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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

March 22, 2023

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[Guidance Overview]

Telehealth and the End of the COVID-19 Emergency

"The stand-alone telehealth relief under the ACA is available until the end of the latest plan year that begins on or before the last day of the PHE. For calendar-year plans, this relief would last until December 31, 2023. When an employer ends its stand-alone telehealth benefit, it may need to provide participants a 60-day notice of a material reduction in benefits."  MORE >>

McDermott Will & Emery

[Guidance Overview]

IRS Provides Guidance on the Definition of 'Medical Expenses'

"The IRS has issued a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide guidance as to whether certain costs related to nutrition, wellness, and general health are medical expenses that may be paid or reimbursed on a tax-exempt basis under a group health plan, health savings account (HSA), health flexible spending arrangement (FSA), or health reimbursement arrangement (HRA)."  MORE >>

The Wagner Law Group

[Guidance Overview]

Unionized Oregon Employers Have Until March 31, 2023, to Collect Employee Contributions to Paid Leave Oregon

"Paid Leave Oregon does not exempt from its contribution requirements employers and employees that are parties to a CBA, unless the CBA provides benefits at least equal to the benefits provided under the state program. Employers' obligations under Paid Leave Oregon, the state's paid family and medical leave program, began on January 1, 2023."  MORE >>

Ogletree Deakins

U.S. Drops Appeal of UnitedHealth Acquisition of Change Healthcare

"The U.S. Justice Department has dismissed its own appeal challenging UnitedHealth Group's nearly $8 billion acquisition last year of Change Healthcare ... The healthcare deal was seen as a blow to the Biden administration's tougher enforcement of antitrust issues." [U.S. v. UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Change Healthcare Inc., No. 22-5301 (D.C. Cir. stipulation of voluntary dismissal filed Mar. 20, 2023)]  MORE >>

Reuters; free registration may be required

Puerto Rico House Seeks Injunction on Court Decision Striking Down 2022 Labor Reform

"The struggle to provide certainty on employment issues to the private sector in Puerto Rico is not over. The Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives is seeking an injunction to stay the district court decision declaring null and void the controversial 2022 labor reform, Act 41-2022. Signed in June 2022, Act 41-2022 introduced changes to the statutory probationary period, vacation and sick leave accrual, and the way the annual Christmas Bonus is accumulated, among other requirements." [Financial Oversight and Management Bd. for Puerto Rico v. Urrutia No. 22-0063, 17-BK-3283 (D. Puerto Rico Mar. 3, 2023; motion for injunctive relief filed Mar. 16, 2023; notice of appeal to 1st Cir. Mar. 16, 2023)]   MORE >>

Jackson Lewis P.C.

End of COVID Emergency Will Usher in Changes Across the U.S. Health System

"The Biden administration's decision to end the COVID-19 public health emergency in May will institute sweeping changes across the health care system ... In response to the pandemic, the federal government in 2020 suspended many of its rules on how care is delivered. That transformed essentially every corner of American health care -- from hospitals and nursing homes to public health and treatment for people recovering from addiction."  MORE >>

Kaiser Health News

Worker Health Is Suffering, While Benefits Go Unused

"Almost 75% of employees felt their mental and physical health worsened or stayed the same year-over-year. However, 60% of HR leaders thought their workforce health improved. There is also a disconnect between employee needs and how much they're tapping company benefits to fill those needs. 64% of employees are struggling with their mental health. However, only 19% used their company's mental health benefits."  MORE >>

Forbes; subscription may be required

Only 19% of Employees Used Mental Health Benefits in 2022, Despite Reporting Issues

"[N]ot only did over nine in 10 (91%) employees tell surveyors mental health was negatively impacting their productivity, but the usage of benefit offerings already in place by employees was extremely low. Less than a fifth (19%) of employees said they used their mental health care benefits in 2022."  MORE >>


Benefits in General

Workplace Benefits Forecast for 2026: Employee Financial Well-Being (PDF)

"[This poll] predicts by the end of 2026: ... [1] Retirement plan coverage among employers with fewer than 100 employees will have equaled coverage among employers of 100 or more employees. [2] Flexible benefits and total rewards programs will have grown in popularity ... [3] Financial well-being benefits, such as mortgage or rent assistance, credit improvement, and student loan repayment programs, will be offered by more than 50% of employers.... [4] More than two-thirds of employers will offer high-deductible health plans (HDHP) and health savings accounts (HSA)."  MORE >>


Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Retirement Plan Sales Consultant
            for Primark Benefits

Retirement Plan Sales Consultant

Primark Benefits

Remote / San Mateo CA

View job as Retirement Plan Sales Consultant for Primark Benefits

View job as Economist
            for Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA]


Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA]

Remote / Washington DC

View job as Economist for Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA]

View job as Retirement Plan Education Advisor
            for Moneta

Retirement Plan Education Advisor


Clayton MO / Hybrid

View job as Retirement Plan Education Advisor for Moneta

View job as Retirement Plan Client Service Manager
            for Moneta

Retirement Plan Client Service Manager


Clayton MO / Hybrid

View job as Retirement Plan Client Service Manager for Moneta

Press Releases

JULY Announces Acquisition Transaction with Digital Retirement Solutions

JULY Business Services

Securian Financial Subsidiary Acquires Employee Communication and Engagement Platform

Securian Financial Group

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Health Plans Post-Dobbs: Issues, Insights, and Trends


ALI CLE [American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education]

Student Loan Webinar . . Everything You Need to Know!

March 28, 2023 WEBINAR

NFP Corp.

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Air Ambulance Reporting Delay Confirmed

HUB International

The 'Great Return': Getting Your Employees Back to the Office

Willis Towers Watson

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