EBIA Weekly Newsletter

NEW: Early Bird Registration for 2018 EBIA Seminars!


   December 14, 2017

Use the link below to register now with a special early bird discount for EBIA Seminars, coming to five cities in May and June, 2018. Meanwhile, we’re wrapping up our 2017 webinar season with self-audit strategies for group health plans, and kicking off 2018 with the first installment of our new “Learning the Ropes” webinar … Read More


Claims Administrator’s Decision Reviewed De Novo Due to Inadequate Delegation of Discretionary Authority


   December 14, 2017

Miller v. PNC Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., 2017 WL 4404469 (S.D. Fla. 2017) Available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-flsd-1_16-cv-25142/pdf/USCOURTS-flsd-1_16-cv-25142-0.pdf A former employee receiving benefits under her employer’s long-term disability (LTD) plan sued after the plan’s claims administrator terminated her benefits and denied her appeal. The employee argued that the court should apply de novo … Read More


HHS Answers Employers’ Questions on National Medical Support Notices


   December 14, 2017

Medical Support—Answers to Employers’ Questions (Nov. 7, 2017) Available at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/css/resource/medical-support-answers-to-employers-questions HHS has issued FAQ guidance addressing coverage requirements and administrative issues related to National Medical Support Notices (NMSNs). An NMSN is a standardized medical child support order used by state child support enforcement agencies to obtain group health coverage for … Read More


What Are the Rules for Requesting an IRS Determination Letter on Plan Termination?


   December 14, 2017

QUESTION: We are terminating our 401(k) plan effective December 31, 2017, and want to request an IRS determination letter on the plan’s qualification at the time of termination. Could you review the rules for requesting a plan termination determination letter? ANSWER: While requesting a determination letter on the plan’s qualification at the time of termination … Read More