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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

March 11, 2022

8 New Job Opportunities 8 New Job Opportunities


[Guidance Overview]

Participant Enrollment Deadlines in Light of Extension of National Emergency Status

"The normal deadline under HIPAA to make an enrollment change due to special enrollment is 30 days. However, this COVID relief provided that a participant's deadline would toll until 60 days following the end of the National Emergency."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Alert (High Risk Issue) icon New Illinois State Law Imposes Disclosure Requirements on Group Health Plans

"The CCDA requires employers that sponsor group health plans with employees in Illinois to disclose a comparison of the plan's coverage to certain 'Essential Health Benefits' required by Illinois state law.... The CCDA broadly applies, regardless of the employer's size or its location, to fully insured and self-funded group health plans. Additionally, the Illinois [DOL] has taken the position that the CCDA also applies to ERISA-covered self-funded group health plans."  MORE >>

Miller Johnson

[Guidance Overview]

Getting Local: San Diego Earned Sick Leave

"The City also has its own paid sick leave ordinance. Employers may provide sick leave through an accrual method of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked or a front-loaded method of no less than 40 hours at the beginning of the benefit year. Employers may limit an employer's usage of earned leave to 40 hours per benefit year."  MORE >>

Jackson Lewis

When Might an Employer Question FMLA Certification?

"A certification is considered insufficient when the information on the FMLA form is unclear, vague or nonresponsive ... If the employee submits the certification after the deadline provided or extended by the employer, the employer may deny FMLA protection for the period of the time elapsed between the deadline and the submission of the certification[.]"  MORE >>

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

House Passes Spending Bill That Would Include Telehealth Extension

"Included in the bill is a provision that would temporarily allow expenses for telehealth and other remote care services to continue be paid from a health savings account (HSA) without first meeting the deductible under the high deductible health plan (HDHP). The provision would allow the deductible to be disregarded for the period April 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022."  MORE >>


How Do High-Deductible Health Plans Affect Use of Health Care Services and Spending Among Enrollees with Mental Health Disorders?

"Moving from a PPO to an HDHP reduced the probability of using health care services.... Office visits, prescription drug fills, inpatient days, and emergency department visits all declined.... The reductions in use of health care services prompted declines in overall health care spending.... Moving from a PPO to an HDHP had a mixed impact on use of out-of-network health care services."  MORE >>

Employee Benefit Research Institute [EBRI]

Implications of Hospital Price Transparency on Hospital Prices and Price Variation (PDF)

14 pages. "This issue brief offers perspectives on factors contributing to hospital pricing and price variation, discusses potential stakeholder uses and impacts of emerging transparency data, and offers an actuarial perspective on emerging transparency requirements."  MORE >>

American Academy of Actuaries

Over Half of Americans Have Medical Debt, Even Those with Health Insurance

"69% of respondents who pay for their own health insurance reported medical debt, as did 61% of respondents with policies through their employer and 59% of respondents with no health insurance at all. One reason people with health insurance seem to be more likely to have debt than those without coverage: deductibles."  MORE >>

MSN News


Health Policy Brief: Pandemic-Driven Health Policies to Address Social Needs and Health Equity

"The brief provides guidance for health policy makers considering which pandemic-era interventions to continue and, more broadly, how to address social needs and health equity through health policy. The brief describes both COVID-19-era interventions and similar health policies implemented before the pandemic, outlining relevant strategies and presenting evidence of their impact when available."  MORE >>

Health Affairs

Benefits in General

Benefits: A Boon for Employers

"80 percent of job seekers believe their companies need to reevaluate the benefits they offer. Sixty-seven percent of job seekers surveyed indicated benefits are more important to them now than before the pandemic, and 54 percent would consider taking a lower-paying job with a better benefits package."  MORE >>


Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Retirement Services Analyst
for Jordan & Associates Retirement Services Retirement Services Analyst

Jordan & Associates Retirement Services

Santa Rosa CA

View job as Retirement Services Analyst
for Jordan & Associates Retirement Services

View job as Defined Benefit Plan Consultant
for FuturePlan, by Ascensus Defined Benefit Plan Consultant

FuturePlan, by Ascensus


View job as Defined Benefit Plan Consultant
for FuturePlan, by Ascensus

View job as Enrolled Actuary
for FuturePlan, by Ascensus Enrolled Actuary

FuturePlan, by Ascensus

Remote / Chicago IL

View job as Compliance Analyst
for FuturePlan, by Ascensus Compliance Analyst

FuturePlan, by Ascensus


View job as Defined Contribution Plan Consultant
for FuturePlan, by Ascensus Defined Contribution Plan Consultant

FuturePlan, by Ascensus


View job as Client Relationship Manager
for FuturePlan, by Ascensus Client Relationship Manager

FuturePlan, by Ascensus


View job as Benefits Advisor
for Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA] Benefits Advisor

Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA]

Remote / Washington DC

View job as Retirement Plan Compliance Analyst
for Sunwest Pensions Retirement Plan Compliance Analyst

Sunwest Pensions


Press Releases

IRI Names Two New Members to Board of Directors

Insured Retirement Institute [IRI]

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Deciphering the New Group Health Plan Requirements Under the CAA: Session 1 - CAA Overview

March 23, 2022 WEBCAST

Thompson Hine LLP

Unraveling the Web of Surprise Billing and Transparency Requirements: What Group Health Plan Sponsors Need to Know Now

March 24, 2022 WEBCAST

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

COVID Deadline Extensions Continue

The Wagner Law Group

An Interesting Intersection: No Surprises Act Claims and the New Fee Disclosure Requirements for Group Health Plans

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

New and Amended State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws

Willis Towers Watson

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