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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

March 8, 2023

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[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon Submission Deadline for Group Health Plan Gag Clause Attestation

"The CAA requires plans to annually submit an attestation of compliance ... The deadline to submit the first attestation is December 31, 2023, and subsequent attestations will be due by December 31 annually thereafter."  MORE >>

Haynes and Boone, LLP

[Guidance Overview]

Tolling No More: Preparing for the End of COVID-19 Emergency Declarations

"[T]he Outbreak Period [should] end on July 10, 2023 (60 days after the planned end to the NE).... [P]lan sponsors should consider sending a communication to inform participants about deadline changes ... [and] review plan-related documents and participant communications to ensure they reflect accurate deadlines.... The end of the PHE may permit group health plans and insurers to shift some of these costs to participants.... [Plan sponsors should] ensure proper participant notices and communications are timely distributed and no issues arise under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act."  MORE >>

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

[Guidance Overview]

Is an Employer Required to Provide FMLA Leave Indefinitely to an Employee Who Cannot Work Overtime?

"Can an employee use a 'NO OVERTIME' doctor's note to take FMLA leave whenever he's assigned overtime? Or can we rely on the ADA, which tells us that we do not need to dispatch an essential function of the job? According to a [recent DOL opinion letter], the employee's 'no overtime' diagnosis is FMLA-protected, and the employee with a chronic serious health condition can use FMLA leave to reduce work hours indefinitely."  MORE >>

FMLA Insights

Spousal Carve-Outs and Surcharges (PDF)

"Employers looking to lower their health plan costs have considered ... spousal surcharges and carve-outs, which either impose an additional or increased employee contribution or restrict eligibility for spouses with access to a health plan through their employer. A more aggressive approach excludes spouses from enrolling in the plan altogether."  MORE >>

VCG Consultants

Americans Likely to Skip Preventive Care If Not Covered by ACA

"At least 2 in 5 U.S. adults said they would not pay out of pocket for 11 of 12 preventive services currently covered by the [ACA].... Nearly 1 in 4 respondents said preventive care is the most important service that insurance plans should cover under the ACA. Half of Americans said they have skipped or delayed medical care because of cost."  MORE >>

Morning Consult

Benefits in General

[Guidance Overview]

IRS Provides an 'Electric Shock' by Lowering Mandatory Electronic Filing Threshold

"Many plan sponsors, employers, and other filers not currently subject to mandatory electronic filing will be ensnared by the new regulations and be required to file returns electronically. The new aggregation rules, coupled with the dramatically lower 10-return threshold, will make it difficult for most filers to avoid mandatory electronic filing of many returns."  MORE >>

Groom Law Group

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Defined Benefit/Defined Contribution Administrator
            for Heritage Pension Advisors, Inc.

Defined Benefit/Defined Contribution Administrator

Heritage Pension Advisors, Inc.

Commack NY / Hybrid

View job as Defined Benefit/Defined Contribution Administrator for Heritage Pension Advisors, Inc.

View job as Corporate Paralegal
            for Vestwell

Corporate Paralegal


Remote / New York NY

View job as Corporate Paralegal for Vestwell

View job as Sales Consultant - Retirement Plans
            for CBIZ - Retirement & Investment

Sales Consultant - Retirement Plans

CBIZ - Retirement & Investment

CA / CO / MO / TN / Hybrid

View job as Sales Consultant - Retirement Plans for CBIZ - Retirement & Investment

View job as Sr. DB Plan Administrator
            for Nyhart, part of FuturePlan by Ascensus

Sr. DB Plan Administrator

Nyhart, part of FuturePlan by Ascensus


View job as Sr. DB Plan Administrator for Nyhart, part of FuturePlan by Ascensus

Press Releases

HBL Adds Renowned Los Angeles ERISA Attorney to Of Counsel Ranks

Hall Benefits Law

Cleary Gottlieb’s Leading Executive Compensation, Employee Benefits, and ERISA Practice Continues to Expand

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

ForUsAll Partners with CoinDesk Indices to Increase Retirement Savings Among Younger Workers


Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Does Anyone Object to Runaway Pharmacy Costs?

March 23, 2023 WEBINAR

Corporate Synergies

Basics of Employee Health & Welfare Plans

April 13, 2023 in MA

New England Employee Benefits Council [NEEBC]

HSA Conference 2023

April 19, 2023 WEBINAR


Last Issue's Most Popular Items

An Overview of State Reporting Requirements for the 2022 Reporting Season


DOL Appoints New Members to ERISA Advisory Council

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

California Now Requires Bereavement Leave

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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