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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

April 22, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

No Surprises Act Update: New IDR Guidance

"The most notable difference between the prior and the new guidance is not in what was added, but what was removed -- namely, the discussion of the importance of 'qualifying payment amounts' (QPA). Interestingly, CMS did not remove or revise the guidance document's direction to arbitrators to more heavily weight QPA in deciding payment disputes between payers and out-of-network providers of air ambulance services."  MORE >>

Health Law Advisor, Epstein Becker Green

[Guidance Overview]

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Updates: What Employers Need to Know

"The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has issued a series of updates concerning Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (MAPFML).... In light of the updated guidance, employers should consider their obligations to comply with PFML whether they participate in the state fund or establish a private plan, their process for granting and tracking PFML leave and related benefits, the integration with their Company-provided paid time off benefits ... and how to best inform their employees of their rights under MAPFML."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Oregon's Generous Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program Is Gearing Up

"The Oregon Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (OPFMLI) program is one of the most expansive programs in the country. Even employers with a single employee in the state must participate. Funded through payroll taxes, both employers and employees will contribute, and private plans are an option as well.... Payroll contributions begin Jan. 1, 2023, and benefit payments start Sept. 3, 2023."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Colorado Employers Still on the Hook for Paid COVID-19 Leave

"Under state law, all Colorado employers must provide this leave if there is a federal, state or local declaration of emergency. On April 16, the federal declaration of emergency was extended another 90 days. As a result, the obligation to provide PHE leave in Colorado is still currently in place. What do employers need to know about this extension -- and what should you be doing to comply?"  MORE >>

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

Estimating the Cost of Industry Investment in Drug Research and Development: A Review of Methods and Results

"[The authors] review and synthesize papers estimating drug R&D costs incurred by industry. [They] find a substantial range of per-drug costs, from $113 million to just over $6 billion in 2018 dollars. This range includes estimates covering all new drugs, new molecular entities, and drugs in specific therapeutic classes. The range is narrower -- $318 million to $2.8 billion -- for estimates of the per-drug cost for new molecular entities."  MORE >>

RAND Corporation

Employee Benefits Jobs

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          for Hessel & Associates, LLC Retirement Plan Administrator

Hessel & Associates, LLC

Remote / IL

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          for Hessel & Associates, LLC

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          for Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. Compliance Consultant

Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.


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          for Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

View job as Retirement Plan Recordkeeper - 401k
          for The Trust Company of Tennessee Retirement Plan Recordkeeper - 401k

The Trust Company of Tennessee

Remote / Knoxville TN

View job as Retirement Plan Recordkeeper - 401k
          for The Trust Company of Tennessee

Press Releases

TRI-AD Partners with GoodCell for FSA- and HSA-eligible Genomic Testing and Biobanking


PBI Research Services Announces Expanded Capabilities for CertiCensus® – The First Single-Source Pension Plan Population Management Solution

PBI Research Services

Buck's Chief Actuary Tonya Manning appointed to U.S. Department of Labor ERISA Advisory Council


Secretary Walsh to Visit New York to Kick-Off Series of Stakeholder Roundtables on Retirement Security Policy Reform

U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Benefits Compliance Differences Between Fully Insured and Self Insured Plans


NFP Corp.

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Health Plan Price Transparency: Public Disclosure of Provider Reimbursement Rates Due by July 1, 2022

Foley & Lardner LLP

July 1 Deadline for Health Plan Website Disclosures


Cybersecurity Risks for Employee Benefit Plans


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