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August 8, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

HHS Proposes Rule Strengthening Section 1557 Protections Against Nondiscrimination in Health Activities

"The Proposed Rule aims to realign the scope of Section 1557 -- which has been subject to several regulatory changes, interpretations and litigation throughout several presidential administrations -- with the underlying statutory and regulatory intent, after the 2020 Final Rule regarding Section 1557 was limited in its reach following challenges to the regulation in litigation."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

HHS Proposes Regs Expanding ACA Non-Discrimination Testing

"The new proposed regulations affirm the Biden administration's executive order protections against discrimination on the basis of sex -- including sexual orientation and gender identity."  MORE >>

Willis Towers Watson

[Guidance Overview]

Navigating Mental Health Parity Requirements for Travel Benefits

"Many employers are considering implementing travel reimbursement options to assist employees who wish to seek abortions that might be restricted by the law in their home states.... In this post, [the authors] take a deeper dive into the MHPAEA requirements, its limited exceptions, how employers might be able to comply with those rules when making a travel benefit available, and provide a brief overview of how employers might prepare for an MHPAEA audit."  MORE >>

Dickinson Wright

2023 IRS Play or Pay Affordability Percentage Released

"This is the most substantial decrease in this percentage since these rules were implemented. It is the lowest that this percentage has ever been set -- at 0.38% below the statutory affordability percentage of 9.5%.... [M]any employers may have to lower their employee contributions to meet the adjusted percentage."  MORE >>

Burnham Benefits

Latest ACA FAQs Reiterate: No Double Dipping for OTC Contraceptives

"In [FAQs Part 54], the Agencies repeat that health Flexible Spending Accounts (health FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) may reimburse expenses incurred for OTC contraception without a prescription to the extent that the cost is not paid or reimbursed by another plan or coverage."  MORE >>


Best Practices: What to Expect from Your PBM Account Team

"[T]here are many different ethoses and philosophies in running a successful account management program. This paper ... discusses how PBM account teams can create relationship longevity -- including insight into the plan sponsor/PBM trust dynamic and PBM account team best practices that deliver high financial value and operational excellence, which will equate to a strong relationship over time."  MORE >>


Employee Benefits Jobs

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Press Releases

PBGC's Karen Morris Named General Counsel

PBGC [Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation]

401k Best Practices Publishes a Free Training Series for 401k Advisors

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Names Vice President of National Employee Benefits Administration and Blue Venture Fund

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

President Biden Issues Second Executive Order Responding to Dobbs Decision

Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Affordability Percentage for Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Will Shrink in 2023


How Does the FMLA Apply to a Remote Workforce?

McDermott Will & Emery

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