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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

May 18, 2021

2 New Job Opportunities


[Guidance Overview]

Price Transparency May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think

"[T]he carrier or TPA must provide the covered individual with an 'advance explanation of benefits' ... [which] is an estimate rather than a true list of billed charges.... [T]he advance EOBs required by the CAA must be provided for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2022.... Given that this CAA transparency obligation ultimately falls on the group health plan, employers need to pay attention."  MORE >>

HUB International

[Guidance Overview]

Pennsylvania Protects Leave for Organ and Tissue Donation

"Set to take effect on June 26, 2021, the new law applies only to employees otherwise eligible for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)."  MORE >>

Fox Rothschild LLP

District Court Weighs In on Allegation of Deficient COBRA Notice

"The court dismissed the claim that the notice failed to provide the name and contact information of the plan administrator, reasoning that the plaintiffs had not alleged any injury resulting from the failure to provide this information.... The court, however, declined to dismiss the claim that the COBRA notice was not drafted to be understood by an average plan participant." [Green v. FCA US, LLC, No. 20-13079 (E.D. Mich. May 4, 2021)]  MORE >>

Faegre Drinker

PCORI Fee Deadline Just Around the Corner

"For 2021 the deadline will be August 2, instead of the usual July 31 deadline, since the 31st falls on a Saturday.... The fee is $2.66 per covered life for plan years that ended on or after October 1, 2020 (including calendar year plans). For plan years that ended on or after January 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020, the fee is $2.54 per covered life."  MORE >>

Cowden Associates, Inc.

IRS Releases 2022 Health Plan Limits

"For those already planning for next year, the IRS slightly increased several limits, but the minimum deductibles and [excepted benefit HRA (EBHRA)] maximum remained the same."  MORE >>


Temporary Relief for Dependent Care Assistance Programs

"The increase in the annual limit [to $10,500] is only for 2021. For 2022, the annual limit will again be $5,000 unless future legislation raises the limit.... If highly compensated employees utilize the higher limit in 2021 to a greater degree than non-highly compensated employees, this could cause the dependent care flexible spending account program to fail the average benefit test and require that highly compensated employees include the benefits they receive in 2021 as income."  MORE >>

Frost Brown Todd LLC

National Paid Employment Leave Program Included in Proposed American Families Plan

"Some of these types of leave are not currently covered by any law at the federal level for employers. The American Families Plan would guarantee 12 weeks of paid parental, family, and personal illness/safe leave by Year 10 of the program, and also ensure workers get three days of bereavement leave per year starting in Year 1."  MORE >>

McAfee & Taft

Family and Medical Leave: What's New and What's Not

"Whether the American Families Plan will ever become law remains to be seen. In the meantime, the existing FMLA provides some protections for employees — and many traps for employers. [Here] are some of the more common pitfalls."  MORE >>



How Haven Healthcare Misjudged Participant Behavior

"Americans tend to be healthcare super utilizers and poor consumers, and the insurance payment system rewards this behavior and encourages the cautious physician and facility to enable it."  MORE >>

Corporate Synergies

Benefits in General

How to Inspire Employee Engagement When Benefit Programs Don't Change

"A comprehensive and well-organized benefits intranet or portal can boost employee engagement by making benefits information clearer and more accessible.... Providing decision support can be invaluable to employees ... Even if your core benefits haven't changed, there may be small changes employees need or want to know about."  MORE >>

Tango Health

Employee Benefits Jobs

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DWC - The 401(k) Experts


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for Allied Consultants, Inc. Retirement Plan Administrator

Allied Consultants, Inc.

Chino Hills CA

Press Releases

Morneau Shepell Rebrands to LifeWorks, Reflecting Company's Purpose of Improving Lives and Business


Principal® Announces New Leaders in Retirement and Income Solutions

Principal Financial Group

T. Rowe Price Accelerates Transformation of Its Retirement Recordkeeping Business

T. Rowe Price

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

2020 PBM Customer Satisfaction Report: Is Satisfaction Guaranteed?

May 25, 2021 WEBCAST


Best Practices in Drafting Paid Parental Leave Policies

June 15, 2021 WEBCAST


Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Gifts and Bonuses in Exchange for Vaccination Can Trigger Legal Issues

The Hill

Making Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance More Affordable

Erica Socker and Mark E. Miller, in Health Affairs Blog

Second Circuit: Arbitration Agreement Did Not Require Arbitration of Employee's ERISA Claim

Baker McKenzie, via Lexology; free registration may be required

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