EBIA Weekly Newsletter

Form 5500 Filings for Health & Welfare Plans: EBIA Workbook and Webinar  


   June 22, 2017

Penalties for Form 5500 failures—already some of the toughest in benefits law—have increased significantly in the past year, making careful compliance a must for plan sponsors, service providers, and advisors. The regular Form 5500 filing deadline for calendar-year plans is just around the corner. Let EBIA help you stay on top of the rules! Read More


Ninth Circuit: ERISA Does Not Preempt California Law Voiding Discretionary Clauses


   June 22, 2017

Orzechowski v. Boeing Co. Non-Union Long-Term Disability Plan, 856 F.3d 686 (9th Cir. 2017) Available at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/05/11/14-55919.pdf The Ninth Circuit has weighed in on a California law barring enforcement of discretionary clauses for certain types of benefit coverage. A plan participant sued following denial of her claim for continued long-term disability … Read More


Agencies Issue Mental Health Parity Guidance, Release Draft Disclosure Form


   June 22, 2017

FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part 38 (June 16, 2017); Form to Request Documentation From an Employer-Sponsored Health Plan or an Insurer Concerning Treatment Limitations; Proposed Revision of Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment, Draft Model Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitations Form, 82 Fed. Reg. … Read More


Must We Provide Separate USERRA and COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notices to Employees Who Are Eligible Under Both Laws?


   June 22, 2017

QUESTION: One of our employees is leaving work to perform service in the military. Do we need to provide a separate USERRA continuation coverage notice in addition to the usual COBRA election notice? ANSWER: There is no requirement to provide a separate USERRA notice, but you may want to include USERRA continuation information along with … Read More