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September 14, 2010

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[Guidance Overview]
DOL FAQ Provides Enforcement Safe Harbor for Outpatient Benefits Under MHPAEA
Excerpt: "Under the safe harbor, plans may divide outpatient services into two subclassifications: office visits and all other outpatient items and services."
(Towers Watson)

[Guidance Overview]
Rule Change on Reimbursement for Over-the-Counter Drugs
Excerpt: "The rule affects reimbursements under employer-sponsored health plans, health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), as well as health savings accounts (HSAs) and Archer medical savings accounts (Archer MSAs)[.]"
(McGuireWoods LLP)

[Guidance Overview]
IRS Form Will Help Small Businesses and Tax-Exempt Groups Claim New Health Care Tax Credit
Excerpt: "The IRS also announced how eligible tax-exempt organizations - which do not generally file income tax returns - will claim the credit during the 2011 filing season."
(Wolters Kluwer)

OPM Extends Federal Leave Without Pay to Same-S.ex Couples
Excerpt: "Federal employees with same-s.ex partners now are eligible for leave without pay to handle routine education and medical needs of their families -- a benefit long available to heterose.xual couples."
(Government Executive)

White House Supports Effort to Scale Back Small Business Provision of Health Law
Excerpt: "'Facing a backlash from small businesses over a new tax-reporting requirement in the healthcare law the president signed in March, the Obama administration is embracing the first change to the landmark legislation,' the Los Angeles Times reports."
(Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

Medicare Part D Coverage of Top Brand-Name and Specialty Drugs
Excerpt: "This Part D Data Spotlight documents the wide variations across the private stand-alone drug plans with respect to coverage of drugs, what enrollees pay for those drugs, and restrictions and limitations placed on their use. These variations have potentially significant implications for beneficiaries' access to medications and out-of-pocket costs."
(Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

[Opinion]
Johanns Amendment to Small Business Bill Would Raise Health Insurance Premiums, Increase Ranks of Uninsured, and Eliminate Preventive Health Funding
Excerpt: "The Senate will vote tomorrow, September 14, on an amendment from Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) to small business legislation that would repeal a provision of the health reform law designed to raise revenue by reducing noncompliance with the nation's tax laws."
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)




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Benefits in General; Executive Compensation

Moving from a DB Executive Retirement Plan to a DC Executive Retirement Plan (PDF)
6 pages. Excerpt: "[The paper presents an] analysis of the tax, accounting, regulatory and design factors unique to nonqualified plans."
(Aon Consulting)

Spotlight on Worker Classification and Deferred Compensation Arrangements
Excerpt: "The Internal Revenue Service's employment tax National Research Project is currently underway . . . . While the audits will be comprehensive in scope, the IRS has identified the following issues for particular focus: worker classification, fringe benefits, payroll tax reporting and executive compensation."
(Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP)


Webcasts and Conferences

401(k) Rekon Advisor Symposium Washington
in District of Columbia on September 28, 2010
presented by 401(k) Rekon

Cafeteria Plans
in Oregon on October 5, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

Cafeteria Plans
in Illinois on October 19, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

Cafeteria Plans
in Georgia on October 26, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

Cafeteria Plans
in California on November 9, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

COBRA Compliance for Group Health Plans
in Oregon on October 7, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

COBRA Compliance for Group Health Plans
in Illinois on October 21, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

COBRA Compliance for Group Health Plans
in Georgia on October 28, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

COBRA Compliance for Group Health Plans
in California on November 11, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

ERISA Compliance for Health & Welfare Plans
in Oregon on October 6, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

ERISA Compliance for Health & Welfare Plans
in Illinois on October 20, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

ERISA Compliance for Health & Welfare Plans
in Georgia on October 27, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

ERISA Compliance for Health & Welfare Plans
in California on November 10, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

Health Care Reform
in Oregon on October 8, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

Health Care Reform
in Illinois on October 22, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

Health Care Reform
in Georgia on October 29, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

Health Care Reform
in California on November 12, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

HIPAA Privacy & Security
in Oregon on October 7, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

HIPAA Privacy & Security
in Illinois on October 21, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

HIPAA Privacy & Security
in Georgia on October 28, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

HIPAA Privacy & Security
in California on November 11, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

HSAs, HRAs, and Consumer-Driven Health Care
in Oregon on October 6, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

HSAs, HRAs, and Consumer-Driven Health Care
in Illinois on October 20, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

HSAs, HRAs, and Consumer-Driven Health Care
in Georgia on October 27, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

HSAs, HRAs, and Consumer-Driven Health Care
in California on November 10, 2010
presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters


Press Releases

ASPPA to Testify on Lifetime Income Options for Retirement Plans
American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA)

SPS/GZ to Provide IRC 6039 Compliance Services
Stock Plan Solutions/Green Zapato (SPS/GZ)


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