ERIC Urges CMS to Abandon Health Plan Identifier Regulations

The ERISA Industry Committee calls effort disruptive

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC – The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to eliminate requirements for Health Plan Identifiers (HPIDs) for self-insured plans.

In response to a CMS Request for Information, ERIC said the HPID requirements are not able to accommodate and encompass the wide-ranging and disparate universe of employer-sponsored group health plans.

In its letter to CMS, ERIC President and CEO Annette Guarisco Fildes said, “the HPID requirements have caused considerable administrative confusion, uncertainty, and consternation for ERIC members.”

ERIC further asserted that the proposed certification rules generally should not apply to employer-sponsored group health plans.

While ERIC applauds CMS for seeking additional comment from the public on HPIDs, Fildes notes that “the HPID is a 20-year old solution to a problem that no longer exists, and it ought to be scrapped entirely.”


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About the ERISA Industry Committee
ERIC is the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employer plan sponsors on health, retirement, compensation, and paid leave public policies at the federal, state, and local levels. With member companies that are leaders in every sector of the economy, ERIC promotes uniformity and flexibility for nationwide benefit plans.