law

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) applauds the Maryland General Assembly’s efforts to increase access to paid sick and safe leave to its workers, but believe it should be accomplished in a manner that does not hinder employers in the process… More

protected content Alert: California Secure Choice Retirement Program

This past Monday, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board held their monthly meeting but failed to take any action to approve the draft emergency regulations… More

protected content Victory on Cadillac Tax!

I just wanted to share a quick note on last night’s Continuing Resolution (CR), signed by the President, which ended the short-lived government shutdown. Here is the Congressional cost estimate from the Joint Committee on Taxation for those who are interested. The bill funds the government for two and a half weeks, but also contains a 6-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and three ACA tax delays… More

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