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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations that would amend existing regulations to provide that affordability of employer-sponsored minimum essential coverage (MEC) for an employee's family members would be determined based on the employee's share of the cost of covering the employee and those family members. Under existing regulations, that determination is based on the cost of covering only the employee. The proposed regulations would provide a similar minimum value rule for related family members—to be based on the level of coverage provided to related individuals under an employer's health plan.
A federal district court has held that a New York City law enacted in response to COVID-19, under which hotel industry employers must make severance payments to laid-off workers, likely did not create an employee benefit plan subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Because ERISA likely did not preempt the law, the court denied a hotel owner's preliminary injunction motion to block enforcement of the law
In a benefits dispute under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the US District Court for the District of Utah has held that a health plan's 180-day deadline for filing suit was unenforceable because the plan's final benefits denial letter did not disclose the deadline to a claimant. Applying Utah's six-year limitations period for breach of contract claims, the district court concluded that the claim was timely.