Updates – Wellness & Prevention

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protected content ERIC: Wellness Rule Vacated, House Moves ACA Tax Delay, Final HRA Comments, and More!

Today we will discuss: (1) EEOC signals the end of their current ADA & GINA wellness rules, (2) House moves tax vehicle with ACA tax delays, (3) ERIC files comment letter on proposed HRA rule, (4) Judge says ACA is unconstitutional, but leaves it in place (5) ERIC comments on Administration’s 1332 waiver speed-dating proposal (6) Air ambulance – ERIC needs volunteers for a federal advisory board, (7) Ding, dong, HPID is dead, (8) Surprise billing – ERIC develops joint principles with employer, consumer groups… 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

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 AARP v. EEOC Update – Wellness Rule Remanded back to Agency

Today, a federal judge with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued his opinion denying the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by AARP regarding the agency’s rule on workplace wellness programs, and he granted AARP’s motion for summary judgment against the rule… More

protected content ACA Repeal Update, Survey Results, and More

The Senate’s push toward a vote on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came to a head on Monday night, as conservative Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced that they would not support the motion to proceed to the bill, for various reasons … More

protected content BCRA, 6055 Reporting, Wellness, MHP, and More

TGIF! I hope you all enjoyed this short work week – it doesn’t sound like Congress did. Nope, they were busy getting mobbed in their states and districts by ACA supporters… More

protected content AHCA Update, Wellness Bill, Nominations, Shared Responsibility, and More

There’s not a whole lot to report on this front since last week. The conservative Freedom Caucus is basically now on board, but problems remain with the moderate Tuesday Group folks in the House GOP… 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 Webinar TOMORROW, Rx News, PCORI, Wellness, Reporting, and More

Today we will discuss: (1) Site-neutral payment webinar, (2) Updates on prescription drug cost issues, (3) EEOC recordings on Wellness and EEO-1, (4) Reminder about shared responsibility affordability threshold, (5) Mental health update, and (6) PCORI update… More

ERIC Responds to Mercer Survey of Employer-Sponsored Plans

Today’s release of data from Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, highlights the important role large employers’ play as plan sponsors… More

protected content Upcoming Calls, Dialysis Duplicity, ACA FAQs, AARP Sues EEOC on Wellness, MI Claims Tax, and More

Today’s agenda includes: (1) 3rd Thursday Call, (2) PCORI Meeting, (3) Dialysis Steerage, (4) AARP Sues EEOC, (5) MI Claims Tax, (6) ACA FAQs on Student Plans, and (7) NEW Upcoming webinars… More

protected content Health Savings Account Holders are Rolling over Unused Balances

Health savings account balances are significantly higher for older accounts than newer ones, a sign that account holders are rolling over unused balances for future use, according to a new analysis… More

With Failing Exchanges, Importance of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Growing

Today’s release of the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey highlights the growing importance of employer-sponsored health insurance plans… More

protected content Senate Dems on MHP, Wellness CRA, and More

So the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force received a letter last week from 18 Senate Democrats, and as you can imagine, their message was very different than the message I delivered at the Task Force listening session for employer and insurance groups… More

protected content GOP Alternative to ACA, MHP Opportunity, 4980H Questions, and More!

Happy Tuesday! We have a lot to cover today, so I will try to keep each section short and to the point. There are a couple things I would really appreciate your feedback on, so please have a look and share your thoughts… More

protected content EEOC to Mainstream Wellness Programs: Just Kidding! Sorta!

Today, after not such a long wait but a pretty intense period of concern, shall we say, the EEOC issued its proposed regulations on… More

protected content House Hearing on Wellness Programs Does Not Paint a Positive Picture of the EEOC, Shall We Say…

Today the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce held a hearing to debate the pros and cons of several workforce-related bills, including HR 1189… More

protected content Senate and House Introduce Favorable Bills on Wellness

Eight House and Senate Republicans have introduced two identical bills to stop the EEOC from pursuing what the agency claims are violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by employer-based wellness programs. … More

protected content Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Wellness Plans

The wellness hearing hosted by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee this morning was the Congressional equivalent of … More

protected content Senate HELP Committee Grills Two EEOC Nominees

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on November 13 held a hearing on the re-nomination of David Lopez to again be General Counsel of the EEOC and the nomination of Charlotte Burrows to be the fifth EEOC Commissioner to replace a Commissioner whose term expired in September. … More

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District Court Denies EEOC’s Request for Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against Company Wellness Program

Today, the judge in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota denied EEOC’s request for a TRO/PI, finding that the Honeywell wellness program inflicted no “irreparable harm”. … More

ERIC Outraged over Latest Wellness Suit Brought by EEOC

On Monday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a memorandum in Federal District Court in Minnesota asking for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), alleging that wellness programs sponsored by Honeywell violated both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). “This is an outrageous development, and one that could potentially jeopardize not only the health of America’s workers, but also that of their spouses,” said Gretchen Young, ERIC Senior Vice President for Health Policy. … More

protected content EEOC Once Again Goes after Employer Wellness Plan; Files for Temporary Restraining Order

Yesterday the EEOC filed for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and an Expedited Preliminary Injunction in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, claiming that Honeywell’s wellness program violates both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). … More

protected content EEOC Leaps into the Wellness Fray AGAIN

The EEOC has double-downed on their rulemaking-through-lawsuit approach to wellness programs by suing Flambeau, Inc., for a similar violation of the ADA. … More

protected content EEOC Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda Indicates Agency Planning to Opine on Wellness

For some time now, we have been concerned that the EEOC will decide to flex its muscles on whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is under the agency’s jurisdiction, permits employers to offer rewards under their wellness programs. … More

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