A federal court in New York is overseeing bankruptcy claims related to the prescription opioid crisis. With $10 billion at stake, should an employer file a claim to try and recoup its health and disability costs related to its employees and family members who were victims of the opioid crisis?
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, some carriers are declaring a credit against future premiums owed under group benefits contracts. While this is a win for employers and/or their covered employees, some employers have asked about the ERISA implications of the credit, specifically, how they may apply the credit.
Federal authorities provide limited coronavirus-related relief for plan sponsors and individual taxpayers
Along with the immediate and unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to employers, these same employers – in their capacity as plan sponsors – are still tasked with their routine benefits plan reporting responsibilities. Happily, federal authorities have provided relief related to these obligations and deadlines.
State-mandated or encouraged insurance premium payment grace periods, and the risks they pose to ERISA plan sponsors
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, some states have prohibited or pointedly encouraged carriers from canceling benefits policies, so for some employers, deferring premium payments appears to be a win-win – employers retain cash for other immediate needs and employees don’t lose coverage. However, employers and their plans’ fiduciaries should be cautious for several reasons.
Prompted by recent closures of big-name companies like Toys R Us, New Jersey is the first state to implement a severance pay requirement for employees experiencing mass layoffs.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has again updated the model Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) notice employers are required to provide annually to employees residing in any state, listed in the notice, in which the employer maintains a group health plan.
The Department of Labor recently finalized regulations containing civil penalty inflation adjustments for 2020 in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015.
As employers are likely aware, state and local governments continue to adopt paid leave requirements on a fast and furious basis. Several important paid leave-related deadlines occur in December 2019 or become effective Jan. 1, 2020.
Cross-plan offsetting is a common practice among insurance carriers and third-party administrators (TPAs) that can put employers at risk.
Under federal rules, health plan sponsors are required to notify their Medicare-enrolled participants and dependents on at least an annual basis concerning the “creditable” or “noncreditable” nature of the group health plan’s prescription drug coverage.
As we move closer to the next election year, Congress is considering several bills that would affect employee benefits plans. It will be interesting to see how many candidates tout the CBO’s rosy cost and coverage projections for healthcare policy aspects of their platforms.
A new California law will require employers to notify their FSA enrollees – via two different modes of communication – about any deadline to withdraw funds from the FSA where that deadline is prior to the end of the plan year.
The DOL has issued new guidance to help plan administrators determine whether certain coverage guidelines applied to mental health and substance abuse treatment are permissible.
California expands domestic partner registration opportunity; San Francisco announces 2020 HCSO contribution rates
California recently expanded its definition of domestic partnership for purposes of registering with the state to receive the same state protections offered to spouses. San Francisco has updated Health Care Security Ordinance contribution rates and other limits for 2020.