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Draft of 2010 IRS Form W-2 (PDF)
3 pages. Excerpt: "Back of Copy B. Notice to Employee. . . . Cost of employer-sponsored health coverage (if provided by the employer). The reporting in Box 12, using Code DD, of the cost of employer-sponsored health coverage is for information only. The amount reported with Code DD is not taxable."
(Internal Revenue Service)
Discrimination Based on Genetic Information: Labor Department FAQs
Excerpt: "An easy-to-understand set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) was released by the Department of Labor on a topic that still causes much confusion: the requirements of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that prohibit discrimination in group health coverage based on genetic information.'
(Deloitte via BenefitsLink.com)
PPACA's New Claims Review Procedures: A Recap of the Implementation Status
Excerpt: "Self-insured plans will typically not be subject to state review procedures, so would ordinarily fall within the category of plans subject to the federal external review procedures. Under Department of Labor Technical Release 2010-10, however, self-insured plans can avoid being subject to the federal review procedures if they voluntarily elect to comply with their state's external review procedures (where permitted), or if they comply with the procedures outlined in the Technical Release (which are based on the NAIC Model Act)."
(Deloitte via BenefitsLink.com)
Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Guidance Gives More Details on Retiree Lists and Eligible Claims
Excerpt: "More guidance on the early retiree reinsurance program (ERRP) gives details on the retiree and claim data that plan sponsors will need to submit to receive the subsidy. Along with clarifying which retirees and claims are eligible for reimbursement, the guidance outlines specific formatting requirements for the two different methods of submitting retiree lists. The ERRP website will begin accepting retiree data submissions in a few weeks."
The Funding Status of Retiree Health Plans in the Public Sector
Excerpt: "We consider the extent of the unfunded liabilities states face and explore what factors may explain the variation in liabilities across states. The importance and sustainability of RHI plans in the public sector ultimately depends on how workers view and value this post-retirement benefit, yet little is known about how RHI directly impacts the public sector labor market."
(National Bureau of Economic Research: paid subscription or individual purchase required to retrieve fulltext)
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Benefits in General; Executive Compensation
The ERISA Litigation Newsletter, October 2010
This edition focuses on a recent ruling: 'Tenth Circuit Permits Discovery of Dual Role Conflict of Interest Issues in ERISA Benefit Claims, But with Limitations;' it also covers other Rulings, Filings and Settlements of Interest.
(Proskauer Rose LLP)
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