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protected content 2 Potential amicus briefs – Please review

We are interested in supporting two legal cases with the filing of amicus briefs and would like your support. One is a health care case and the other a retirement case… More

ERIC Advocates for Student Loan & Hardship Withdrawal Policies to Promote Employee Savings

The ERISA Industry Committee started 2019 off with a flurry of comments on retirement policies affecting large plan sponsors… More

ERIC Comments on Proposed Regulations Relating to Hardship Distribution Provisions

ERIC submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service on proposed regulations relating to hardship distribution provisions for 401(k) plans… More

ERIC Submits Comments on North Dakota’s Reinsurance Program

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you explore ways to stabilize North Dakota’s individual health insurance market through a reinsurance program… More

ERIC Comments on North Dakota Telemedicine Bill

Today, ERIC submitted comments on North Dakota Senate Bill 2094, which would require most telemedicine visits to be performed using both audio and video communication technology… More

ERIC Submits Comments on North Dakota’s Proposed Telemedicine Legislation

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you consider the proposed legislation, Senate Bill 2094, regarding telemedicine… More

protected content DOL on MHP, State health initiatives, Rx cost update

The government is still shut down, but the system continues to churn. I have a couple relatively quick updates today, as activity continues in those agencies that are not shut down, the states are absolutely keeping busy, and burgeoning prescription drug price hikes are putting pressure on Congress, consumers, and plan sponsors… More

protected content ERIC Letter to IRS—Comments requested by 1-14-19 on Hardship Distribution Rules

Members please provide comments on this draft letter to the IRS addressing hardship distributions by Monday, January 14… More

ERIC Encourages IRS to Provide Guidance on Student Loan Relief

ERIC worked with a coalition of companies and business groups to encourage the IRS to provide guidance that all employers could use when considering student loan relief in their retirement plans… More

protected content Missing Participants Comment Letter - Review

Click here to review a draft letter to the Department of Labor regarding Missing Participants. The purpose of this letter is to provide the DOL with additional information on what we would like to see in any guidance that the DOL issues in the near future… More

protected content Seattle Litigation Update

As you know, in August 2018, ERIC brought a lawsuit seeking to invalidate, based on preemption under ERISA, Part 3 of Seattle’s hotel ordinance and implementing rules that require the payment of additional compensation to hotel employees unless the hotel employer provides a specified level of health insurance benefits at a low contribution level for the employee… More

protected content Alert: North Dakota Proposes § 1332 Waiver Featuring Assessment on TPAs

North Dakota’s 2019 legislative session began today, January 3, and a bill to create a reinsurance program via an ACA § 1332 Waiver has been introduced… More

ERIC and City of Seattle File Temporary Non-Enforcement Agreement

ERIC and the City of Seattle have filed for a temporary non-enforcement of Part 3 of the Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative … More

protected content ERIC: Wellness Rule Vacated, House Moves ACA Tax Delay, Final HRA Comments, and More!

Today we will discuss: (1) EEOC signals the end of their current ADA & GINA wellness rules, (2) House moves tax vehicle with ACA tax delays, (3) ERIC files comment letter on proposed HRA rule, (4) Judge says ACA is unconstitutional, but leaves it in place (5) ERIC comments on Administration’s 1332 waiver speed-dating proposal (6) Air ambulance – ERIC needs volunteers for a federal advisory board, (7) Ding, dong, HPID is dead, (8) Surprise billing – ERIC develops joint principles with employer, consumer groups… More

protected content End of Congress Legislative Update

A little bit ago it was announced that President Trump would reject this legislation since it does not include the $5 billion necessary to build a wall at the southern border. We are now waiting to see how the House reacts. In the end, it is unlikely any retirement legislation will be included in the larger spending bill prior to a government shutdown – that would occur tomorrow at midnight – and it is now more likely we will have a government shutdown… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Proposal to Expand Health Reimbursement Arrangements

ERIC submitted comments on the Trump Administration’s proposal to expand and facilitate access to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based plans… More

ERIC Advises Federal Agencies on 1332 Waiver Evaluations

ERIC submitted comments related to Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury urging the federal government to be vigilant to ensure that state activity does not violate the federal law that governs employer health benefit plans… More

ERIC Submits Comments to CMS on 1332 Waivers

The ERISA Industry Committee is pleased to submit these comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) guidance related to section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementing regulations, published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2018… More

protected content Alert: ERIC Comments to CMS on Section 1332 Waiver Guidance

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in response to its guidance related to Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was released on October 22… More

ERIC Files Final Brief in Lawsuit Against Seattle

ERIC has filed its final brief in our lawsuit against the City of Seattle seeking to halt enforcement of the City’s health coverage mandate because it requires, uniquely for Seattle, a specified level of health plan benefits and precludes uniform health plan administration… More

ERIC Asks Congress to Rethink Retirement Disclosure Responsibility of Employers

ERIC) sent a letter to Congress expressing support for the passage of retirement legislation that would enhance retirement savings opportunities during this Congress. The letter also asked that lawmakers modify the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act (LIDA) provision, making options more effective and flexible for plan sponsors… More

protected content Amicus Brief Updates

On Wednesday, a brief was submitted in support of the defendants, PwC, in Laurent v. PwC… More

protected content Hardship, Auto-Portability, PBGC

The Balanced Budget Act of 2018 made several changes to hardship distribution rules. Notably, it allowed for the elimination of the six-month waiting period for contributing to the retirement plan following a hardship distribution… More

protected content HRA Webinar Tomorrow, HSA & Caddy Lame Duck Push

I know a lot of you are interested in the Administration’s proposal to expand Health Reimbursement Arrangements, to enable new coverage options including letting some employees purchase health insurance with HRA funds. We will go through the rule and talk about ways in which we think it could be improved or changed… More

ERIC Remains Confident in Lawsuit Against the City of Seattle

ERIC continues to be confident in our lawsuit against the City of Seattle and believes that the City’s latest arguments to dismiss the lawsuit will be rejected by the court… More

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