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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

August 10, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon Colorado Provides Updated Guidance for Paid Sick and Safe Leave

"On both June 24 and Aug. 2, 2022, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's Division of Labor Standards and Statistics issued yet additional revised and updated guidance as to the HFWA.... By Jan. 1, 2023, all covered employers are required to register with the FAMLI Division. Virtually all employers with employees in Colorado are covered."  MORE >>

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

District Court: Religious Employer Violated Title VII by Revoking Health Coverage for Employee's Same-Sex Spouse

"[A] dependent audit performed by the plan's administrator flagged the same sex spouse's coverage.... Consistent with the employer's religious belief ... the HR executive informed the employee that ... [t]he spouse's coverage would be terminated at the end of the month ... [T]he employer argued that it was exempt from Title VII based on its status as a religious organization.... Rejecting this interpretation, the district court concluded that ... religious organizations are not exempt from Title VII's prohibition against discrimination based on characteristics other than religion. " [Doe v. Catholic Relief Services, No. 20-1815 (D. Md. Aug. 3, 2022)]  MORE >>

Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Reconciliation Bill Drug Pricing Provisions Could Lead to Rising Drug Costs for Employers

"[T]he Inflation Reduction Act's key prescription drug provisions are limited to Medicare, likely resulting in price increases for employers and their employees as manufacturers find ways to recoup losses in the commercial market from reduced Medicare sales.... However, many employers will likely attempt to limit drug price increases by renegotiating prescription drug contracts using the Medicare rates."  MORE >>

HR Policy Association

HHS Suspends Georgia Health Insurance Market Waiver

"Georgians would have enrolled in insurance plans through private insurance brokers rather than the federal health insurance marketplace. The plan ... initially gained federal approval under then-President Donald Trump in November 2020. [A]fter the Biden administration took office, [HHS] asked Georgia to submit a revised plan for the waiver ... Georgia challenged the HHS findings and did not submit the requested changes to the plan.... Now, HHS has suspended Georgia's waiver plan."  MORE >>

Employee Benefits Jobs

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Slavic Integrated Administration, Inc.

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Selected New Discussions

Can a Non-Citizen Contribute to an HSA?

"Can a non-citizen/non-green card holder living and working in the US (for example, on a visa) contribute to an HSA if he or she has qualifying HDHP coverage in connection with his or her US employment and no disqualifying coverage? The Code and related IRS guidance state that eligible 'individuals' can contribute without any caveat that they be citizens but I have come across some sort-of-authoritative sources that say the opposite."

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Press Releases

EPIC Welcomes Kerry Connor as National Voluntary Benefits Practice Leader


OneAmerica, ProNvest Debut Advisor Portal Feature to Boost Accounts


Employee Benefits Lawyer Finn Pressly Joins Ballard Spahr

Ballard Spahr LLP

Executive Compensation, ERISA Attorney Joins Troutman Pepper as Partner in New York

Troutman Pepper

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Now What? Evaluating the Risks and Options for Group Health Plan Sponsors After Dobbs


Spencer Fane

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: Evolving Considerations for Employers

September 21, 2022 WEBCAST

Jackson Lewis LLP

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Managing State Law Risks of Employer-Sponsored Abortion-Related Travel Benefits After Dobbs


CRS Report: Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Congressional Research Service [CRS]

Will the Inflation Reduction Act Cause Increased Drug Prices for Employer-Sponsored Plans?

Bloomberg Law

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