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protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Testimony on Connecticut Telemedicine Payment Parity Bill

Yesterday, ERIC submitted testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly Public Health Committee on House Bill 5299, which would make changes to the state’s telemedicine law, most notably requiring telemedicine services to be reimbursed at the same rate as in-person services… More

ERIC Asks For Pay Parity Change in Connecticut Telehealth Legislation

ERIC has asked the Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committee on Public Health to eliminate provisions in House Bill 5299 that would artificially inflate the cost of telemedicine by imposing government requirements on reimbursement rates… More

protected content RESA and GAO Report Request

Congress has been busy this week putting the pieces together of a large spending bill to fund federal agencies prior to a March 23 shutdown. It is possible for other provisions to be tacked on to this spending bill, including the Retirement Enhancement & Savings Act… More

ERIC’s Letter to U.S. Senate on Lifetime Income Disclosure Act

We strongly support the Retirement Enhancement & Savings Act (RESA), and encourage you to advance this legislation in the Omnibus package currently being debated-with one critical modification relating to the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act (LIDA) mandate… More

ERIC and Broad Coalition Push Health Savings Account Reforms for Omnibus

ERIC has teamed with a diverse coalition of partners to promote a bipartisan legislative package to fix longstanding challenges with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans… More

protected content Alert: Connecticut Considering Telemedicine Payment Parity Bill

A bill has been introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly that would make changes to the state’s telemedicine law… More

protected content Alert: Minnesota Introduces Bill for Report on Highly Benefit Dependent Employers

A bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives has been introduced that would, in part, require the state’s Commissioner of Human Services to annually report to the legislature on various aspects of “highly benefit dependent employers"… More

protected content HSA Limit Rapid Response Needed, New Upcoming Webinars, Value and Rx, New Studies and Quick Hits

I hope you are all having a good week and survived this Nor’easter everyone was so hyped about – apparently another one is coming! I’ve got a number of items for you, but if you read nothing else, please review the first item on HSA limits – I need to get back to Treasury on this ASAP, and I need your help… More

Congress Must Act Now to Update HSA Policies

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) strongly endorses the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act of 2018, and calls on both the United States Senate and House of Representatives to move swiftly to enact the bill’s broadly-supported updates to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and the HSA Flexible Health Plans that go with them… More

ERIC Supports the Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act

ERIC supports Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) introduction of the “Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act,” which would create a central database allowing current and soon-to-be retirees to view the location of their retirement funds. It also provides needed guidance to employers on the steps that must be taken to locate former employees who are still vested in the company’s retirement plan… More

protected content HSA Bill Released, Survey Results, Health Transparency, Governors Plan, and More

We’ve been working on this for 6 months, so it’s a big deal that we finally have a package of improvements to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). The bill, which is sponsored by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Terri Sewell (D-AL)… More

protected content HSA Help Needed, Emergency Room Loans, Short-Term Plans, and More

On last week’s 3rd Thursday Call, we discussed the successful meeting of the “Coalition of the Willing” who are activating to try and include a host of HSA improvements in the coming omnibus spending measure. There is less than one month to get this done, so now is the time to pull out all the stops. After that, this year’s major legislating will be largely complete, and it will be a whole lot of messaging and election year squabbling… More

protected content Victory! Supreme Court Reverses Circuit in Major Retiree Health Case

Just a quick note to let you know that our amicus brief last year in CNH Industrial v. Reese was successful! ERIC’s brief was the only one that called on the Supreme Court to completely reverse the 6th Circuit, and instead rule in keeping with the Tackett cases that established the rules surrounding retiree health coverage and collective bargaining agreements… More

protected content Alert: Austin Paid Sick Leave

Early this morning the Austin City Council approved Council Member Casar's earned sick time ordinance with amendments. As a result of ERIC's and other state-based groups' advocacy efforts, the approved ordinance made a number of improvements for large employers… More

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

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