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Executive Order on Strengthening Retirement Security

Document Excerpt •The Departments will consider changes to make it easier for businesses to join together to offer Association Retirement Plans (ARPs), also known as Multiple Employer Plans. Link https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-strengthening-retirement-security-american-workers/

Proposed Regulations Adopting Methodology for Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year

Document Excerpt This rule proposes to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year. In February 2018, a district court vacated the use of statewide average premium in the HHS-operated risk adjustment methodology for the 2014 through 2018 benefit years. HHS is proposing to adopt the HHS-operated risk adjustment […]

Methodology for Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for 2017 Benefit Year

Document Excerpt This final rule adopts the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2017 benefit year. Section 1343 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) established a permanent annual risk adjustment program under which payments are collected from health insurance issuers that enroll relatively low-risk populations, and payments are made […]

Railroad Stock Options are Not Compensation Subject to Railroad Retirement Plan Tax

So holds the Supreme Court in Wisconsin Central Ltd. v. U.S., No. 17-530 (S. Ct. June 21, 2018). Document Excerpt Held: Employee stock options are not taxable “compensation” under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act because they are not “money remuneration.” When Link https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-530_6537.pdf

Trump Administration Argues Key Parts of ACA are Unconstitutional

In a filing before a district court, the DOL signals it will not defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act stating that once the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act zeros out the individual mandate penalty, the individual mandate, guaranteed issue and community ratings provisions become unconstitutional. Document Excerpt In sum, once the associated financial […]

House Subcommittee Seeks ERISA Changes

House Subcommittee seeks bipartisan proposals to update ERISA including encouraging defined contribution plans to provide annuities, eliminating the “common nexus” requirement for private multiple employer plans and other changes. Document Excerpt Subcommittee members and witnesses discussed four bipartisan proposals that would amend ERISA to better meet the retirement plan needs of employees and employers with […]

HHS Publication–Trump Proposal to Lower Drug Prices

HHS releases a publication discussing the Administration’s proposal to lower drug prices. Document Excerpt Link https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/AmericanPatientsFirst.pdf

White House Announces Intent to Nominate PBGC Director

The White House has announced its intent to nominate Gordon Hartogensis as director of the PBGC. Document Excerpt Link https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-announces-intent-nominate-personnel-key-administration-posts-43/

HHS Blueprint for Lowering Drug Prices

HHS releases its blue-print for lowering drug prices and out-of-pocket cost and request for comments. Document Excerpt SUMMARY: Through this request for information, HHS seeks comment from interested parties to help shape future policy development and agency action. Link https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-10435.pdf

SEC Fact Sheet on Proposed Best Interest Standard

In addition to its proposed regulation, the SEC also issued this Fact Sheet on its proposed best interest regulation. Document Excerpt Under proposed Regulation Best Interest, a broker-dealer would be required to act in the best interest of a retail customer when making a recommendation of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities to […]

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