Updates

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Texas Medical Board Moves Forward with Implementing Telemedicine

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments to the Texas Medical Board praising it for taking steps to quickly implement the new telemedicine law in the state, including the incorporation of mental health services… More

ERIC Comments on DOL’s Disability Claims Rule Delay

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased the Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing a 90-day delay of the costly and burdensome midnight regulation on disability benefit claims review… More

The ERISA Industry Committee Files Lawsuit Against Oregon

ERIC has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon against the Oregon Retirement Savings Board for obstructing federal law. In the complaint, ERIC is requesting an injunction against only the reporting requirement OregonSaves imposes on employers that already provide a retirement plan… More

ERIC’s Legal Complaint about OregonSaves State Retirement Plan: What You Need to Know

OregonSaves is the State of Oregon’s state-run retirement program. Signed into law in June 2015, the Oregon Retirement Savings Board was implemented and tasked with creating a defined contribution retirement plan for private-sector employees… More

protected content CNH Industries v Reese [Retiree Health]

By now you are likely aware of the series of cases dealing with rights to lifetime retiree health benefits, from Tackett and the like. This case stands out because thus far, it has been decided against the interests of employers – and essentially it turns Tackett on its head… More

protected content Congress’ Next Health Care Package, Possible EO Tomorrow, MLR, Rx Update, HIPAA, and More!

At this point you have probably heard all about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual market stabilization package that Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) are working on… More

Treasury Issues Final Mortality Table Rule

ERIC is pleased the Department of Treasury took into account a number of the requested changes listed in our comment letters, including flexibility for the plan sponsor to potentially delay for one year the use of the new mortality tables for purposes of satisfying minimum funding standards… More

protected content Mortality Table Final Rule

The final mortality table rule has been released by the Treasury Department as of 4:15 p.m. EDT… More

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Comments to Florida Telehealth Advisory Council

The Florida Telehealth Advisory Council recently released its Report of Recommendations, which will be reviewed in the Council’s meeting today, October 3… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Florida’s Telehealth Advisory Council’s Report of Recommendations

Thank you for accepting comments from interested stakeholders as you develop telehealth rules in Florida… More

ERIC Comments to AICPA

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) are pleased to respond to the request by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for comments regarding the Proposed Statement on Auditing Standards, Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements of Employee Benefits Plans Subject to ERISA (Proposal)… More

protected content UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health

Several members have recently requested an update on the latest regarding the Sutter case in California. The case brought by UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust against Sutter alleges that the company “uses its dominant economic power to compel network vendors to agree to anti-competitive terms in their provider agreements… More

Tax Reform Must Preserve Employer-Sponsored Benefits

ERIC appreciates that the Republicans’ United Framework for Tax Reform encourages retirement security and is hopeful that as lawmakers move forward crafting legislation, they will preserve the pre-tax treatment of employer-sponsored benefits… More

protected content Tax Reform Framework

Another step in what will most likely be a long process with tax reform – a new framework has been released by the Administration, in coordination with the House Committee on Ways & Means and the Senate Committee on Finance… More

protected content Latest on Graham-Cassidy, EEOC & Wellness Update

My what a week. Repeal and replace was back, then it wasn’t. There was even more chaos on Capitol Hill with 181 people arrested in or outside the Senate Finance hearing on Graham-Cassidy. Deep breath… More

ERIC Submits Oklahoma Section 1332 Waiver Comments

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding Oklahoma's Section 1332 Waiver Application… More

protected content Alert: Texas Medical Board Releases Proposed Rules

The Texas Medical Board recently released its proposed rules to implement the telemedicine legislation that was enacted earlier this year… More

protected content AICPA & OregonSaves

Hope the week is off to a great start. This email will cover two topics: (1) AICPA Proposed Comments; and (2) Update on OregonSaves.… More

protected content Alert: Massachusetts Governor Submits Request for Relief

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently submitted a Request for Transition Relief from Employer Shared Responsibility Requirements to Secretaries Mnuchin and Price of the Departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services, respectively. The Governor is seeking an extension of the transition relief of the ACA’s employer shared responsibility payments under § 4980H and reporting requirements of § 6056… More

Delay of Mortality Table Rule Creates Stable Environment for Plan Sponsors

ERIC encourages the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to delay the implementation date for the proposed Department of Treasury rule on mortality tables for determining present value under defined benefit pension plans… More

ERIC Applauds Call for Elimination of Onerous Health Care Taxes

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds Chairman Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) opening statement at today’s Senate Finance Committee’s meeting, where he called for the elimination of the health insurance tax (HIT) on fully insured health plans and the 40 percent “Cadillac” excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance… More

protected content Market Stabilization, Wellness, Employer Exclusion, and Last Ditch ACA Repeal Efforts

I hope you’re all doing well. It’s been a while since my last update, but I’m back at ERIC HQ and we’ve got some news for you! If you want some really interesting reading, check out this Bloomberg piece about the “patent thicket” protecting the “world’s best-selling drug.” I found it fascinating… More

protected content Alert: Oklahoma Section 1332 Waiver Application

Oklahoma has applied to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a state innovation waiver under § 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The waiver application seeks to establish a reinsurance program, with the proposed funding for the program coming from pass-through federal funding in conjunction with an assessment on insurers and reinsurers… More

Quality Affordable Health Care Is Within Our Reach

Annette Guarisco Fildes, ERIC's President and CEO, with David Lansky, President and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health, wrote an op-ed for Morning Consult where they discussed the importance of value-based health care … More

Comments on Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries’ Proposed Paid Sick Leave Rule

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) is pleased to submit comments on Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries’ edits for its proposed rules on Initiative 1433 (“Proposed Edited Rules”) regarding paid sick leave… More

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