Welfare Benefit Plan ERISA News
February 2017

 
Report Shows America's State-by-State
Health Rankings

View the United Health Foundation's recently released America's Health Rankings® Annual Report showing the nation's health on a state-by-state basis, positive health trends and concerning upticks in several key indicators. (United Healthcare)


Time to Revisit Electronic Distribution Rules for SPDs
"Employers interested in using electronic distribution methods must solicit consent, track responses, store e-mail addresses and monitor delivery — an administrative headache few want to take on.... In the almost 15 years since the regulations were last updated, Internet access has skyrocketed — 84 percent of adults now use the Internet (up from 60 percent in 2002) and usage is almost universal for those of working age." (Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM])


DOL Highlights Growth in MHPAEA Enforcement

"Of the 330 health plan investigations closed in the 2016 fiscal year by the EBSA, 191 included Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) compliance audits because they involved plans subject to the MHPAEA ... EBSA conducts compliance reviews in all open cases where MHPAEA applies. Many of these stem from individual plan participants' complaints, if the violations seem to be systematic.... In addition to these DOL investigations, MHPAEA lawsuits by plan participants are on the rise, and the IRS has the authority to impose excise taxes for violations." (HR Daily Advisor)
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