DOL Guidance

Association Health Plans for Small Businesses

The Trump Administration’s reform to allow small businesses to purchase association health plans thereby avoiding many of the rules crafted to apply to small business health insurance. Document Excerpt This document contains a final regulation under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that establishes additional criteria under ERISA section 3(5) for […]

ERISA Advisory Council on Guidance on Bonding Requirements

The EBSA has asked the 2018 ERISA Advisory Council to evaluate the effectiveness of existing guidance governing bonding requirements. Document Excerpt The Employee Benefits Security Administration (the “Department”) has asked the Council to evaluate the effectiveness of the Department’s regulations and sub-regulatory guidance promulgated under section 412 of ERISA in safeguarding plan funds or other […]

DOL’s Annual Report to Congress on Self-Insured Group Health Plans

DOL releases its annual report to Congress on self-insured group health plans. Document Excerpt Link

DOL’s Spring Priority Guidance List

The DOL has released its Spring 2018 Priority Guidance List. Document Excerpt Link

DOL Temporary Enforcement Policy on Prohibited Transaction Rules for Investment Advice Fiduciaries

In light of the Fifth Circuit’s decision vacating the fiduciary conflict of interest rule, the DOL has issued temporary enforcement guidance on the prohibited transaction rules applicable to investment advice fiduciaries. Document Excerpt Accordingly, for the period from June 9, 2017, until after regulations or exemptions or other administrative guidance has been issued, the Department […]

Notice Clarifying Why Final ACA Rules Won’t be amended to reflect Recommendations of Emergency Room Physicians

The Departments are issuing a Notice to clarify the Departments’ decisions not to adopt recommendations made by the American College of Emergency Physicians as reflected in a complaint filed in the United States District Court of Columbia. Document Excerpt The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) filed a complaint in the United States District Court […]

Field Assistance Bulletin on Proxy Voting, Shareholder Engagement and ETIs

Field Assistance Bulletin 2018-01 provides guidance in addressing questions raised by Interpretive Bulletin 2016-11 and 2015-12 regarding the exercise of shareholder rights and written statements of investment policy and relating to economically targeted investments. Document Excerpt Link

Self Compliance Tool for Mental Health Parity Act

The DOL has released a self compliance tool for the Mental Health Parity Act. Document Excerpt The goal of this self-compliance tool is to help group health plans, plan sponsors, plan administrators, group and individual market health insurance issuers, State regulators and other parties determine whether a group health plan or health insurance issuer complies […]

Sample Forms to Request Documentation Concerning Treatment Limitations

Sample form from the DOL to request documentation from an employer sponsored health plan or an insurer concerning treatment limitation. Document Excerpt Background: This is a tool to help you request information from your employer-sponsored health plan or your insurer regarding limitations that may affect your access to mental health or substance use disorder benefits. […]

Proposed FAQs on Mental Health Parity Act

The agencies released proposed Frequently Asked Questions on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act. Document Excerpt Set out below is PROPOSED guidance regarding nonquantitative treatment limitations and disclosure requirements in connection with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Link

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