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March 13, 2014
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March 20, 2014
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Featured Technical Articles
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January 29, 2014 — PBGC Proposed Rule Reduces Reporting Obligations for Certain Multiemployer Plans. The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) issued a proposed rule that would amend multiemployer plan regulations to facilitate plan merger transactions and to generally make providing information to the PBGC and plan participants more efficient and effective. Posted by Practical Law Company.
January 27, 2014 — IRS Proposed Rules Address Minimum Essential Coverage, Wellness Programs and HRAs. The IRS issued proposed regulations addressing the scope of minimum essential coverage (MEC) under health care reform. The proposed regulations also address health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and wellness program incentives, among other topics. Posted by Practical Law Company.
January 27, 2014 — Health Care Reform FAQs Address Wellness Programs, Preventive Services, Expatriate Plans and More. The Department of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury issued FAQs on the implementation of health care reform, addressing wellness programs, expatriate plans and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), among other topics. Posted by Practical Law Company.
January 19, 2014 — ADA: EEOC Guidance on Voluntary Wellness Programs and Reasonable Accommodation Requirements. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an informal discussion letter regarding voluntary wellness programs and reasonable accommodation requirements. In the letter, the EEOC addressed whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows a health plan to waive the annual deductible for employees who meet certain requirements, such as enrollment in a disease-management program or adherence to a doctor’s exercise and medication recommendations. Posted by Chelko Consulting.
January 9, 2014 — What Motivates Wellness Program Participation? Results from the 2013 EBRI/Greenwald & Associates Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey (CEHCS) found that the main reasons current enrollees participate in workplace wellness programs were "positive," either to improve or maintain health. While of those who did not participate, 70% said they could make changes on their own. Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).
January 2014 — Success with Disease Management. Published in the January 2014 issue of Health Affairs, a study revealed that after seven years of employee participation in PepsiCo's wellness program, the company reduced health care costs by $136 per member per month through its disease management program, driven by a 29% reduction in hospital admissions.