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July 14, 2022

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Exceptional Usefulness and Quality icon Post-Dobbs Abortion-Related Travel Benefits: Surveying Employers' Options

"This post examines other approaches available to employers seeking to make these benefits available. These include health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), health flexible spending accounts (health FSAs), excepted benefit employee assistance plans (excepted benefit EAPs), and health savings accounts (HSAs)."  MORE >>



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District Court Denies Remedies for Mental Health Parity Violation

"Based on its finding that residential treatment was not medically necessary even without the application of the additional criteria, the court denied the requests for surcharge, disgorgement, and restitution because no harm or loss had been proven." [M.S. v. Premera Blue Cross, No. 19-0199 (D. Utah Jun. 21, 2022)]  MORE >>

Thomson Reuters / EBIA

New Layers of Complexity for Employers Responding to Leave Requests.: Multi-Jurisdictional Paid Sick Leave Compliance

"State and local leave laws create a host of compliance issues for employers. Employers may want to review their current policies taking into account their industry and the state, or sometimes even the specific ZIP code in which they operate. They may also want to consider the evolving definitions of what is a qualified event, particularly in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis."  MORE >>

Ogletree Deakins

North Carolina State Health Plan Appeals Judge's Order Requiring Gender Transition Coverage

"The plan insures more than 750,000 teachers, state employees, the governor, current and former legislators, state university and community college personnel and their dependents, and non-Medicare retirees and their dependents. It is the largest buyer of medical and pharmaceutical services in North Carolina.... [State Treasurer Dale Folwell] and the health plan board claim Biggs' order 'deprived the Plan of the benefit of a jury trial, where experts could transparently debate whether sex transition operations are or are not medically necessary.' " [Kadel v. Folwell, No. 19-0272 (M.D.N.C. Jun. 10, 2022; on appeal to 4th Cir. No. 22-1730)]   MORE >>

Manchin Reluctant to Add ACA Subsidy Extension to Spending Deal

"Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, said he is apprehensive about adding ACA enhanced subsidies to a narrow spending package that is expected to include a deal on prescription drug pricing reforms. The remarks ... come as the enhanced subsidies -- which helped spark record-level enrollment -- are going to expire after this year unless Congress acts."  MORE >>


Benefits in General

Alert (High Risk Issue) icon District Court Finds Plan-Imposed Limitations Period Unenforceable When Not Disclosed in Benefit Denial Notice

"The court reasoned that the deadlines were inapplicable to the cases at issue because the entity's final denial letters to the participants did not contain notice of the deadlines.... Since the court determined that the plan-imposed filing deadlines did not apply in these cases, the court looked to the most closely related statute of limitations under state law, which was six years." [E.F. v. United Healthcare Ins. Co., No. 21-190 (D. Utah Mar. 30, 2022); Anne A. v. United Healthcare Ins. Co., No. 20-814 (D. Utah Mar. 30, 2022)]  MORE >>

Hall Benefits Law

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Retirement Plan Consultant
          for Great Lakes Pension Associates, Inc. Retirement Plan Consultant

Great Lakes Pension Associates, Inc.


View job as Retirement Plan Consultant
          for Great Lakes Pension Associates, Inc.

View job as Division Legal Director
          for CT Office of the State Comptroller Division Legal Director

CT Office of the State Comptroller

Hartford CT

View job as Retirement Plan Administrator - Part-Time or Full-Time
          for Compass Retirement Consulting Group, Inc. Retirement Plan Administrator - Part-Time or Full-Time

Compass Retirement Consulting Group, Inc.

Remote / Stratham NH

View job as Retirement Plan Administrator - Part-Time or Full-Time
          for Compass Retirement Consulting Group, Inc.

Press Releases

PBGC Rated Number One in 'Best Places to Work' Among Small Federal Agencies

PBGC [Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation]

Bruce Ashton, Nationally Acclaimed ERISA Attorney, Joins Alta Trust Company

Alta Trust Company

Ascensus Announces FuturePlan Leadership Change


Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Leave Abuse under FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Comp: How Employers Can Deal with the Most Outrageous Excuses

July 26, 2022 WEBCAST

Webinar Worlds

Stretch Your Mind: A Healthy Discussion on Flexible Spending Accounts

July 26, 2022 WEBCAST

EBRI [Employee Benefit Research Institute]

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

HHS Issues Guidance on Post-Dobbs PHI Protections Under HIPAA Privacy Rule

Ogletree Deakins

Text of Draft 2022 IRS Form 1095-C: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage (PDF)

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

Health Plan's Blanket Exclusion for Wilderness Therapy Violated MHPAEA

Thomson Reuters Practical Law

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