EBIA Weekly Newsletter

What Is a National Medical Support Notice and What Should We Do With It?

   March 15, 2018

QUESTION: Our company just received a National Medical Support Notice. What is it and what should we do with it? ANSWER: A National Medical Support Notice (NMSN) is a medical child support order used by state child support enforcement agencies to obtain employer-provided group health coverage for children. If appropriately completed, an NMSN is deemed … Read More

EBIA Seminars: Flexibility to Choose the Training You Need

   March 8, 2018

A comprehensive, four-day learning experience? Yes! A half-day brush-up on COBRA? Yes! It’s easy to tailor EBIA seminars to meet your employee benefits training needs. With intermediate-level courses on seven topics—ERISA, the ACA, cafeteria plans, HRAs & HSAs, wellness programs, HIPAA, and COBRA—the choice is yours. All courses are taught by … Read More

IRS Clarifies That Male Sterilization and Male Contraceptives Are Not Preventive Care for HDHP Purposes, Provides Transition Relief

   March 8, 2018

IRS Notice 2018-12 (Mar. 5, 2018) Available at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-18-12.pdf The IRS has clarified that health plans covering male sterilization or male contraceptives without a deductible, or with a deductible below the statutory minimum deductible for high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), are not HDHPs under current IRS guidance regarding requirements for health savings … Read More

Ninth Circuit: Plan Service Provider Not Subject to Fiduciary Duties When Negotiating Fees or Collecting Predetermined Compensation

   March 8, 2018

Santomenno v. Transamerica Life Ins. Co., 2018 WL 1022460 (9th Cir. 2018) Available at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/02/23/16-56418.pdf The Ninth Circuit has rejected 401(k) plan participants’ claims that the plan’s investment provider breached its ERISA fiduciary duties when it chose its investment menu, negotiated its compensation for services, and collected the agreed-upon fees from … Read More