Additional Preventive Services Permitted by High Deductible Health Plans

Document Excerpt This notice expands the list of preventive care benefits permitted to be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) under section 223(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) without a deductible, or with a deductible below the applicable minimum deductible (self-only or family) for an HDHP. Link https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-19-45.pdf

PBGC Clarifies Merger and Transfer Among Multiemployer Plan Guidance

Document Excerpt SUMMARY: PBGC is issuing a final rule amending its regulation on Mergers and Transfers Between Multiemployer Plans to implement procedures and information requirements for a request for a facilitated merger. This final rule also reorganizes and updates provisions in the existing regulation. Link https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-14/pdf/2018-19988.pdf

Update to Technical /guidance 01-2018: Standards for Self-Insured Non-Federal Governmental Health Plans and Insurance

Document Excerpt Summary of Updates: This Technical Release replaces the technical guidance issued January 11, 2017 with updated notice requirements for self-insured non-Federal governmental health plans and health insurance issuers offering group and individual health coverage using the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-administered Federal external review process. Since the January 11, 2017 technical […]

Proposed Prohibited Transaction Exemption for Credit Suisse Group

Document Excerpt SUMMARY: This document contains notice of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed temporary five-year individual exemption from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). If this proposed […]

Advisory Opinion concluding that Ace Hardware Plan Qualifies as a AHP

Document Excerpt Thus, under the Department’s Pathway 1 sub-regulatory guidance, and assuming that the Plan is adopted and operated as described in this letter, the Ace Plan Employers would, at least in form, constitute a bona fide employer group or association in relation to the Plan for purposes of ERISA section 3(5), and the Plan […]

PBGC Adds Webpage to Publish Participant Notices

Document Excerpt At times, PBGC places ads in local and national newspapers to inform participants that the agency is taking responsibility for their plan. When this happens, PBGC pays all earned benefits up to the limits set by law. PBGC takes this action when the plan doesn’t have enough money to pay all promised benefits […]

PBGC Interim Privacy Rule

Document Excerpt SUMMARY: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is amending its Privacy Act regulation to exempt a system of records that supports a program of insider threat detection and data loss prevention. Link https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/09/2019-14604/privacy-act-regulation-exemption-for-insider-threat-program-records

Multiple Employer Plans Proposed Regulations

Document Excerpt SUMMARY: This document sets forth proposed regulations relating to the tax qualification of plans maintained by more than one employer. These plans, maintained pursuant to section 413(c) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code), are often referred to as multiple employer plans or MEPs. The proposed regulations would provide an exception, if certain requirements […]

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