Pension & Benefits NetNews – May 9, 2017

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

 

  • Preeclampsia screening must now be covered by group health plans
  • All-encompassing strategy is key to building effective employee health care programs
  • HHS to receive $73.5B under House funding bill, ACA left out
  • New GOP healthcare bill passes House

Pension Plan Guide News

 

  • EBSA seeks comments on a proposed information collection concerning household retirement surveys
  • IRS invites public comments on 2017-2018 Priority Guidance List
  • PBGC seeks comments on multiemployer plan regs

 

Employee Benefits Management News

 

Preeclampsia screening must now be covered by group health plans

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has published a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on screening for preeclampsia. The Task Force recommends screening pregnant women for preeclampsia with blood pressure measurements throughout pregnancy. For more information, see ¶2105T.

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All-encompassing strategy is key to building effective employee health care programs

Employers say their top three priority changes for managing costs of health care programs for 2017 are: 1) increasing employee point-of-care costs by adjusting deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums and out-of-network coinsurance (51%); 2) modifying vendor strategies by expanding wellness programs or changing vendor partners (32%); and 3) adding new provisions to prescription drug plans to encourage appropriate utilization (30%). For more information, see ¶2105U.

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HHS to receive $73.5B under House funding bill, ACA left out

The 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill allocates a total of $73.5 billion to HHS for the 2017 Fiscal year, ending September 30, 2017. The House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill on May 1, 2017. For more information see ¶2105Y.

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New GOP healthcare bill passes House

Six weeks after pulling the American Health Care Act (AHCA) (H.R. 1628) from consideration, the House of Representatives passed the bill on May 4, 2017, by a vote of 217 to 213. The revised bill, which alters certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, includes three amendments, which the Congressional Budget Office has not yet scored. For more information, see ¶2105Z.

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Pension Plan Guide News

 

EBSA seeks comments on a proposed information collection concerning household retirement surveys

The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) proposal titled, “On the Road to Retirement Surveys,” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995. Public comments on the ICR are invited. The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before May 30, 2017. For more information, see ¶149w.

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IRS invites public comments on 2017-2018 Priority Guidance List

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and the IRS invite public comment on recommendations for items that should be included on the 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan. The Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy and the IRS use the Priority Guidance Plan each year to identify and prioritize the tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and other published administrative guidance. The 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan will identify guidance projects that the Treasury Department and the IRS intend to work on as priorities during the period from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. The Treasury Department and the IRS recognize the importance of public input in formulating a Priority Guidance Plan that focuses resources on guidance items that are most important to taxpayers and tax administration. For more information, see ¶149t.

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PBGC seeks comments on multiemployer plan regs

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) intends to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extend approval, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, of collections of information in PBGC’s regulations on multiemployer plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This notice informs the public of PBGC’s intent and solicits public comment on the collections of information. Comments must be submitted on or before June 5, 2017. For more information, see ¶147g.

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