Updates

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protected content Spring 2017 Benefits Litigation Update

The Spring 2017 edition of the Benefits Litigation Update, prepared by Epstein Becker Green and ERIC is now available. The Benefits Litigation Update is a quarterly publication that takes recent legal cases that matter for health and retirement plan sponsors and boils them down to their most important takeaways.… More

protected content Quick Update on AHCA

I just wanted to share a quick update on the advance of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP’s bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill has a number now – H.R. 1628… More

protected content Texas Telehealth Bill Passes Committee

Yesterday, the Texas State Senate's Health and Human Services Committee unanimously passed SB 1107 out of Committee; it will now proceed to the Senate floor for a vote… More

protected content Colorado Telehealth Bill Passes

In February, we alerted you about Colorado HB 1094, a bill that clarifies aspects of existing law, including required coverage for telehealth services. The bill moved quickly through the legislative process and was signed into law on March 16… More

ERIC Supports Delaying the Fiduciary Rule

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) supporting the 60-day delay of implementing the fiduciary rule… More

protected content Draft Comment on Mortality Table Update

Mortality tables specify the probability of survival year by year for an individual based on age, gender, and other factors… More

protected content AHCA’s CBO Score, UFAs Beginning, 1332 State Waivers, Pharmacists Attack PBMs, and More

This week everyone is talking about the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score for the Republican’s repeal and replace bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), so we will have a quick look at it too. But there’s a lot more going on folks! The Administration continues to staff up, those pesky 1332 state innovation waivers are being bandied about, and the battle over drug prices is starting to kick into high gear. Let’s have a look at some of the policy debate going on this week… More

protected content Paid Sick Leave Alert - Maryland Legislation

Paid sick leave activity in the states is on the rise. Below, I have highlighted a few Maryland bills that have traction, provided a brief summary of the bill text, and put forth what you can do to help… More

protected content Comment on Fiduciary Rule Delay

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed a 60-day delay to the implementation date of the new fiduciary rule … More

protected content Vermont’s Proposed Assessment on Employers

States’ reactions to “repeal and replace” legislation are becoming more apparent as we dig into governors’ FY 2018 budget proposals… More

protected content American Health Care Act, Drug Costs, Nominations, and More

It’s been a crazy week. The House committees stayed up all night Wednesday to argue about repeal and replace, pundits and interest groups came down all over the board, and the President has been busy meeting with Democrats to discuss drug costs. Never a dull moment. Here are some quick updates before you head into your weekend… More

protected content Summary of the American Health Care Act

James Gelfand breaks down the American Health Care Act in a clear, concise summary… More

protected content Immediate Opportunity: Massachusetts “Fair Share” Proposal

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s FY 2018 budget contains a proposal that will affect many employers in that state. MassHealth, the State’s publicly funded health insurance provider for lower-income residents, now accounts for 40% of the State’s budget. The Governor’s proposal is aimed at discouraging people from choosing it over their employer’s coverage by fining certain employers $2,000 per full-time employee as a “fair share” assessment… More

ERIC Backs Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased to support the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R. 1313), and urges members to vote yes when then bill is considered by the Committee… More

protected content Fighting – and Winning – For You on “Repeal and Replace”

By now I am sure many of you have seen summaries of the recently-released House “repeal and replace” reconciliation bill, dubbed the “American Health Care Act,” as well as seen the wall-to-wall media coverage… More

protected content Immediate Opportunity - Telehealth Legislation in Texas

The Texas legislature is currently considering telehealth legislation that reflects a hard-fought compromise to increase access to telehealth services in the state… More

ERIC Supports the the “American Health Care Act”

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased to support the advancement of reconciliation measures collectively referred to as the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), and urges action in the U.S. Senate to include full and permanent repeal of the dangerous 40 percent “Cadillac” excise tax on employer-sponsored health benefits… More

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

ERIC Supports Senate Resolutions of Disapproval for State & Local Retirement Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased to support S.J. Res. 32 & 33, resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) for the repeal of the Department of Labor’s Rules on Savings Arrangements Established by States for Non-Governmental Employees and Savings Arrangements Established by Qualified State Political Subdivisions for Non-Governmental Employees… More

protected content President’s Speech, Repeal & Replace Updates, Dialysis in the Crosshairs, and More

It’s also been a rather wild one in Washington. We’ve had Senator Randy Paul (R-KY) on his quest to find the “secret bill” to repeal and replace the ACA, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) interrupting hearings to defend the secrecy, and a whole lot of accusations relating to Russia, wire-tapping, slush funds, and other shenanigans… More

protected content Summary of Draft ACA “Repeal and Replace” Legislation

Today a piece of draft legislation was leaked, dated February 10th, that appears to be the House GOP's initial reconciliation proposal to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act… More

protected content Hardship Update and Minimum Present Value Comment Letter

ERIC successfully filed three comment letters on your behalf this week! In addition, below is an overview of changes to hardship distribution audit procedures. This information is hot off the presses – just released within the past hour… More

ERIC Comments on Update to Minimum Present Value Requirements for Defined Benefit Plan Distributions

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased to respond to the request by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) for comments regarding the provisions contained in the proposed Update to Minimum Present Value Requirements for Defined Benefit Plan Distributions (the “proposed regulations”) and to request the opportunity to testify at the March 7, 2017 hearing on this subject. Our testimony will address the points made in this comment letter… More

protected content Exclusion Cap Options, Sign-On Letters, HSA Legislation, and More

Congress is away from DC this week, busy getting brigaded at town hall events. ERIC is continuing our work to shape coming legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to engage with the new Administration as it continues to staff up, and to represent your interests before the federal agencies as well as Congress… More

ERIC Comments on Oregon Retirement Savings Plan

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) is pleased to respond to the request of the Oregon State Treasury for comments regarding rules on the Oregon State Retirement Savings Plan (“Proposed Rule”)… More

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