ERIC In The News

New Trump administration rule directs insurers to reveal what they pay for prescriptions
Chicago Tribune – 11/20/20

New Trump administration rule directs insurers to reveal what they pay for prescriptions
Fortune – 11/19/20

DOL benefits arm pumps out spate of regs in 2020
Law360 – 11/6/20

Lawmakers’ virtual dependent care FSA request an easy fix
Law360 – 11/5/20

Seattle hotel insurance mandate defended by cities, professors
Bloomberg Law – 11/5/20

Cities back Seattle hotel health care ordinance at 9th Circ.
Law360 – 11/5/20

Slipping away: Does the employer-sponsored health care system have an expiration date?
Benefits PRO – 11/3/20

Diluted ‘do-good’ investing rule more palatable but less cogent
Bloomberg Law – 11/3/20

Seattle defends hotel worker insurance mandate in Ninth Circuit
Bloomberg Law – 10/29/20

Employers aim to narrow networks, emphasize COEs, expand virtual care benefits
Health Plan Weekly – 10/28/20

New Jersey defends challenge to first-in-nation severance law
Bloomberg Law – 10/27/20

Large employers raise the alarm on varying state regulations around paid leave
Benefits PRO – 10/26/20

Despite a bumpy road ahead, incremental progress on price transparency
Health Affairs- 10/13/20

White House billing transparency metrics inspired by billionaire-funded research
Modern Healthcare – 10/8/20

Biosimilars help Texans save big on prescription drugs
The Daily News – 10/2/20

Trump EO on surprise medical bills shocks employer groups
Law 360 – 9/25/20

Business lobby shifts paid-leave stance, sensing action in 2021
Bloomberg Law – 9/16/20

Michigan’s surprise billing legislation attracts national attention
MiBiz – 9/13/20

How would these candidates tackle retirement issues?
Pensions & Investments – 9/7/20

Retirement industry hustles to keep up with DOL’s rules tsunami
Bloomberg Law – 9/1/20

Biz group looks to revive fight against Seattle benefits law
Law360 – 8/28/20

Examining Joe Biden’s retirement savings tax credit proposal
Plan Adviser – 8/28/20

Seattle hotel health-care ruling skirts high court: Trade group
Bloomberg Law – 8/27/20

The hospital industry is in a financial mess: We have a unique opportunity to fix it
Health Affairs – 8/27/20

DOL working on lifetime income disclosure rule
Pensions & Investments – 8/24/20

Trump administration issues telehealth executive order, more acts are needed
AIS Health – 8/12/20

Episode 14 – COVID -19
401k Podcast – 8/7/20

9 healthcare policies at stake if Congress’ COVID-19 package stalls
ModernHealthcare – 8/7/20

NJ layoff law changes tread on ERISA, biz group says
Law360 – 8/6/20

New Jersey’s first-in-nation severance mandate draws ERISA suit
Bloomberg Law – 8/6/20

New Jersey WARN Act changes violate ERISA – biz group
Reuters – 8/6/20

Trump’s ESG investing rule creates retiree ‘litigation roadmap’
Bloomberg Law – 8/4/20

Surprise billing fix faces major hurdles in last-minute push
Modern Healthcare – 7/30/20

IRS asked for relief on mistaken retirement distributions
Law360 – 7/24/20

IRS notice: Comments submitted on priority guidance plan for 2020-21
Bloomberg Law – 7/23/20

Healthcare industry pushes back on Trump administration plan to cut testing funds
Modern Healthcare – 7/22/20

Trump admin’s COVID-19 testing payment guidance stirs debate
AIS Health – 7/21/20

‘Surprise’ billing fix likely out of next Covid-19 package as fight over tests plays out
Politico – 7/20/20

Retirement tax guidance nearing completion, IRS officials say
Bloomberg Law – 7/20/20

US bill would create lost and found for retirement savings
Chief Investment Officer – 7/15/20

House committee calls for CMS action on biosimilars
Center for Biosimilars – 7/14/20

Bipartisan bill seeks to create retirement account ‘lost and found’
Pensions & Investments – 7/7/20

Why hospitals keep their prices secret
Washington Monthly – 7/6/20

Warren leads in VP pick, Reintroduces retirement savings bill
401kSpecialist – 7/6/20

‘Lost and found’ 401(k) bill resurfaces
Investment News – 7/6/20

There’s a billion-dollar fight brewing over whether doctors should be paid for phone calls and video visits. Who wins could determine the future of healthcare.
Business Insider – 7/2/20

Hundreds of industry groups call on Congress to advance permanent telehealth reform
Healthcare IT News – 6/30/20

IBM stock drop lawsuit remanded back to District Court
PlanSponsor – 6/23/20

Trump administration says insurers off the hook for back-to-work COVID-19 tests
Modern Healthcare – 6/23/20

Senators back sustaining telehealth momentum post pandemic
Healthcare Dive- 6/18/20

Senate HELP Committee weighs the future of telehealth
Healthcare IT News – 6/17/20

Pension plan fiduciaries get relief from Supreme Court
Pensions & Investments – 6/15/20

How a $100 billion plan to buy expensive health insurance for laid off workers won backing from big companies, hospitals, and unions, and became a bipartisan priority in Washington
Business Insider – 6/9/20

Student loan tax aid gains traction in pandemic relief talks
Law360 – 6/9/20

Congress must confront its own inaction on surprise medical bills
Morning Consult – 6/4/20

ERISA group takes Seattle benefits law fight to 9th Circ.
Law360 – 5/29/20

Wash. ERISA ruling paves way for access to health benefits
Law360 – 5/27/20

Subsidies could defang risk from new COBRA guidance
Health Plan Weekly – 5/25/20

Employer groups ask Congress to provide COBRA subsidies, bolster primary care
Modern Healthcare – 5/19/20

Large employer groups send Congress healthcare recommendations for pandemic response
HealthLeaders – 5/19/20

Insurers seek relief from mandate to pay for virus antibody tests
Politico – 5/15/20

ERISA challenge to Seattle hotel benefits law thrown out
Law360 – 5/11/20

Seattle hotel worker insurance mandate survives legal test
Bloomberg Law – 5/11/20

New HHS COVID-19 telehealth grants target pediatric, licensure programs
mHealthIntelligence – 5/4/20

A note on licensing
Politico – 5/1/20

Congress must help employers alleviate high drug costs by embracing biosimilars
Morning Consult – 4/29/20

Thole v. U.S. Bank among cases still on Supreme Court docket
Plan Adviser – 4/23/20

The economic crisis no one knows about — but will soon
The Hill – 4/14/20

No ‘surprise’ bills for COVID-19, White House says
Morning Consult – 4/13/20

In coronavirus relief effort, Congress fell short on paid sick leave
PolitiFact – 4/13/20

White House says no ‘surprise’ bills for COVID-19 patients
Associated Press – 4/10/20

Surprise billing banned for providers that gets CARES Act grants
Modern Healthcare- 4/9/20

Sponsors face quandary in how to help participants
Pensions & Investments – 4/6/20

PBGC program set for reversal of fortune
Pensions & Investments – 4/6/20

Self-insured companies missing out on massive savings if not using biosimilars, report says
American Journal of Managed Care – 4/4/20

Large employers could have saved money if more biosimilars had been prescribed
STAT News – 4/2/20

Self-insured employers missed out on $1.4B in savings from biosimilars – study
S&P Global – 4/1/20

Employers argue for expansion of biosimilars to help lower costs
InsideHealthPolicy – 4/1/20

Study: Employers can save with biosimilars
The Center for Biosimilars – 4/1/20

ERISA group rips Seattle’s bid to end benefits law dispute
Law360 – 3/24/20

Loan, hardship withdrawal flexibility among possible congressional actions
PlanSponsor – 3/20/20

4 relief measures retirement & sponsor groups are asking Congress for beyond the CARES Act
Benefits PRO – 3/20/20

More calls for Congress to provide COVID-19-related retirement plan relief
401k Specialist – 3/20/20

Retirement groups urge Congress to help sponsors, savers in coronavirus response
Pensions & Investments – 3/20/20

Congress makes another bid to create 401k match for workers with student loans
401k Specialist – 3/20/20

Amid COVID-19 fears, expert panel highlights need for biosimilars in the United States
The Center for Biosimilars – 3/18/20

Even for the insured, ‘free’ coronavirus testing pledges come with an asterisk
Morning Consult – 3/12/20

Did pension actuaries miss their chance to make a difference?
Forbes – 3/11/20

High-deductible plans may waive cost-sharing for coronavirus tests
Modern Healthcare – 3/11/20

Mike Pence leaves out key details about coronavirus testing
Salon – 3/10/20

Aon buys Willis Towers Watson: Another waypoint in the demise of employer pensions
Forbes – 3/9/20

ERISA Industry Committee proposes major 401k reforms
401k Specialist – 3/9/20

Court ruling on Intel’s DC plan sparks trepidation
Pensions & Investments – 3/9/20

Pence leaves out key details about health coverage of coronavirus testing
Kaiser Health News – 3/6/20

Industry group offers plan to modernize 401(k) system
National Association of Plan Advisors – 3/6/20

ERISA doesn’t preempt hotel benefits ordinance, Seattle says
Law 360 – 2/21/20

No more ‘sucker at the table’: New lobby to represent Fortune 500 firms paying prescription drug bills
Becker’s Hospital Review – 2/3/20

Employers shoulder plenty of drug costs, but haven’t lobbied much to lower them — until now
STAT – 2/3/20

Insurers, public split on trump transparency rules
Politico – 1/30/20

Fiduciaries look for guidance on unclaimed benefit payouts
Pensions & Investments – 1/27/20

Mark Sickles and George Barker column: Time to end balance billing
Richmond Times-Dispatch – 1/23/20

ERISA industry group slams new Seattle hotel benefits law
Law 360 – 1/22/20

No one rushing to add annuity income option
Pensions & Investments – 1/13/20

Supreme Court declines to consider Putnam fiduciary breach case
Pensions & Investments – 1/13/20

Justices skeptical of US Bank retirees in ERISA case
Law 360 – 1/13/20

Newest employee perk aims to help workers navigate a tricky tradeoff: Pay off student debt or save for retirement?
Money – 1/8/20

ERISA cases to watch in 2020: All eyes on the high court
Law360 – 1/1/20

Employer health benefits saved by the spending bill
PlanSponsor – 12/24/19

Surprising swings in momentum for legislation on surprise medical bills
Hartford Business – 12/23/19

SECURE Act moves to reality from long shot
Pensions & Investments – 12/23/19

SECURE Act passed by full Congress
PlanSponsor – 12/19/19

Legislation on surprise medical bills gains momentum in Congress
Truth Out – 12/18/19

Congress considers bipartisan compromise legislation on surprise medical bills
NPR – 12/17/19

Obamacare ruling could affect tens of thousands in La.
Houma Today – 12/16/19

As New Orleans court prepares ruling on Obamacare, Louisiana’s alternative remains in infancy
Times-Picayune – 12/15/19

Surprise billing ban draft: Middle ground leaves few pleased
Healthcare Dive – 12/10/19

U.S. government sides with plaintiff in Putnam ERISA case
Pensions & Investments – 12/2/19

3 noteworthy ERISA preemption battles from 2019
Law360 – 11/27/19

How employers could benefit from transparent health care prices
Axios – 11/26/19

DOL digital 401(k) rule not digital enough, industry says
InvestmentNews – 11/25/19

PBGC’s good news could sour quickly
Pensions & Investments – 11/25/19

Prospects for electronic delivery sparking enthusiasm for more
Pensions & Investments – 11/25/19

Union pension funding crisis solution proposed by Senate Republicans
PlanSponsor – 11/21/19

US Bank gets business industry support in SCOTUS pension row
Bloomberg Law – 11/19/19

Biz groups back US Bank in Supreme Court pension fight
Law360 – 11/19/19

‘Alarm bells are ringing,’ pension insurer warns lawmakers
Bloomberg Law – 11/18/19

PBGC programs diverge as multiemployer deficit grows
Pensions & Investments – 11/18/19

Employers call on Congress to take action on drug prices as the cost of providing coverage grows
The Center for Biosimilars – 11/8/19

Compromise could be brewing on surprise billing ahead of continuing resolution
Morning Consult – 11/8/19

Supreme Court hears arguments in IBM stock-drop fiduciary challenge
Pensions & Investments – 11/6/19

Attorneys argue for stricter reading of ‘actual knowledge’ in ERISA cases
PlanAdviser – 11/5/19

Business, trade association leaders urge Senate action on SECURE Act
Pensions & Investments – 11/5/19

U.S. business leaders call for SECURE Act passage in Senate
PlanSponsor – 11/5/19

Large employers ready for electronic disclosure rule but AARP has reservations
Benefits PRO – 10/30/19

401(k) auto portability making critical turn toward acceptance
Pensions & Investments – 10/28/19

A 401k year end ‘to do’ list
401(k) Specialist – 10/24/19

Cassidy holds ‘surprise’ bill roundtable with health interests
Politico – 10/23/19

Employer groups form coalition on drug affordability, support policies addressing biosimilars
The Center for Biosimilars – 10/18/19

Employers coalition takes up drug price transparency, price caps
HealthPayer Intelligence – 10/11/19

ERISA cases get starring roles in new Supreme Court term
Pensions & Investments – 9/30/19

After rally with De Blasio, City Council hears bills on private sector retirement security
Gotham Gazette – 9/24/19

Plan sponsor groups take aim at financial literacy proposal
Pensions & Investments – 9/16/19

Fix surprise billing and make health care more affordable
Morning Consult – 9/13/19

There’s a fair, simpler solution to surprise medical bills [Opinion]
Houston Chronicle – 9/13/19

Back in session, Congress faces industry pushback on surprise billing
Healthcare Dive – 9/10/19

The OCIO industry is the ‘wild west.’ Here’s how to tame it.
Institutional Investor – 9/10/19

Private equity tries to protect another profit center
The American Prospect – 9/9/19

De Blasio, City Council look to move ahead with private sector retirement savings program
PlanSponsor – 9/5/19

Retirement investors should take a look at international equities
PlanSponsor – 9/4/19

Groups urge Supreme Court not to undermine value of plan disclosures
PlanSponsor – 9/3/19

Biz groups urge justices to undo ruling in Intel ERISA case
Law360 – 8/29/19

Why red Wyoming seeks regulatory approach to air ambulance costs
US News & World Report – 8/23/19

Wyoming wants to use Medicaid to reduce air ambulance bills for all patients
NPR – 8/23/19

Feds say 2nd Circ. used wrong standard in IBM ERISA case
Law360 – 8/14/19

Overcoming language issues pushes benefits pros to get creative
Bloomberg Law – 8/14/19

These groups are pushing Congress on surprise medical billing
Human Resource Executive – 8/9/19

Dozens of business groups back senate health cost bill
PoliticoPro – 8/7/19

More surprise medical bill jockeying
PoliticoPro – 8/6/19

On Ric Edelman Show, Portman highlights bipartisan bill to help Americans save more for retirement
Insurance News Net – 7/26/19

Bill ending surprise medical billing would save $7.6B by 2029
Xtelligent Healthcare Media – 7/22/19

Is student debt repayment a benefit worth offering?
Associations Now – 7/17/19

Surprise billing fight escalates as providers win arbitration add to House bill
Healthcare Dive – 7/17/19

CBO: Senate health bill would save $7.6B largely due to decreased premiums
Inside Health Policy – 7/16/19

Cadillac tax repeal gets House vote this week
Modern Healthcare – 7/16/19

The $100,000 uncashed pension check
Forbes – 6/29/19

Paid family, medical leave plan becomes law in Connecticut 
Law360 – 6/25/19

Trump aims at health cost transparency with executive order 
Politico – 6/24/19

Retirement plan electronic delivery under consideration
401k TV – 6/24/19

Surprise billing fixes would ding hospitals, staffing companies, Moody’s says
Healthcare Dive – 6/21/19

In combating surprise bills, lawmakers miss sky-high air ambulance costs
Medscape – 6/19/19

We’re doing a disservice to patients if we protect them from hospital bills but bankrupt them on the way there
Governing – 6/19/19

Texas enacts bill to protect consumers from surprise billing
Health Payer Intelligence – 6/18/19

In combating surprise bills, lawmakers miss sky-high air ambulance costs
CaliforniaHealthline – 6/14/19

Air ambulance costs fly around fixes for surprise medical bills
HealthLeaders – 6/14/19

Why air ambulance bills are still sky-high
NPR – 6/14/19

Stakeholders still split on solutions for surprise medical bills
PatientEngagementHIT – 6/13/19

House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing on surprise billing: 8 takeaways
Becker’s Hospital Review – 6/13/19

‘Surprise medical bill’ witnesses clash over binding arbitration
ThinkAdvisor – 6/13/19

Providers push arbitration approaches used in some state surprise-bill laws
Healthcare Financial Management Association – 6/12/19

In battle over surprise bills, Senate ponders requiring in-network rates
Modern Healthcare – 6/12/19

Why a new coalition is spending millions to target ‘surprise’ medical bills 
Advisory Board – 6/12/19

House health panel holds hearing on surprise billing: 5 takeaways
Becker’s Hospital Review – 6/12/19

Congress warns industry to hurry on surprise billing fix
Healthcare Dive – 6/12/19

E&C looks into surprise medical bills
Politico – 6/12/19

Payers, providers dig in on surprise billing proposals 
Healthcare Dive – 6/12/19

Stakeholders push for air ambulance fixes in surprise billing legislation
Inside Health Policy – 6/11/19

New coalition to end surprise billings intensifies feud as deadline looms
Inside Health Policy – 6/11/19

Meet the “Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing”
Politico – 6/11/19

Physician, hospital groups gear up for fight on surprise medical bills
Modern Healthcare – 6/11/19

Coalition forms to fight surprise medical billing
Insurance News Net – 6/11/19

Senate takes up SECURE Act, but bill still in limbo
Pensions & Investments – 6/10/19

Industry balks at Senate proposals to boost competition, price transparency
Healthcare Dive – 6/7/19

Employers, hospitals and insurers butt heads over transparency proposals
Modern Healthcare – 6/6/19

Trade groups back senate plan to fight surprise medical bills
Law360 – 6/6/19

DOL asked to make electronic delivery of retirement plan disclosures the default
PlanSponsor – 6/4/19

Supreme Court to hear IBM stock-drop fiduciary challenge
Pensions & Investments – 6/3/19

States struggle to rein in air ambulance surprise bills
Bloomberg Law – 5/31/19

ABA urges Labor Department to propose electronic delivery rule
Financial Regulation News – 5/28/19

Alexander, Murray introduce bipartisan bill to end surprise bills
BenefitsPRO – 5/24/19

State of Flux
Leader’s Edge – 5/24/19

A big bipartisan plan to lower health costs and end surprise bills
Considerable – 5/24/19

Sens. Alexander, Murray release health legislation targeting high bills, drug costs
NPR – 5/23/19

House hearing outlines competing solutions to surprise medical bills
HealthPayer Intelligence – 5/23/19

House overwhelmingly passes bipartisan retirement bill
Pensions & Investments – 5/23/19

Congress fast-tracks action on surprise medical billing
Mondaq – 5/23/19

Washington, Texas use arbitration to take steps against surprise billing
HealthLeaders – 5/22/19

3 messages from the House ‘surprise bill’ hearing, for agents
ThinkAdvisor – 5/22/19

Payers, providers butt heads on surprise billing solutions
HealthLeaders – 5/22/19

Industry groups square off on surprise billing
Healthcare Dive – 5/22/19

Witnesses at ‘surprise billing’ hearing at odds on solutions
MedPage Today – 5/22/19

Lawmakers skewer industry reps over surprise medical bills
Law360 – 5/21/19

Capitol Hill healthcare update 
Lexology – 5/20/19

FDA warns against using sketchy diabetes devices
Politico – 5/20/19

Industry will take hot seat at Ways & Means surprise billing hearing
Inside Health Policy – 5/20/19

Key industry lobbies to testify on surprise medical bills
Politico – 5/17/19

Ways and Means looks closer at surprise medical bills
Politico – 5/17/19

‘Baseball style’ arbitration floated for surprise medical bills
Bloomberg Law – 5/16/19

On Senate floor, Portman highlights his bipartisan Retirement Security & Savings Act
InsuranceNewsNet – 5/16/19

Employers can help with ‘surprise’ out-of-network medical bills 
Society for Human Resource Management – 5/13/19

Employer groups: Make staffing firms accountable for surprise billing
Inside Health Policy – 5/08/19

Ex-Intel worker urges high court not to take on ERISA suit
Law360- 4/30/19

High court asked to revisit company stock fiduciary case
Pensions & Investments – 4/29/19

More turning to Supreme Court for ERISA relief
Pensions & Investments – 4/29/19

DOL guidance down to trickle; enforcement up
Pensions & Investments – 4/29/19

Employer groups push for national all-payer claims database
Inside Health Policy – 4/15/19

Biz groups join push for justices’ input in IBM ESOP case
Law360- 4/9/19

Measure to improve prescription drug price transparency passes House Ways and Means Committee
MASS Live – 4/9/19

SECURE Act clears House committee; RESA introduced in Senate
Pensions & Investments – 4/2/19

Happening today: Surprise medical bill hearing
Politico – 4/2/19

High court’s input sought in Intel’s ERISA dispute
Law360- 3/29/19

Business groups To Congress: Cap rates for out-of-network services
Inside Health Policy – 3/29/19

Health plans ask Congress for unified action on surprise billing
Health Payer Intelligence – 3/21/19

Battle lines harden as providers, payers grow accusatory over surprise bills 
Morning Consult – 3/20/19

It just became easier for employers to dump retirees’ pensions 
CNN – 3/20/19

Arkansas needs to advance telemedicine to improve access, lower costs
Talk Business & Politicos – 3/16/19

ERIC Outlines Top Health Priorities for Congress in New Letter
InsuranceNewsNet.com – 3/13/19

Amended telemedicine bill clears House committee
Arkansas Democrat Gazette – 3/13/19

PBGC gets Administration support
PlanSponsor – 3/08/19

Gears shifting over missing participants
Pensions & Investments – 3/04/19

Despite a lot of talking, no action being taken
Pensions & Investments – 3/04/19

Employer and consumers join insurers in push to curb surprise billing
Inside Health Policy – 2/19/19

‘Large employers can lead’ in benefits space
Benefits PRO – 2/19/19

ERISA Industry Committee appoints leaders
PlanSponsor – 2/08/19

ND lawmakers amend bill to support store-and-forward telemedicine
mHealthIntelligence – 1/28/19

ERISA group wants more flexibility in hardship distribution regs
TaxNotes – 1/14/19

North Dakota lawmakers ready to rehash telemedicine standards debate
mHealthIntelligence – 1/04/19

Seattle hotel benefits suit stayed after state court nixes law
Law360 – 1/02/19