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Group Health Plan Vendor Contracting: RFP Fundamentals
This is the second in a series of Group Health Plan Vendor Contracting webinars. During this webinar, we discuss: best practices for conducting a successful RFP; new trends in RFP processes; and practical tips from employers for conducting RFPs.
Mar 14, 2018
Comments to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on 2018 Proposed Updates to the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Supporting Transitioning Medicare Away from Fee-for-Service Reimbursement and Towards Alternative Payment Models
The National Business Group on Health submitted comments on the 2018 proposed rule (CMS-1678-P) supporting continuing to transform traditional Medicare away from fee-for-service reimbursement toward alternative payment models that command value and efficiency.
Sep 11, 2017
Comments to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on 2018 Proposed Updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Supporting Site-Neutral Payments, Reducing Providers' Reporting Burdens and Other Recommendations
The National Business Group on Health submitted comments on the 2018 proposed rule (CMS-1676-P) to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule supporting neutralizing payment rates for same services at different health care sites, reducing reporting burden on providers, as well as focusing on the nation's opioid and behavioral health epidemics.
Sep 11, 2017
Leave-Based Donations for Hurricane Harvey Victims
Recently, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2017-48 regarding the tax treatment of leave-based donation programs aiding victims of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey.
Sep 8, 2017
Federal, State, and San Francisco Lactation Accommodations
This chart tracks U.S., California and San Francisco lactation accommodations that employers must provide.
Aug 29, 2017
New San Francisco Ordinance on Lactation in the Workplace
Recently, San Francisco passed a new Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance, which requires lactation accommodations for nursing mothers working in San Francisco in addition to the current requirements under the California Labor Code and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Aug 29, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court Okays Same-Sex Marriage Nationally
Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, deciding that the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages from out-of-state. The ruling has specific implications for health benefits.
Jun 29, 2015
Military Leave
The purpose of this survey is to determine how employers construct their military leave and training policies. The survey looks specifically at paid leave structure for reservists and guardsmen for training, paid leave structure for employees called to active duty for deployment and policies around paid leave for these employees. Ten members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
Jun 10, 2015
10 Steps for Recruiting and Retaining U.S. Military Veterans in the Workplace
This Top Solutions highlights 10 steps an employer can take to create a successful veterans program based on The Walt Disney Company's veterans initiative, Heroes Work Here.
Dec 16, 2014
IRS Issues Guidance Recognizing All Legal Same-Sex Marriages for Federal Tax Purposes, Regardless of Domicile
The IRS issued a revenue ruling holding that (1) legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes, even if they live in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage and (2) individuals in domestic partnerships, civil unions, or other relationships that are not denominated "marriage" under state law will not be treated as married for federal tax purposes.
Aug 30, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court Rules DOMA Definition of Marriage Unconstitutional
On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions on two cases related to the legal status of same-sex marriage: U.S. v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. Plan sponsors will need to review tax status and benefits administration for same-sex partners.
Jun 28, 2013
Employer Offsets for Military Reservists
The purpose of this survey was to determine how many employers offer some type of paid leave to employees on active duty. In addition, the survey looked at how the value of paid military leave is calculated. Twenty-nine members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
Feb 18, 2013
EEOC Issues Final Regulations on Employers' Defense in ADEA Disparate Impact Claims
The EEOC has released final regulations explaining the "reasonable factors other than age" defense to ADEA disparate impact claims.
Apr 5, 2012
Department of Defense Issues Final Rules on Law Prohibiting Employers from Encouraging TRICARE-Eligible Employees to Drop Employer Coverage
The Department of Defense issued final rules on the interaction between employer-sponsored health coverage (for employers with at least 20 employees) and TRICARE.
Apr 9, 2010
Department of Labor Introduces New Medicaid and SCHIP Premium Assistance Model Notice
The Department of Labor (DoL) has released a model notice employers can use to notify employees when premium assistance is available through Medicaid and SCHIP in their states of residence. Employers are not required to send notifications to employees if they do not reside in states where premium assistance is available.
Feb 24, 2010
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Expands Military Family FMLA Leave
President Obama recently signed the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that expands the circumstances under which people can take military family FMLA leave.
Nov 2, 2009
Department of Labor Updates Rules for Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
The Department of Labor (DoL) recently updated rules on implementing FMLA and issued rules on Military Family Leave
Nov 25, 2008
New Law Extends Coverage for Certain Dependents
Law requires health plans to cover college students who become seriously ill longer.
Oct 17, 2008
IRS Finalizes Guidance on FSA and Active Duty Reservists
The IRS recently issued guidance that allows Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans to distribute unused account balances to military reservists called to active duty.
Oct 14, 2008
New Law Allows Distribution of Unused FSA Balances to Active Duty Reservists
New law allows FSA plans to waive "use-it-or-lose-it" rule for military reservists called to active duty for longer than 6 months.
Jun 24, 2008
Supreme Court Rules that Plan Administrator's Potential Conflict of Interest Is a Factor in Suits Over Benefit Denials
In a 6-3 decision, the US Supreme Court backed a lower court ruling that said that courts should consider a plan administrator's potential conflict of interest when it denies a claim for health or disability benefits if the reviewer has a financial incentive to deny a claim.
Jun 20, 2008
EEOC Finalizes Rule on Coordinating Retiree Benefits with Medicare
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) officially okays employers to coordinate employer-sponsored retiree health benefits with Medicare without violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA).
Dec 27, 2007
Congress Expands Family Leave Related to Military Service
New law expands FMLA for certain employees with family members on active duty, called to active duty, or who are injured and the employees are caregivers.
Dec 18, 2007
New California Military Spouse Leave Law
New California Law Provides Up to 10 Days of Unpaid Leave for Certain Military Spouses.
Oct 12, 2007
EEOC OK to Exempt Retiree Health Benefits from ADEA
The US Court of Appeals has the legal authority to go ahead with planned regulations exempting employers' coordination of retiree health benefits with Medicare from the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). AARP had filed suit to stop the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from issuing the regulations.
Jun 6, 2007
6th Circuit Decision Lowers Requirements for EEOC to Bring Successful Discrimination Cases under ADEA
A recent ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lowers the bar for successful disability discrimination cases, making it easier for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to bring successful discrimination suits against employers' disability benefits plans under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Specifically, the court changed the requirements from producing evidence of the intention to discriminate against individuals on the basis of age to only requiring that a policy be written in a discriminatory manner.
Nov 13, 2006
Provisions in Defense Appropriations Bill May Affect Relationship Between Employer-Sponsored Health Plans and TRICARE-Eligible Employees
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2006 contains provisions affecting the relationship between group health plans and TRICARE, the federal government's health care program for certain active-duty and retired service members and dependents.
Oct 23, 2006
New Pension Law Makes It Easier to Use Excess Pension Funds for Retiree Health
Policy Alert - August 22, 2006
Aug 22, 2006
Department of Labor Releases Final Regulations of USERRA, January 6, 2006
Policy Alert - January 6, 2006
Jan 6, 2006
New Health Coverage Options for Certain Military Reservists, March 30, 2005
Policy Alert - March 30, 2005
Mar 30, 2005
Law Expands Military Reservists’ Options for Continued Health Coverage and Introduces Employer Notice Requirement
The Act contains changes in military reservists’ options for continued health coverage and a notice requirement for employers.
Dec 15, 2004
New Law Expands Military Reservist's Options for Continued Health Coverage
The Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act contains changes in military reservists' options for continued health coverage and a new notice requirement for employers.
Dec 15, 2004
EEOC Rules that Coordinating Retiree Benefit Plans with Medicare Benefits Does Not Violate ADEA
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a regulation officially stating that employers' common practice of coordinating retiree health benefits with Medicare-reducing benefits upon Medicare eligibility-does not violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
Apr 23, 2004
Supreme Court Rules That ADEA Does Not Cover Reverse Age Discrimination
The Supreme Court ruled that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) does not protect younger workers from company benefit changes that favor older workers.
Feb 25, 2004
Military Reservists and Health Benefits: What You Need to Know
Guidance for employers on requirements for health benefits for military reservists and their dependents based on the 1994 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
Feb 3, 2003

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