The following articles were posted in February 2019.

DOL Reaffirms ERISA Preemption of State Wage Withholding Laws

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published an Information Letter that confirms the general preemption under ERISA of state civil laws that require employers to obtain written consent before withholding amounts from employees’ wages for contribution to a benefit plan subject to ERISA.

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Posted on February 18, 2019 by Gary B. Kushner, President and CEO

Prescription Drug Plans (Even as Part of a Health Plan) Must Be Annually Disclosed to CMS

Employers who sponsor group health plans that cover any prescription drugs generally must disclose whether the plan provides creditable or non-creditable prescription drug coverage to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) within 60 days of the start of a new plan year. If your plan year begins on January 1, you must file your disclosure with CMS by March 1.

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Posted on February 18, 2019 by Gary B. Kushner, President and CEO

Kushner Cited as Resource on Medicare and Challenges for HR

In a recent article published by SHRM, our President and CEO Gary Kushner was cited as the main resource on dealing with active employees and their dependents upon their reaching Medicare-eligibility. Kushner mentioned many issues related to employer-based health and prescription drug benefits in both large and small employers when employees work past age 65, or who have dependents past age 65.

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Posted on February 15, 2019 by Ian Thrasher

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