Updates

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protected content Electronic Disclosure and Paid Leave Updates

Earlier this week, ERIC sent a letter to Secretary Acosta regarding electronic disclosure requirements. This seemed like a great time to reach out regarding modernization of the disclosure system as the Administration met with top technology executives on Monday, and showed openness to the modernization of government technology… More

protected content Alert: New York Paid Family Leave

Today, ERIC submitted a second comment letter to the State of New York regarding its paid family leave program. The letter commented on the Workers' Compensation Board's revised proposed regulations, which were published in late May… More

protected content ERIC Victory: New Jersey Telemedicine Bill Passes Legislature-Sunset Provision Removed

Yesterday, New Jersey Assembly Committee Substitute for Assembly Bill 1464 (ACS 1464) was unanimously passed by the state’s Assembly and Senate… More

Paid Leave Laws Need Clear, Consistent Language

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments on the State of New York Workers’ Compensation Board’s revised proposed rules on the state’s Paid Family Leave program… More

Senate Health Care Bill Will Reduce Costs for Employers and Employees

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased that the Senate’s health care bill recognizes the important role employer-sponsored health insurance plays in providing health benefits to more than 178 million Americans. We appreciate the Senate’s efforts to reduce taxes that are passed on to health care purchasers and consumers, improve consumer-driven health options like Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and prevent cost-shifting by stabilizing the individual markets… More

protected content Quick Summary of Senate Health Reconciliation Bill

Hot off the presses, click here for a quick summary of the Senate's health care "repeal and replace" legislation. I expect this to be a major topic at our Government Relations Strategy Meeting on Capitol Hill on Monday, so make sure to attend if you're interested… More

protected content Alert: Massachusetts Governor Submits New Budget Proposal

On June 20, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker submitted a new plan for the FY2018 budget to help fund MassHealth, the state’s health insurance program for low-income or disabled individuals. The Governor’s original proposal was to place an assessment on certain employers of $2,000 per employee, based on the number of employees participating in the employer-sponsored health plan… More

ERIC Sends Sec. Acosta Letter on Updating Delivery Methods for Notices to Beneficiaries

We watched with interest the Administration’s meeting with top technology executives on Monday, June 19, 2017, and now urge the Department of Labor to make a technology change that will improve communications between companies that sponsor health and retirement plans and their beneficiaries, and save money for both the beneficiaries and the companies… More

protected content Alert: New Jersey Telemedicine Update

On June 12, a hearing on New Jersey Assembly Committee Substitute for Assembly Bill 1464 (ACS 1464) was held by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee… More

ERIC Pulls Support of New Jersey Telehealth Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted new written testimony to the New Jersey General Assembly Appropriations Committee pulling its support for telehealth legislation – Assembly Committee Substitute for Assembly Bill 1464 … More

Chicago & Cook County Paid Sick Leave Policies Must Not Work Against Each Other

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted a comments on the City of Chicago’s proposed rules for its paid sick leave ordinance… More

ERIC Telehealth Testimony to New Jersey General Assembly Appropriations Committee

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you consider Assembly Committee Substitute for Assembly Bill 1464 (ACS 1464), which permits health care providers to engage in telemedicine and telehealth in New Jersey. ERIC is the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement, and compensation public policies at the federal, state, and local levels. We speak in one voice for our members on their benefit and compensation interests, including many members with employees and retirees in New Jersey… More

protected content Health Reform Update, New Survey, Call TODAY, EMRs, and More!

Today’s missive includes updates on: 1) The latest on the American Health Care Act, 2) HHS request for regulatory change suggestions, 3) The government push for health information technology is under the microscope, 4) Looking at a different workplace wellness bill, 5) Recent Oliver Wyman health consumer survey, 6) Latest DRIVE Health advocacy, and 7) Recap of event with House E&C Chairman Walden… More

ERIC Supports New Jersey Telehealth Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted written testimony to the New Jersey Assembly Committee on Health and Senior Services supporting proposed telehealth legislation – Assembly Committee Substitute for Assembly Bill 1464… More

protected content Alert: New Jersey Telemedicine Bill Hearing Held

In 2016, New Jersey Assembly Bill 1464, the state’s first attempt at telemedicine legislation, died in committee. The bill has been resurrected and changes have been made, and ERIC was given an opportunity to review the Assembly Committee on Health and Senior Services’ substitute for A. 1464… More

More than 50 Business Groups Call on Senate to Preserve Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits

More than 50 business organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to protect the employer-sponsored health insurance system by repealing damaging taxes and preserving improvements to consumer-directed health options proposed in the House-passed American Health Care Act … More

James Gelfand Talks Health Care on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

James Gelfand, Senior Vice President of Health Policy, was a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal this morning… More

protected content Section 420, Fiduciary, Independent Contractor, and more…

Before diving into a few updates from the DOL and Capitol Hill, I have a request regarding your pension plan. If your pension plan is overfunded and you have been taking advantage of IRC Section 420 (which allows a plan sponsor to use funds from an overfunded plan to pay for retiree health and life insurance), please reach out to me directly to chat about this important code section. And, now for the updates… More

ERIC’s Testimony Supporting New Jersey Telehealth Bill

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting testimony from interested stakeholders as you explore opportunities to expand and improve the delivery of health care through telemedicine in New Jersey. ERIC is the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement, and compensation public policies at the federal, state, and local levels. We speak in one voice for our members on their benefit and compensation interests, including many members with employees and retirees in New Jersey… More

Medicare Advantage Can be Improved by Adopting Value-Based Health Plan Designs

The DRIVE Health Initiative submitted testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Health Subcommittee detailing how Medicare Advantage plans could benefit by adopting value-based health plans designs… More

The DOL Must Modernize: How Old Rules Are Hurting Benefit Plans & Participants

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today testified before the Department of Labor’s (DOL) ERISA Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans about streamlining and eliminating unnecessary disclosure requirements placed on health and retirement plan sponsors… More

protected content New Jersey Telehealth Bill ACS 1464 Summary

A summary of New Jersey Telehealth Bill ACS 1464 … More

Employers Must be Able to Design Leave Polices that Best Fit Their Workforce

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted a letter to the Industrial Commission of Arizona asking for amendments to the proposed rules that coincide with the state’s newly passed paid sick leave law, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act… More

protected content Alert: Nevada Paid Sick Leave

On Thursday, Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed Senate Bill 196. The Governor’s veto fell on the heels of ERIC sending a letter to his office urging him to veto the bill due to the impact it would have on ERIC members and other large employers… More

protected content Alert: New York Paid Family Leave

Two major developments have occurred with New York's mandatory paid family leave program in the last two weeks… More

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