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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

March 7, 2023

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[Guidance Overview]

An Overview of State Reporting Requirements for the 2022 Reporting Season

"On January 1, 2019 the [ACA's] individual mandate was removed at the federal level. As a result, a number of States (California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C.) adopted individual mandates. The States that have implemented an individual mandate have frequently implemented additional reporting requirements."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

California Now Requires Bereavement Leave

"California's new bereavement leave law, which became effective beginning January 1, 2023, requires most employers to allow their employees to take up to five days of leave upon the death of certain family members.... The new law makes California one of the few states requiring employers to provide bereavement leave."  MORE >>

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[Guidance Overview]

Philadelphia Issues Rules on COVID Paid Sick Leave, and Revises 'During COVID' Rules for Paid Sick Leave

"On February 28, 2023, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Department of Labor published regulations concerning three distinct types of job-protected paid leave employers must provide under the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance (PHFWO). This is the third iteration of what PDOL labels its 'supplemental regulation' of the PHFWO."  MORE >>


Providers Continue to Pursue Additional Challenges to Government Rulemaking Under No Surprises Act

"[The Texas Medical Association (TMA) is now] challenging the methodology in the Departments' July 2021 interim final rule that insurers should use to calculate the QPA, which the TMA claims deflates the QPA and favors insurers who seek to pay lower rates.... [T]he TMA, joined by a professional medical society of radiologists and a radiology group practice, has [also] challenged ... specific provisions of the September Rule and the December fee guidance." [Texas Medical Assoc. v. HHS, No. 22-0450 (E.D. Tex. complaint filed Nov. 30, 2022); Texas Medical Assoc. v. HHS, No. 22-0059 (E.D. Tex. complaint filed Jan. 30, 2023)]  MORE >>

ArentFox Schiff LLP

Employer Priorities for Health Benefits Include Employee Engagement, Communications and Managing Costs

"Top employer health benefit priorities for 2023 include a focus on engagement in programs and use of benefits (96%), health benefit communications (94%), financial wellbeing (93%), wellness and wellbeing (93%), chronic condition management (91%), preventive services (91%) and specialty drug management (91%)."  MORE >>

Midwest Business Group on Health

Benefits in General

DOL Appoints New Members to ERISA Advisory Council

"The appointees and their areas of expertise are as follows: [1] Accounting: Gwen Mazzola is a partner and the ERISA Practice Leader of HoganTaylor LLP.... [2] Employee Organizations: Mayoung Nham is a principal with the law firm of Slevin & Hart PC.... [3] Employers: John M. Towarnicky has ... [held] leadership positions at four Fortune 500 employers and at the Plan Sponsor Council of America.... [4] General Public: Mark D. DeBofsky is the principal member of DeBofsky Law Ltd.... [5] Insurance: Alice Palmer is vice president and chief counsel for Retirement Plan Service for the Lincoln Financial Group."  MORE >>

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

Modernizing Benefit Practices to Enhance the Employee Experience

"Benefits need to meet individuals where they are by allowing enough flexibility to appeal to employees -- of any generation -- at all life stages.... Employees have become more vocal about needing more flexibility, including time away from work.... A retirement study can help determine if plan contribution matching practices and vesting schedule parameters are market competitive.... Precision medicine, which considers a person's genetics, environment and lifestyle, also brightens the horizon for cost control and population health."  MORE >>


Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Retirement Plan Analyst – Defined Contribution Plans
            for M2B Retirement Consulting, LLC

Retirement Plan Analyst – Defined Contribution Plans

M2B Retirement Consulting, LLC

Remote / Wexford PA

View job as Retirement Plan Analyst – Defined Contribution Plans for M2B Retirement Consulting, LLC

View job as Benefits Analyst II
            for B. Braun Medical

Benefits Analyst II

B. Braun Medical

Bethlehem PA / Hybrid

Press Releases

Biosimilars Key to Lowering Drug Prices; National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Releases Playbook to Help Employers Adopt

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Illinois About to Join the Paid Leave Patchwork with New 'Any Reason' Paid Leave Law


Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Agencies Provide Guidance on 'No Gag Clause' Rule for Group Health Plans and New Reporting Requirements

Kutak Rock LLP

Final IRS Regs Will Impact ACA Filings for Small Employers


Courts Should Follow Eighth Circuit on ERISA Procedure Rules

DeBofsky Law

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