Policy Alerts

The National Business Group on Health's public policy activities provide members with the latest information and analysis of federal legislative and regulatory developments in health care that impact employers.

The Business Group issues Public Policy Alerts when Congress or the states pass new or major laws, agencies finalize regulations, or the Supreme Court or Federal Appellate Courts issue rulings that significantly affect employers’ health benefits or health care programs. These Alerts describe the key details of the government action, how it may impact employers, and include background information and links to available resources.

Given the level of interest and uncertainty surrounding the actions of the Trump Administration, the Business Group issues Washington Alerts, as developments warrant, to help keep members informed about major new developments that could affect employer-sponsored health benefits and health care delivery.

February 13, 2019
Public Policy Alert: New ACA Coverage Requirement: Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a new recommendation that that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum persons who are at increased risk of perinatal depression to counseling interventions. Non-grandfathered group health plans must cover this service, without cost-sharing, effective for plan years beginning on or after February 28, 2020 (January 1, 2021 for calendar year plans).
February 5, 2019
MA Proposes Paid Leave Rules, Including Employer Contribution Rules
The new Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave issued proposed regulations addressing topics such as employer contributions, benefit amounts, and claims and appeals procedures.
November 26, 2018
IRS Increases Health FSA Contribution Limit for 2019
Yesterday, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-57, which increases for inflation the voluntary employee health FSA contribution limit to $2,700--a $50 increase over the 2018 limit.
November 26, 2018
IRS Updates PCORTF Fees
In IRS Notice 2018-85, the IRS announced that for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2018 and before October 1, 2019 (i.e., the 2018 plan year for calendar year plans), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORTF) fees will be $2.45 multiplied by the average number of covered lives.
July 27, 2018
Massachusetts to Require Paid Family and Medical Leave
Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signed into law a number of new tax and workplace provisions, including a new paid family and medical leave benefit for Massachusetts employees.

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