DOL Guidance

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 https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/ebsa/researchers/statistics/retirement-bulletins/annual-report-on-self-insured-group-health-plans-2018.pdf

DOL’s Spring Priority Guidance List

The DOL has released its Spring 2018 Priority Guidance List. Document Excerpt Link https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaMain?operation=OPERATION_GET_AGENCY_RULE_LIST&currentPub=true&agencyCode=&showStage=active&agencyCd=1200&Image58.x=41&Image58.y=15

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 https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/employers-and-advisers/guidance/field-assistance-bulletins/2018-01

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 https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/ebsa/about-ebsa/our-activities/resource-center/faqs/aca-part-39-proposed.pdf

Fifth Circuit Strikes Down Fiduciary Rule

Finding that the DOL exceeded its authority, the Fifth Circuit strikes down the DOL’s fiduciary rule. Document Excerpt The district court rejected all of these challenges. Finding merit in several of these objections, we VACATE the Rule. Link http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/17/17-10238-CV0.pdf

House Committee on Education Contacts DOL re: AHPs

The House Committee on Education and Workforce contacted the Secretary of Labor requesting that the DOL consider the House-passed Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 in its regulation of Association Health Plans. Document Excerpt Link https://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/final_dol_ahp_submission_with_enclosure.pdf

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