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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

February 10, 2022

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[Official Guidance]

Text of Agency FAQs Regarding the Federal Independent Dispute Resolution Process (PDF)

11 pages; 47 Q&As covering [1] Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) entity qualifications and the application process (16 Q&As); [2] Fees (10 Q&As); and [3] The Federal IDR process (21 Q&As).  MORE >>

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS], U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]

[Guidance Overview]

California Governor Signs 2022 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Bill

"[T]here is no direct tax or financial relief to employers for providing 2022 CPSL. Various provisions, however, are different. As a result, employers will not be able to simply restart policies and practices in 2022 they previously had in place to comply with the 2021 CPSL, though it is important to note it may be possible to offset this new CPSL obligation with paid leave already provided in 2022."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

California's New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law Awaits Governor's Signature

"The new SPSL law is different from the previous SPSL law in at least two important ways: [1] The employer may not apply SPSL to exclusion pay required by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health's (Cal/OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS).... [2] An employee's pay stub must show the amount of SPSL that the employee has used. Under the previous SPSL law, the employer was required to show the amount of SPSL the employee had available."  MORE >>

Ogletree Deakins

[Guidance Overview]

Washington Delays Long-Term Care Payroll Tax

"Benefits under the WA Cares Fund will now be available starting July 1, 2026.... [Another new provision] makes the following individuals eligible to voluntarily opt out of the WA Cares Fund and avoid paying the payroll tax: [1] Veterans with a service-connected disability of 70% or higher; [2] Spouses or domestic partners of active duty service members Persons residing outside of Washington while working in Washington; [3] Persons working in the U.S. under a temporary, nonimmigrant work visa."  MORE >>

Willis Towers Watson

[Guidance Overview]

New York to Regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers

"Effective March 31, 2022, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) operating in New York must register with the state Insurance Department. Beginning in 2023, PBMs must obtain licenses and adhere to state regulations."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave: February 2022 Update

"The guidance includes scenarios that address the compliance implications for different claims based on the date filed (e.g., in 2021 or 2022), bonding leave that follows a medical leave for pregnancy or childbirth, and extensions. It also provides different scenarios addressing how private and self-insured plans should calculate new benefit rates at the end of a benefit year."  MORE >>

Ogletree Deakins

[Guidance Overview]

Exceptional Usefulness and Quality icon COBRA for an Incapacitated or Deceased Qualified Beneficiary

"If the employee's death occurs during the 18-month COBRA maximum coverage period caused by a termination of employment or reduction of hours qualifying event, the surviving spouse and dependents who are COBRA qualified beneficiaries experience a second qualifying event.... The IRS has stated that upon the death of an employee participating in the health FSA, the employee's surviving spouse and children experience a COBRA qualifying event to continue coverage under the health FSA in the same manner as the employee could upon termination of employment."  MORE >>


Assessment of Patient Preferences for Telehealth in Post-Pandemic Health Care

"[M]ost respondents were willing to use video visits in the future but, when presented with the choice between an in-person or a video visit for nonemergency care, most preferred in-person care. Willingness to pay for preferred visit modality was higher for those who preferred in-person care, and those who preferred video visits were more sensitive to out-of-pocket cost."  MORE >>

JAMA Health Forum

Should Individuals Have a Choice Over Insurance Generosity?

"A [recent paper states] that optimal insurance levels are set when coverage sets the marginal benefit of risk protection equal to the marginal cost of utilization induced by insurance (i.e., moral hazard). However, the key issue identified by [the authors] is that 'consumers with higher willingness to pay are not necessarily the consumers with a higher efficient coverage level.' "  MORE >>

Healthcare Economist

Evaluating a Self-Service Model for Voluntary Benefits

"[1] Understand the technology AND the industry ... [2] Easy implementation ... [3] Excellent employee communication ... [4] Accommodate all employees ... [5] Flawless data management ... [6] Understand the costs."  MORE >>

HR Daily Advisor

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Retirement Plan Administrator/Consultant
for Heartland Consulting Group, Inc. Retirement Plan Administrator/Consultant

Heartland Consulting Group, Inc.


View job as Retirement Plan Administrator/Consultant
for Heartland Consulting Group, Inc.

View job as Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Attorney
for Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Attorney

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Atlanta GA / Jacksonville FL

View job as Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Attorney
for Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

View job as Plan Consultant
for BPAS Plan Consultant


Remote / Syracuse NY

View job as Plan Consultant
for BPAS

View job as ESOP Administrator
for Blue Ridge ESOP Associates ESOP Administrator

Blue Ridge ESOP Associates


View job as Defined Benefits Administrator
for California Benefit Planners Defined Benefits Administrator

California Benefit Planners

Pasadena CA

View job as Defined Contribution Plan Administrator
for Pension Planning Consultants, Inc. Defined Contribution Plan Administrator

Pension Planning Consultants, Inc.

Remote / Albuquerque NM / AZ

View job as VP Sales Consultant (Retirement industry)
for FuturePlan, by Ascensus VP Sales Consultant (Retirement industry)

FuturePlan, by Ascensus

Remote / Charlotte NC / SC

View job as Employee Benefits/ERISA Attorney
for Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Employee Benefits/ERISA Attorney

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Atlanta GA

View job as Education Consultant
for Alerus Education Consultant



View job as Retirement Contribution Processor
for Alerus Retirement Contribution Processor


Remote / MN / ND

View job as Retirement Program Manager
for Stanford University Retirement Program Manager

Stanford University

Redwood City CA

Press Releases

Micruity Raises $5.1M to Pensionize 401(k) Plans


Webcasts and Conferences
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