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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

June 9, 2021

9 New Job Opportunities


[Guidance Overview]

How Do Multiemployer Plans Claim the COBRA Premium Assistance Credit?

"Some multiemployer plans face a unique issue: they pay COBRA premiums on behalf of participants and beneficiaries but do not have any employees or employment tax liability. Those plans do not have any withheld taxes to retain or otherwise fund the COBRA premiums while waiting for a subsidy from the IRS."  MORE >>

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans [IFEBP]

[Guidance Overview]

IRS Notice 2021-31: COBRA Subsidy Calculation and Claiming the Credit

"The premium payee may claim the subsidy credit even if an AEI fails to notify the employer/plan administrator that they are eligible for other group health plan coverage or Medicare. The premium payee is not required to refund to the IRS the subsidy credit arising after the AEI's subsidy ended unless they were aware that the AEI was not entitled to the subsidy."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

EEOC Issues Guidance on Mandatory Vaccine Policies and Vaccine Incentive Programs

"An employer may offer unlimited incentives to employees to voluntarily provide documentation that they received a COVID-19 vaccination on their own.... An employer may not offer an incentive to an employee in return for an employee's family member getting vaccinated by the employer or its agent, but it may offer family members the opportunity to be vaccinated without offering the incentive to the employee.... Remember, incentives may be taxable."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Maryland Passes Paid Public Health Emergency Leave Mandate; Practical Effect Remains Unclear

"The [public health emergency leave] mandate applies prospectively only, and is in addition to other paid leave benefits required under Maryland law. Although technically in effect, employers are not required to provide leave until the date on which state or federal funding is made available to them for this purpose."  MORE >>

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Tools to Help Employees Become Better Healthcare Price Shoppers

"[1] Coupon-driven websites.... [2] Healthcare Bluebook makes it simple to compare prices along with the quality of services and providers to ensure consumers are getting the best value.... [3] State-sponsored resources ... [4] Health plan comparison tools.... [5] Most providers including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna offer provider-finder and cost-estimator tools to their members."  MORE >>


Benefits Added During the Pandemic Likely to Remain

"As the COVID-19 pandemic upended workers' lives, employers responded by providing flexible work arrangements, addressing caregiving needs and supporting workers' emotional well-being. It now looks like many employers are planning to keep those offerings after the pandemic ends."  MORE >>

Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article

Top Health Industry Issues of 2021

"[This report] examines how the healthcare industry is expected to face the uncertainty of 2021, building resilience for long-term survival by developing its own forecasting systems, reshaping business portfolios post-pandemic for financial stability and growth and creating a more nimble, modern supply chain."  MORE >>


What's Next for Drug Pricing in the U.S.?

"Three [proposed] bills would change US antitrust laws to target 'reverse payment' patent settlements, 'product hopping' and 'sham' citizen petitioning. A fourth bill would cap the number of patents in an infringement action resulting from a 'patent dance' information exchange in the abbreviated approval pathway for biosimilars. Supporters claim these bills would target conduct that supposedly prevents or slows competition from less-expensive drugs."  MORE >>

White & Case LLP, via Lexology; free registration required

Alert (High Risk Issue) icon Government Warns Doctors and Insurers: Don't Bill for COVID Vaccines

"While many patients have encountered coronavirus bills for testing, there have been only a handful involving vaccines. Still, the rules are not foolproof, and some patients have faced illegal charges.... The fees range from $20 to $850."  MORE >>

The New York Times; subscription may be required

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as DB Retirement Plan Administrator
for The Nolan Company DB Retirement Plan Administrator

The Nolan Company

Telecommute / Overland Park KS

View job as DB Retirement Plan Administrator
for The Nolan Company

View job as DC Retirement Plan Administrator
for The Nolan Company DC Retirement Plan Administrator

The Nolan Company

Telecommute / Overland Park KS

View job as DC Retirement Plan Administrator
for The Nolan Company

View job as Membership Director
for Retirement Industry Trust Association Membership Director

Retirement Industry Trust Association

Telecommute / Sarasota FL

View job as Specialist I, RPS Recordkeeping
for 1st Source Bank Specialist I, RPS Recordkeeping

1st Source Bank

South Bend IN

View job as Defined Contribution (DC) Plan Consultant
for Independent Actuaries, Inc. Defined Contribution (DC) Plan Consultant

Independent Actuaries, Inc.

Lake Oswego OR

View job as Defined Contribution MEP Account Manager
for Nova 401(k) Associates Defined Contribution MEP Account Manager

Nova 401(k) Associates

Telecommute / Houston TX / Dallas TX / Scottsdale AZ

View job as Temporary Retirement Benefits Analyst 2
for University of California Office of the President Temporary Retirement Benefits Analyst 2

University of California Office of the President

Oakland CA

View job as Actuary (Policy, Research, and Analysis)
for Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation [PBGC] Actuary (Policy, Research, and Analysis)

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation [PBGC]

Telecommute / Washington DC

View job as Client Service Manager
for July Business Services Client Service Manager

July Business Services

Telecommute / Waco TX

Press Releases

PBI's CertiDeath® Saves Over $100 Million in Overpayments to Deceased Pension Participants

PBI Research Services

Broker Dealers and Advisors Risk Prohibited Transactions When Recommending IRA Rollovers

Fiduciary Decisions

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Top Takeaways For Employers and Insurers From IRS COBRA Subsidy Guidance

June 10, 2021 WEBCAST

Groom Law Group

Navigating Difficult FMLA and ADA Issues in the Middle of a Pandemic (Second Session)

June 22, 2021 WEBCAST


The 2021 COBRA Subsidy: Is Your Plan in Compliance?

June 24, 2021 WEBCAST

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

PCORI Filing Due August 2


ACA PCORI Fee Increases to $2.66 for 2020 Calendar Year Plans

ABD Insurance & Financial Services

Which State's Laws Govern the Leaves and Benefits for Telecommuting Workers Who Frequently Change Locations?


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