Testimony

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ERIC’s Testimony on Texas Senate Telehealth Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) represents the country’s largest employers, many with employees and retirees in Texas, with the goal of ensuring telehealth benefits are accessible for millions of workers, retirees, and their families. ERIC speaks in one voice for our members on their benefit and compensation interests… More

Statement re: Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Stabilizing the Individual Health Insurance Market

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to submit a statement for the record on behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), regarding the hearing on stabilizing the individual health insurance market.… More

Student Loans Affect Employees’ Ability to Save for Retirement

Employers voluntarily provide quality retirement benefits to millions of Americans, but more and more employers are concerned with their employees’ inability to save for retirement due to student loan debt… More

ERIC Works to Create Barrier-Free Access to Telehealth

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is weighing-in with regulatory boards and legislatures to create barrier-free access to telehealth… More

ERIC Testifies Before Dept. of Treasury and IRS Officials on Relief for Defined Benefit Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today testified before a panel of U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials regarding proposed regulations on nondiscrimination testing for so-called “closed” defined benefit plans… More

ERIC Highlights Importance of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Before Congress

ERIC today submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions of the Education and the Workforce Committee regarding the tax treatment of health care and the important role that employers serve in providing health care coverage to workers and their families… More

ERIC Submits Testimony Supporting Louisiana Senate Bill on Telehealth

The ERISA Industry Committee submitted testimony supporting Louisiana Senate Bill 328 (SB 328) regarding telehealth… More

ERIC Supports Louisiana House Telehealth Bill

ERIC is pleased to support Louisiana House Bill 570 (HB 570) regarding telehealth. ERIC represents large employers with the goal of ensuring telehealth benefits are accessible for millions of workers, retirees, and their families… More

ERIC Submits Testimony on Mississippi Telehealth Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased to support Mississippi House Bill 1178 (H.B. 1178) regarding telehealth… More

ERIC Submits Comments to the Tennessee House and Senate on Proposed Telehealth Bills

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Tennessee House and Senate regarding House Bill 2331 and Senate Bill 2373… More

ERIC Supports Michigan Senate Bill 753 on Telehealth

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted testimony to the Michigan Senate Committee on Health Policy, supporting Senate Bill 753 (S. 753)… More

ERIC Submits Testimony to Advance Telemedicine in Texas and New Hampshire

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) has submitted written testimony to advance telemedicine in Texas and New Hampshire. As the only national association advocating solely for the employee benefit and compensation interests of the country's largest employers, ERIC actively seeks to enhance our members’ ability to provide high-quality, affordable health care… More

protected content ERIC Testifies at Treasury / IRS Hearing on Proposed Transition Rules on Hybrid Plans

Today, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) held a hearing on the proposed regulations relating to hybrid plans. ERIC, represented by Richard Shea and Robert Newman of Covington & Burling, testified at the hearing.… More

ERIC Offers Support for Chairman Tiberi’s Bill to Provide Relief from Nondiscrimination Testing for Frozen DB Plans

In a statement submitted today to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) urged the subcommittee to protect and encourage the continuation of retirement plans by minimizing costs to maintain retirement plans, provide relief for frozen defined benefit plans, recognize the deferral nature of retirement savings, and critically evaluate proposals to change the system.… More

protected content Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Holds Hearing on Defined Benefit Plans

Today, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a hearing on Private Employer Defined Benefit Pension Plans. The focus on the hearing was the challenges facing employers, employees and retirees who rely on defined benefit pension plans to help provide retirement security. The hearing focused on single employer and multiemployer issues.… More

protected content Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Retirement Savings Policy

Today, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on “Retirement Savings 2.0: Updating Savings Policy for the Modern Economy.” Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) opened the hearing by stating that it appears tax incentives for retirement savings are not skewed towards those Americans who need them the most. … More

ERIC Urges Senate Finance Committee to Be Wary of Unintended Consequences in Considering Tax Changes to Employer Retirement System

In a statement submitted today to the Senate Finance Committee on its hearing on retirement savings reform, the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) urged the committee to be wary of unintended outcomes in considering changes to the tax rules for retirement savings. … More

protected content House Ways and Means Committee Examines ACA’s 30-Hour Rule

The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee held a hearing yesterday on “Impact of the Employer Mandate’s Definition of Full-time Employee on Jobs and Opportunities.”… More

ERIC Recommends that IRS Further Simplify ACA Employer Information-Reporting Requirements before Treasury/IRS Hearing

Richard Stover, Principal and Consulting Actuary of Buck Consultants (a Xerox Company), testified today on behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) before a joint Treasury Department and IRS hearing on proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act on information reporting by large employers on health coverage. … More

protected content Administration Continues Reassuring Lawmakers that Exchanges Will Be Fixed

The Obama Administration continues to take a beating over the rollout of the website for the exchange marketplace. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner both made the rounds on Capitol Hill… More

protected content Congressional Hearing Focuses on Challenges of Exchanges Rollout

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing yesterday on the “Status of the Affordable Care Act Implementation.” Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, testified before the Committee.… More

protected content Congressional Hearing Witnesses Say the Exchanges are on Track for October 1st

ERIC attended yesterday’s House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on "PPACA Pulse Check: Part 2" given the significant interest of members in the Exchanges. The Committee focused the hearing on whether the Administration was on track for the roll-out of the Exchanges on October 1st. … More

protected content Key Treasury Official Testifies before Ways and Means Committee on Delay of Employer Mandate

Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury yesterday testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the Administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act.… More

ERIC Testifies Before PBGC on Reportable Events Proposed Regulations

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) on June 18 testified before a Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) hearing on the agency’s proposed regulations on reportable events requirements. Mike Francese, a partner in Covington & Burling’s employee benefits practice, testified on behalf of ERIC, where he raised concerns regarding the PBGC’s proposal to modify the rules governing reportable events.… More

protected content The Enduring Trials and Tribulations of Wellness Programs, Plus a New FocusOn Call

Yesterday the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in response to several years of badgering by (and numerous meetings with) ERIC and our member companies, held a hearing to address “Wellness Programs under Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws.” … More

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