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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

January 26, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon Upcoming Deadlines for ACA Reporting and Similar State Reporting

"With respect to health coverage in 2021, the ACA deadlines range from February 28 to March 31, 2022, and the state deadlines range from January 31 to April 31, 2022. All of the reporting discussed in this alert relates to health coverage in 2021."  MORE >>

Venable LLP

[Guidance Overview]

OSHA Withdraws Vaccine or Testing ETS; Intends to Pursue Permanent Standard

"Any future permanent standard faces an uphill struggle, however. While lower courts focused much of their attention on whether the rule was permissible as an emergency standard, the Supreme Court's opinion cast doubt on whether OSHA had the authority to issue its shot-or-test mandate at all, suggesting Congress had not clearly delegated such power to the agency, regardless of whether the standard was of a permanent or emergency nature."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

OSHA Withdraws Vaccine-or-Test Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19

"Employers that choose to maintain workplace vaccination policies must still follow other applicable laws (such as Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act) and be cognizant of state and local requirements[.]"  MORE >>

Jackson Lewis P.C.

[Guidance Overview]

OSHA Withdrawing Large Employer Vaccination ETS; Will Continue to Treat the ETS as a Proposed Rulemaking

"The comment period on the interim final rule and request for comments, which had been extended, closed on January 19.... The agency could re-open the comment period. But given the pressure to move expeditiously during the ongoing pandemic, it may opt to craft a modified interim final rule that, incorporating comments and concerns expressed by the Supreme Court, narrows the rule's reach and makes its requirements more nuanced for particular workplaces and industries."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Federal OSHA Withdraws Its Vaccine-or-Test ETS: What's Next?

"[S]hould OSHA maintain the ETS as its proposal rather than issue a revised proposal and/or reopen the comment period, any permanent standard has to be a 'logical outgrowth' of the ETS.... A permanent standard may resemble a watered-down version of the ETS. Alternatively, OSHA might consider re-opening the comment period or issuing an updated proposal before issuing a permanent standard."  MORE >>



AHIP Files Amicus Brief in Support of HHS Surprise Billing Rules

"AHIP argues in support of HHS' legal arguments for its rules for implementing the No Surprises Act in relation to air ambulance transport, and that HHS' cross-motion for summary judgment should be granted.... [1] Air ambulance market dysfunction creates perverse incentive to not join networks.... [2] Qualifying payment amount (QPA) rule sensibly addresses market dynamics.... [3] Private equity impacts the air ambulance market, too."  MORE >>

America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Senior Business Procedures Consultant
for MetLife Senior Business Procedures Consultant


Remote / New York NY

View job as Relationship Manager, Retirement Plan Services
for Avantax Planning Partners Relationship Manager, Retirement Plan Services

Avantax Planning Partners

Dubuque IA / Coppell TX

View job as Enrollment Specialist, Retirement Plan Services
for Avantax Planning Partners Enrollment Specialist, Retirement Plan Services

Avantax Planning Partners

Dubuque IA / Coppell TX

View job as Defined Contribution (DC) Plan Administrator
for CMC Interactive, LLC Defined Contribution (DC) Plan Administrator

CMC Interactive, LLC

Remote / New York NY

View job as Sales Support Specialist
for Alerus Sales Support Specialist



View job as Customer Operations L&D Manager - Retirement Services 401(k)
for Guideline, Inc. Customer Operations L&D Manager - Retirement Services 401(k)

Guideline, Inc.

Remote / CA / CO / FL / GA / MA / ME / MI / NC / OH / OR / PA / TX / WA

View job as Pension Actuarial Analyst
for RAE Consulting Pension Actuarial Analyst

RAE Consulting

Horsham PA

View job as Director of Communications, Outreach & Legislative Affairs
for Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation [PBGC] Director of Communications, Outreach & Legislative Affairs

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation [PBGC]

Remote / Washington DC

View job as Analyst, Retirement Compliance
for TriNet Analyst, Retirement Compliance



Selected New Discussions

COVID Test Reimbursement -- Receipts and Package Bar Code Required?

"A 'friend' was traveling with her family last week, after the effective date of reimbursements for home covid tests, and found her family in need of purchasing multiple COVID tests. In the process of taking these tests, the test materials and packaging themselves were discarded. Upon arriving home, this 'friend' contacted her insurance who has informed her that they will need both receipts and the UPC symbols in order to get reimbursement. Is this excessive and even allowed?"

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Press Releases

Definiti Strengthens Presence in Great Lakes Region with Two Acquisitions

Definiti LLC

National Professional Planning Group (NPPG) Announces Launch of New Pooled Employer Plan


Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Ever-Impending Reform: A Look at Potential Part D Redesign

February 9, 2022 WEBCAST

Conference of Consulting Actuaries

HSA University

February 24, 2022 WEBCAST


Last Issue's Most Popular Items

OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS

Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OHSA], U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]

2022 MHPAEA Report to Congress (PDF)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]; U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]; and U.S. Treasury Department

DOL Guidance on New Compensation Disclosure Requirements for Service Providers to Group Health Plans


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