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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

June 24, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon PCORI Fee Due by August 1

"The fee for plan years ending in 2021 is due by August 1, 2022.... While all plan sponsors of self-insured group health plans will pay the PCORI fee in 2022, the amount upon which the fee is based depends on when the plan year ends[.]"  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon Transparency in Coverage Requirements: Compliance Deadline Approaching

"To ensure compliance, plan sponsors should confirm in writing that the insurers and/or third parties obtain and post the information. Plan sponsors should confirm that any links provided by the insurer or TPA include the appropriate MRFs and that the content and accessibility requirements of the regulations are satisfied. Plan sponsors should determine if the MRF needs to be posted on the plan website for self-funded plans or the third-party administrator or both."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

West Hollywood, California Enacts Paid Time Off Mandate

"Effective January 1, 2022 for 'hotel employers' and July 1, 2022 for other employers, this mandate includes compensated time off and uncompensated time off components. Various aspects of the city's leave mandate make it an outlier as compared to the California State Paid Sick Leave ('PSL') Law and other municipal paid sick leave ordinances in California."  MORE >>

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

[Guidance Overview]

District of Columbia Reduces Employer PFL Contributions While Expanding Benefits

"During the March 1 evaluation the OCFO determined that there is surplus in the Universal Paid Leave Fund, which allows for expansion of the leave benefits and a reduction in the employer contribution from .62% to .26%. The reduction in employer contributions will be effective July 1, 2022. The expansion of benefits will be effective July 1 or October 1, 2022."  MORE >>


Text of Supreme Court Opinion: Federal Constitution Does Not Prohibit Each State from Regulating or Prohibiting Abortion (PDF)

213 pages. "We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely -- the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.... It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives." [Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Org., No. 19-1392 (S. Ct. Jun. 24, 2022)]  MORE >>

Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court Upholds Health Plan's Limitations on Dialysis Coverage

"This ruling signifies a win for group health plans. Unless Congress amends the MSPA, courts considering similar disputes will first look to whether a health plan provision offers different coverage to individuals who have ESRD compared to those who do not. If the provision provides the same coverage regardless of an ESRD diagnosis, the differentiation inquiry should end there." [American Hospital Association v. Becerra, No. 20-1114 (S. Ct. Jun. 15, 2022)]  MORE >>


Benefits in General

DOL and Recordkeeper Square Off in Confidentiality Disputes

"The DOL's cybersecurity investigation into Alight Solutions, LLC, a retirement plan recordkeeper, has queued up court rulings on the reach of the DOL's subpoena power that may have important implications for ERISA plan sponsors and their respective recordkeepers and service providers moving forward." [Walsh v. Alight Solutions, LLC, No. 20-2138 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 28, 2021; on appeal to 7th Cir.)]  MORE >>

Jackson Lewis P.C.

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Selected New Discussions

Exclusion of Abortion Services -- Causes Qualified Event?

"If an insurer decides to comply with applicable law so that, for example, the insurer decides to no longer provide abortion services, do you think that such a reduction in services would constitute a change in status so that a participant could make a change in election to another plan that provides such services?"

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414(m) Management Group as a Single Employer Plan -- or Is It a MEWA?

"Client maintains two companies. One is a professional service corporation (the 'PC'); the other provides management, back office and other services to the PC (the 'MC') (with no other clients). MC and PC want to combine their employees for purposes of medical plan coverage. Is it a MEWA? Does the answer depend on whether they qualify as a management group under Code section 414(m)?"

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Press Releases

Ubiquity Retirement + Savings Partners with Paycor as a Preferred Provider of Retirement Solutions for Small Businesses and Startups

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Last Issue's Most Popular Items

HHS Chart Summarizes Applicability of State and Other Surprise Billing IDR Processes

Thomson Reuters / EBIA

An Update on Remote Work Reimbursement Rules in California

CDF Labor Law LLP

The IRS Cannot 'Fix' the 'Family Glitch'

Doug Badger, in Health Affairs

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