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June 2, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

Interaction Between FMLA and Mental Health Conditions

"[DOL Fact Sheet #280, 'Mental Health Conditions and the FMLA,'] states that some mental health conditions may satisfy both the definition of 'serious health condition' and the definition of 'disability,' even though the statutory tests are different."  MORE >>

The Wagner Law Group

Leveraging ICHRA for Employer Groups

"Due to the robust number of participating carriers and networks, the individual marketplace has become a viable solution for employer health plans, especially when coupled with an [individual coverage health reimbursement arrangement (ICHRA)]. While they can bring light to new complexities regarding affordability requirements for employers and increased employee responsibility to understand their plan options and make good choices about their benefits, ICHRAs can also provide greater freedom of choice for employees, greater cost control for employers, and a unique opportunity for customization of benefits through classing options."  MORE >>

Milliman

PBM Practices Are Keeping Consumers from Generics Savings

"Generic prescriptions aren't saving U.S. consumers much money, largely due to the practices of pharmacy benefit managers and industry middlemen between drug manufacturers and health plans ... Consumers are overpaying for generic drug prescriptions by as much as 20% ... PBM strategies increasing the cost of generics may also be contributing to quality issues and care fragmentation, according to researchers."  MORE >>

HealthcareDIVE

Employers Are Reevaluating Health Benefits Amid Tight Labor Market

"Facing worker recruitment and retention challenges in a tight labor market, almost two-thirds of U.S. organizations (64%) plan to boost efforts to address employee healthcare affordability over the next two years ... Almost all employers (95%) in the survey said they expect to offer virtual care to meet demand for medical and behavioral health services, and 87% of respondents said improving mental health benefits is a top priority."  MORE >>

Voya

Accident and the Presumption Against Suicide Under ERISA (PDF)

12 pages. "[In] most cases, a court will find that, even where the presumption against suicide in claims for benefits under accidental death or accidental death and disability policies is the correct standard, there was sufficient evidence in the record to rebut the presumption."  MORE >>

The Wagner Law Group, via Benefits Law Journal

[Opinion]

Ensuring a High-Quality and Resilient Supply Chain of Essential Medications Means Paying More

"Several medications that patients need have been in short supply before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, including low-priced, off-patent generic drugs. The White House recently released a report highlighting medication supply as an important issue requiring intervention. [The authors] argue the report's proposed solutions do not go far enough to address a major problem related to drug shortages, as some prices are too low. [They] propose additional policies aimed at increasing prices to improve the supply of generic medications."  MORE >>

Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy [JMCP]

Benefits in General

District Court Dismisses Section 510 Benefits Interference Claim Made by Law Firm Associate

"A federal district court rejected a law firm associate's claim for interference with benefits under Section 510 of [ERISA]. According to the court, the associate did not provide sufficient evidence that his firm's stated reasons for terminating the associate's employment were pretextual." [Joffe v. King & Spalding LLP, No. 17-3392 (S.D.N.Y. May 26, 2022)]  MORE >>

Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Employee Benefits Jobs

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Press Releases

Millennium Trust Company Completes Acquisition of PayFlex®

Millennium Trust Company, LLC

Flume Health Names Healthcare Leader Richard Fu as Chief Growth Officer

Flume Health

401GO Offers Insights as Deadline to Comply with California Retirement Savings Law 'CalSavers' Looms

401GO

Chambers USA 2022 Recognizes Groom as Top Firm for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation

Groom Law Group

UAS Actuarial and Consulting Services to Go PII/PHI Free

United Actuarial Services, Inc.

Vontobel Expands Retirement Plan Offerings With Quality Growth Collective Investment Trusts

Vontobel

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Broker and Consultant Fee Transparency to Group Health Plans

Fraser Trebilcock

Machine-Readable Transparency in Coverage File Requirement Is Looming

EPIC

Selected State Health Developments, First Quarter 2022 (PDF)

Mercer

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