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September 6, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

CRS 'In Focus': Selected Health Provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act

"The Act makes wide-reaching changes to Medicare prescription drug coverage and more targeted changes to Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Coverage Program (CHIP), and private health insurance."  MORE >>

Congressional Research Service [CRS]

[Guidance Overview]

CRS Legal Sidebar: Proposed HHS Rule Addressing Section 1557 of the ACA's Incorporation of Title IX

"While the 2022 NPRM proposes various changes, this Legal Sidebar discusses HHS's position on several legal issues that arose in this earlier litigation and that are addressed in the 2022 NPRM, over how to interpret the precise scope and meaning of Section 1557's incorporation of another statute -- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX, among other things, prohibits discrimination 'on the basis of sex' in federally funded education programs or activities." [LSB10813 Sep. 2, 2022]  MORE >>

Congressional Research Service [CRS]

Ninth Circuit Accidental Death Ruling Raises Critical ERISA Issue: Raising Defenses at Trial

"In addition to concluding the decedent's death was due to an accident despite the insured's reckless behavior, the court discussed a bedrock [ERISA] principle that precludes benefit plans from raising new issues for the first time in litigation. The absence of a policy exclusion was also critical to the outcome of the case." [Wolf v. Life Ins. Co. of North America, No. 21-35485 (9th Cir. Aug. 25, 2022)]  MORE >>

DeBofsky Sherman Casciari Reynolds P.C.

How Employers Can Make Open Enrollment More Successful This Year

"There's still time to prepare your HR team and employees before this year's enrollment window opens -- and by tapping into these tips, you can achieve the strategic trifecta of OE success: communication, education, and engagement."  MORE >>

Benefitfocus

Your Health Care Dollar: Vast Majority of Premium Pays for Prescription Drugs and Medical Care

"Prescription drug expenses were 22.2 cents, including calculations for rebates negotiated by health insurance providers and their pharmacy benefit manager partners. Costs for care provided by hospitals included in-patient hospital costs at 19 cents, out-patient hospital costs at 19.9 cents, and emergency costs at 3.3 cents. Doctor visits accounted for 11.8 cents. Taxes and fees represented 3.8 cents."  MORE >>

America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]

Benefits in General

[Guidance Overview]

DOL Updates Guidance on Employee Benefit Plan Auditor Independence

"Subject to certain limitations, the DOL is revising its independence guidelines to provide an exception for new audit engagements from the condition on holding disqualifying financial interests during the period covered by the financial statements being audited."  MORE >>

American Retirement Association [ARA]

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Distribution \ Loan Clerk
          for Retirement, LLC Distribution \ Loan Clerk

Retirement, LLC

Remote / Oklahoma City OK

View job as Distribution \ Loan Clerk
          for Retirement, LLC

View job as Senior Defined Contribution Account Manager
          for Nova 401(k) Associates Senior Defined Contribution Account Manager

Nova 401(k) Associates

Remote / Houston TX / Scottsdale AZ

View job as Senior Defined Contribution Account Manager
          for Nova 401(k) Associates

View job as Senior Plan Document & Compliance Specialist
          for PCS Retirement, LLC Senior Plan Document & Compliance Specialist

PCS Retirement, LLC

Remote / Lafayette Hill PA

View job as Senior Plan Document & Compliance Specialist
          for PCS Retirement, LLC

View job as Business Initiative for Climate Friendly Finance: Retirement Savings Lead
          for Impact Experience Business Initiative for Climate Friendly Finance: Retirement Savings Lead

Impact Experience

Remote / Oakland CA

View job as Business Initiative for Climate Friendly Finance: Retirement Savings Lead
          for Impact Experience

View job as Organizational Development Specialist
          for The Retirement Advantage Organizational Development Specialist

The Retirement Advantage

Remote

View job as Organizational Development Specialist
          for The Retirement Advantage

View job as Senior Retirement Analyst
          for Dunbar, Bender & Zapf, Inc. Senior Retirement Analyst

Dunbar, Bender & Zapf, Inc.

Remote / Pittsburgh PA

View job as Senior Retirement Analyst
          for Dunbar, Bender & Zapf, Inc.

View job as Retirement Plan Administrator
          for Retirement Solutions Specialists, LLC Retirement Plan Administrator

Retirement Solutions Specialists, LLC

Remote / Jacksonville FL

View job as Retirement Plan Administrator
          for Retirement Solutions Specialists, LLC

Press Releases

DOL Sues Former Hospital CEO Who Failed to Forward Plan Contributions, Caused Cancellation of Employees' Health Insurance

Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA], U.S. Department of Labor

Alera Group Retirement Plan Services Names Christian Mango National Practice Leader

Alera Group

Benefits Science Technologies Launches Network Price Transparency Software

Benefits Science Technologies

CVS Health to Acquire Signify Health

CVS Health

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health: Proactive Considerations for Employers (PDF)

Ice Miller LLP, via Employee Benefit Plan Review

Text of EBSA Interpretive Bulletin 2509.2022-01: Independence of Employee Benefit Plan Accountants

Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA], U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]

A Demographic Analysis of Unpaid Medical Bills

Employee Benefit Research Institute [EBRI]

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