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Benefits Byte: All 2009 Issues


December 24, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Approves Final Legislation
  • Appeals Court Rules for Employer in 401(k) Company Stock Investment Case

December 22, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate on Track to Approve Bill, Council Issues New Letter
  • Pension Funding Relief Postponed Until Next Year
  • District Court Rules for Employer in 401(k) Case

December 19, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Manager's Amendment Introduced

December 17, 2009

  • Council Submits Comment Letter on GINA Title I Regulations
  • Health Care Reform Update: New Materials Available, Letters Oppose Excise Tax
  • American Benefits Council IN THE NEWS

December 16, 2009

  • House Approves Extension of COBRA Subsidy Program; Senate Action Uncertain; Council to Host Benefits Briefing Call to Explain Changes

December 15, 2009

  • Council Board of Directors Directs Strong Message to Senate: Significant Improvements Required in Health Measure to Avoid Council Opposition
  • Defined Benefit Pension Funding Update: Effort to Achieve Unanimous Consent Unlikely to be Successful
  • Health Care Reform Update: Other Developments

December 14, 2009

  • COBRA Update: Six-Month Extension Likely
  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Continues Amendment Process

December 11, 2009

  • IRS Extends PPA Deadline for Certain Retirement Plan Amendments
  • IRS Issues Guidance on 2009 Cumulative List, Executive Compensation, 403(b) Plan Documents
  • Tax Technical Corrections Act Includes Retirement Plan Provisions

December 10, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Wyden, Collins, Cantwell Introduce Amendments
  • Council Urges Elimination of Retiree Drug Subsidy Tax

December 9, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Continues Amendment Process
  • COBRA Update: Administration Reiterates Support for Extension
  • DOL/EBSA Issue Advisory Opinion on Mutual Funds

December 8, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Part-Time/Seasonal Amendments Filed; Health Care Quality Amendments Unveiled
  • DOL/EBSA Issue Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda, Announce Emphasis on Annuitization
  • GAO Issues Study on Retirement Plan Reporting

December 7, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Continues Debate
  • New Defined Contribution Plan Disclosure Legislation Introduced
  • PBGC Releases Draft Information Disclosure Requirements for Reportable Events

December 4, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Continues Debate

December 3, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Amendments Begin
  • Council Talking Points on Doggett Retirement Plan Nondiscrimination Bill Now Available

December 2, 2009

  • DOL Issues Additional COBRA Guidance; Council Talking Points on Extension Now Available

December 1, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Begins Debate
  • Appeals Court Opinion Favors Participant in 401(k) Fee Lawsuit
  • PBGC Updates Maximum Guaranteed Benefit, Age Rate Table, Premium Rates

November 25, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Side-by-Side Comparison Chart Now Available
  • Treasury, IRS Issue Priority Guidance Plan for 2009-2010
  • PBGC Issues Additional Guidance on Maximum Guarantees, Reportable Events

November 24, 2009

  • Ways and Means Democrats Introduce Retirement Plan Nondiscrimination Legislation
  • COBRA Update: ARRA Program Extension Possible Before Year-End
  • PBGC Requests Comments on Irrevocable Commitments, Provides Guidance on Reportable Events

November 23, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Will Move Forward With Health Care Debate
  • IRS Issues Final Regulations on 204(h) Notices
  • Republican Alternative 401(k) Fee Disclosure Bill Introduced

November 19, 2009

  • Senate Leaders Unveil Compromise Health Care Reform Bill
  • DOL/EBSA Withdraws Final Investment Advice Regulations
  • GAO Issues Report on Executive Compensation and Defined Benefit Plan Terminations

November 17, 2009

  • PBGC Issues Regulations on USERRA Benefits Under ERISA
  • IRS Issues Final Regulations for Stock Programs
  • House Committee Hears Testimony on H1N1 and Employee Paid Leave

November 16, 2009

  • Council Identifies Accounting Issues with Taxation of Medicare Part D Subsidies in Health Care Bill
  • DOL Further Delays Investment Advice Regulations

November 13, 2009

  • Council Members Urged to Contact Federal Agencies Regarding GINA Regulations, Employer Wellness Programs
  • PBGC Announces $22 Billion Deficit
  • H1N1 Leave Bill Introduced in House

November 11, 2009

  • Defined Benefit Funding Relief Being Considered by Congress

November 10, 2009

  • IRS Issues Long-Awaited Hybrid Plan Guidance

November 7, 2009

  • House Passes Sweeping Health Care Legislation

November 6, 2009

  • COBRA Subsidy Extension Legislation Introduced in the Senate
  • Ways and Means Subcommittee Discusses FBAR Issues

November 4, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Manager's Amendment
  • Republican Health Care Substitute Introduced in House
  • ERISA Remedies Issue Revived in Congress

November 2, 2009

  • COBRA Extension Bill Introduced
  • Health Care Reform Update: Council, AFL-CIO Send Joint Letter to House Leadership
  • CDC releases H1N1 Flu Information

October 30, 2009

  • Council Releases Report on Defined Benefit Funding and Job Loss

October 29, 2009

  • Senate HELP Committee Discusses Pension Funding at Retirement Policy Hearing
  • House Introduces Merged Health Care Bill (UPDATE)

October 29, 2009

  • House Introduces Merged Health Care Bill

October 28, 2009

  • Senate Aging Committee Hears Testimony on Target Date Funds
  • Treasury, IRS Extend NRA Regulations Compliance Deadline for Governmental Plans

October 28, 2009

  • Pension Funding Relief Bill Introduced
  • Council Writes IRS Requesting Clarification on Automatic Enrollment Partial Rollovers

October 26, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Employer Group Letter Reinforces Reform Principles
  • Council Meets with Treasury to Discuss Hybrid Plan Guidance

October 23, 2009

  • Council Comments to HHS on HITECH Breach Notification Regulations
  • DOL Offers Additional Form 5500 Guidance

October 20, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Legislative Text, Committee Report Available for Finance Committee Bill
  • Second Circuit Rules for Citigroup in ERISA Legislation
  • DOL Offers Form 5500 Filing Assistance

October 16, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: New Materials Available
  • IRS Issues Expatriate Guidance under HEART Act

October 15, 2009

  • Funding Regulations Formally Published
  • Administration Confirms: No Reduction in Retirement Plan Limits
  • Council Comments to IRS on Eligible Combined Plans

October 14, 2009

  • Extension of COBRA Subsidy Under Consideration
  • DOL Preparing to Reissue Investment Advice Regulations

October 13, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Finance Committee Approves Bill

October 8, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Council Priorities Document Available
  • Analysis: Defined Benefit Plan Funding, Benefit Restriction Regulations Include October 15 Deadline

October 7, 2009

  • Defined Benefit Plan Funding Regulations Released
  • Health Care Reform Update: CBO Score Released, House Democrats Oppose Excise Tax
  • GINA Title I Regulations Formally Published
  • Sebelius Updates Congress on Mental Health Parity Rules
  • GAO Report Examines Fees in Non-401(k) Defined Contribution Plans

October 5, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Finance Committee Document Available
  • Council Recommends Hybrid Plan Guidance in Letter to Treasury
  • Supreme Court Seeks Input from Solicitor General in San Francisco Health Care Case
  • Council Comments to IRS on Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Issues

October 2, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Finance Committee Completes Amendment Process
  • Executive Compensation Amendment Approved in Senate Finance Committee Health Legislation
  • Administration Releases Interim Final Regulations for Title I of GINA

October 1, 2009

  • Council Testifies in Hearing on Defined Benefit Funding, Investment Advice
  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Finance Committee Nears Completion

September 29, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Finance Committee Debates Public Option
  • GAO Study Recommends Changes to Hardship Withdrawal Rules

September 25, 2009

  • Treasury, IRS Issues Interest Rate Guidance
  • Draft Letter Urges Defined Benefit Funding Relief: Signatures Needed by Sept. 30

September 24, 2009

  • IRS Issues Guidance on Required Minimum Distributions

September 23, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Senate Finance Committee Markup Continues, Energy and Commerce Committee Markup Finalized
  • Council Testifies Before IRS on Safe Harbor Plan Reduced or Suspended Contributions
  • Council Files Amicus Brief in ERISA Case

September 22, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Chairman's Mark Released, Finance Committee Markup Begins With Other Health Care Materials Now Available

September 18, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Summary of Baucus Bill Available, House Committee Schedules Extra Markup
  • Council Files Amicus Brief in �Whistleblower� Long-Term Disability Litigation

September 16, 2009

  • Baucus Releases Health Care Reform Legislative Proposal

September 15, 2009

  • Defined Benefit Pension Funding Update: Treasury Guidance Delayed
  • Council, Other Organizations Co-Host Forum on Lifetime Retirement Savings

September 11, 2009

  • Defined Benefit Pension Funding Update: Congress at Work... While Regulators Consider Additional Guidance

September 9, 2009

  • Health Care Update: Senate Finance Committee Schedules Consideration of Legislation
  • IRS Launches Retirement Plans Web Site
  • DOL Issues Guidance on ERISA 404(c) Requirements
  • IRS Notice Provides Guidance on Rollovers from Employer Plans to Roth IRAs

September 8, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Baucus Unveils Framework, NCB Updates Letter to House
  • IRS Issues Retirement Plan Guidance, Including Rollover Distribution Safe Harbors
  • IRS Issues Final Regulations on Excise Taxes for HSA Contributions, COBRA Plans
  • Council Comments on Money Market Fund Reform
  • Council Writes to Treasury Regarding Possible Reductions in Retirement Plan Limits
  • District Court Reverses Judgment in Pension Discrimination Case

September 1, 2009

  • District Court Reverses Judgment in Pension Discrimination Case
  • DOL, IRS Post Reminders for COBRA Premium Participants

August 27, 2009

  • Discussion Draft of Defined Benefit Pension Funding Relief Unveiled

August 25, 2009

  • FTC, HHS Formally Issue HITECH Breach Notification Regulations
  • GAO Report Examines Retirement Savings Security

August 20, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: New Legislative Summaries Now Available
  • HHS and FTC Issue Regulations Implementing HITECH Breach Notification Requirements
  • IRS Employer Plan Newsletter Includes Guidance on Required Minimum Distributions

August 14, 2009

  • Council Comments on Proposed Regulations for Safe Harbor Plan Reduced or Suspended Contributions
  • Defined Benefit Funding Update: New Legislation Coming Soon, New Text of Education and Labor Committee Bill Now Available

August 13, 2009

  • IRS Requests Comments on Eligible Combined Plans
  • New Materials Available on Foreign Financial Accounts and Retirement Plans
  • AHRQ Principles of Effective of Public Reporting Web Conference

August 10, 2009

  • IRS Issues Guidance on Foreign Financial Accounts and Retirement Plans
  • Additional "Red Flags Rule" Question Addresses Debit Cards, FSAs

August 7, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Materials Available: Legislative Comparison Chart, Talking Points
  • House Approves "Say on Pay" Legislation with Implications for Employee Benefit Plans

August 3, 2009

  • Health Care Update: Energy and Commerce Committee Approves Legislation

July 31, 2009

  • Health Care Update: Senate Finance Committee Delays Action, Energy and Commerce Committee Recesses
  • PBGC Restructuring Legislation Introduced
  • Save the Date: August 19 CMS Webinar on Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Process and Group Health Plans

July 30, 2009

  • Health Care Update: Energy and Commerce Committee Resumes Consideration of Health Bill
  • Employer Groups Urge Congress to Pass Additional Defined Benefit Pension Funding Relief

July 29, 2009

  • Health Care Update: Negotiations Continue in House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Finance Committee
  • Comparison Chart of Defined Contribution Plan Legislation Now Available
  • FTC Delays 'Red Flags' Rule, Issues Q&A

July 23, 2009

  • Health Care Update: Legislation Slows in Congress
  • Council Testifies in ERISA Advisory Council Hearing on Approaches to Retirement Security

July 21, 2009

  • Health Care Update: Washington Post Publishes Council Op-Ed
  • Council Testifies in ERISA Advisory Council Hearing on Approaches to Retirement Security

July 20, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Education and Labor Committee Amendments Available, Energy and Commerce Committee Continues Debate
  • Treasury Proposes Say-on-Pay Legislation
  • DOL Provides Reporting Relief for Pre-2009 403(b) Accounting

July 17, 2009

  • Two House Committees Approve Health Care Reform Legislation, One Committee Remaining

July 16, 2009

  • House Committees Consider Health Care Reform Legislation

July 15, 2009

  • Senate HELP Committee Approves Health Bill, Finance Committee to Unveil Bill This Week

July 14, 2009

  • House Unveils Revised Health Care Reform Legislation
  • Senate HELP Committee Nears Completion of Health Bill, Finance Committee to Unveil Bill This Week
  • Treasury Proposes SEC Investor Protection Legislation

July 10, 2009

  • Updated House Health Care Reform Legislation Delayed
  • Council Files Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court Review of 9th Circuit Decision Upholding San Francisco �Pay-or-Play� Mandate

July 9, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Employer Letter Urges Bipartisan Approach to Legislation
  • Council Summarizes Investment Advice Issues and Legislation
  • PBGC Relaxes Deadlines for Certain Natural Disaster Areas

July 8, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: Council Responds to Latest Senate HELP Committee Measure; CBO Estimates Cost of Medicaid Expansion

July 7, 2009

  • Senate HELP Committee Approves Long-Term Care Provision
  • House Committees to Begin Consideration of Health Care Bill Next Week, Measure Reportedly Estimated to Cost $1.5 Trillion

July 2, 2009

  • Senate HELP Committee Releases Additional Legislative Language, New CBO Score
  • SEC Proposes Corporate Governance, Compensation Measures

June 30, 2009

  • Survey Spotlight: What It Means for the Health Care Debate
  • American Benefits Council IN THE NEWS

June 29, 2009

  • Seventh Circuit Appeals Court Denies Rehearing of 401(k) Suit

June 25, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: House Committee Hearings Continue, Senate HELP and Finance Committees Move Forward
  • Senate HELP and Finance Committee Updates

June 24, 2009

  • House Committee Approves 401(k) Fee, Investment Advice Legislation with Pension Funding Relief
  • Health Care Reform Update: House Committee Hearings Continue, Senate HELP Markup Continues

June 23, 2009

  • House Health Care Reform Update: Committee Hearings Begin, Council Testifies
  • Senate Health Care Reform Update: HELP Committee Markup Could Wrap Up Before Recess
  • Pomeroy Releases Discussion Draft of Pension Funding Proposals

June 19, 2009

  • Senate Health Care Reform Update: Senate HELP Committee Releases Coverage Language, Continues Markup; Finance Committee Materials Available
  • House Health Care Reform Update: Legislative Text Released, Hearing Schedule Announced
  • Council Testifies at DOL/SEC Joint Hearing on Target Date Funds

June 17, 2009

  • Miller & Chevalier, Council Release Second Annual Corporate Health Care Policy Forecast
  • Senate Health Care Reform Update: Senate HELP Begins Markup, Senate Finance Markup Postponed
  • House Health Care Reform Update: Republicans Outline Health Care Reform Alternative, Democrats Eye Tax Revenue
  • House Subcommittee Approves 401(k) Disclosure Bill, Investment Advice Legislation

June 16, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: CBO Estimates Released, HELP Section-by-Section Summaries Available
  • Executive Compensation Update: Treasury Issues TARP Guidance
  • IRS Advisory Committee Reports on International Pensions

June 12, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: HELP Bill Comparison Chart Available, Finance Committee Schedule Announced
  • DOL, IRS Issue Semi-Annual Regulatory Agendas

June 10, 2009

  • Neal Introduces 401(k) Fee Disclosure Legislation
  • Executive Compensation Update: Obama Administration Announcements, SEC Guidance
  • Health Care Reform Materials Available: NCB Statement, Letter to HELP Committee, Summary of House Outline
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research Bill Introduced
  • House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Single-Payer Health Care

June 9, 2009

  • Senate HELP Committee Releases Text of Health Care Reform Bill
  • House Chairmen Issue Outline of Possible Health Care Legislation
  • Joint Tax Committee Issues Health Care Reform Revenue Estimates
  • Council Suggests Modifications to 401(k) Fee Disclosure Legislation
  • Annuity Incentive Legislation Introduced

June 8, 2009

  • Council Summarizes Senate HELP Committee Draft Health Reform Legislation

June 5, 2009

  • Preliminary Draft of Senate Health Reform Legislation Emerges
  • Council Offers Suggested Modifications to Investment Advice Bill
  • Senate Aging Committee Discusses Long-Term Care, Legislation Introduced

June 4, 2009

  • Obama Health Care Letter to Senate Democrats Supports Public Plan, Individual Mandate, �Pay or Play� for All But Small Employers
  • 409A and Treasury Ownership Interests; Other Compensation News
  • IRS Updates COBRA Subsidy Guidance

June 2, 2009

  • Obama Administration Economic Advisers Release Health Care Reform Report
  • President Assigns October 1 Deadline for Congress to Pass Health Care Reform

June 1, 2009

  • Health Care Reform Update: HELP Summary Available, Details Coming Soon
  • Council Weighs in with House on Investment Advice Bill
  • Council Comments to FTC on Protected Health Information Guidance
  • Council Comments to IRS on Revenue Procedure for 403(b) Plans

May 29, 2009

  • Council Submits Comments on Mental Health Parity Law

May 27, 2009

  • Council Comments on Senate Finance Committee Finance Options Paper
  • Tax Equity Legislation Introduced in House, Senate

May 22, 2009

  • Council Comments on Senate Finance Committee Coverage Options Paper
  • DOL Releases Form for Expedited Review of Denial of COBRA Premium Subsidy
  • Shareholder Bill of Rights Introduced
  • DOL, SEC Formally Announces Hearing on Target-Date Funds

May 21, 2009

  • Council Comments on HHS Protected Health Information Guidance
  • DOL Again Delays Effective Date of Investment Advice Regulations

May 20, 2009

  • Senate Aging Committee Discusses PBGC Deficit
  • Congressional Republicans Introduce Health Care Reform Bill
  • Mandatory Sick Leave Legislation Introduced

May 18, 2009

  • Senate Finance Committee Outlines Health Care Financing Options
  • IRS Proposes Regulations for Safe Harbor Plan Reduced or Suspended Contributions
  • AHRQ to Host Free Web Conference on Wellness Promotion

May 14, 2009

  • IRS Issues Guidance on Additional Pension Plan Withholding
  • IRS Releases New Indexed Amounts for HDHPs
  • REMINDER: New Council Web Site Members-Only Password

May 13, 2009

  • Council Web Site Members-Only Password to Change
  • DOL, SEC to Hear Testimony on Target-Date Funds; Plan Sponsor Comments Requested
  • Federal Government Revises Projections for Social Security, Medicare

May 12, 2009

  • Council Testifies at Senate Finance Committee Roundtable on Health Care Reform Financing

May 11, 2009

  • Obama Administration Budget Update: Latest Documents Issued; Treasury Releases "Green Book"

May 8, 2009

  • Group Pension Funding Letter Sent to Treasury
  • DOL Seeks Approval of Draft Appeals Form for COBRA Premium Subsidy Denial
  • Second Circuit Appeals Court Dismisses 401(k) Statute of Limitations Case
  • Obama Administration Budget Includes Savers Credit

May 6, 2009

  • Senate Finance Committee Holds Roundtable on Health Care Coverage

May 1, 2009

  • Council Submits Comments on Proposed Regulations for Title II of GINA
  • IRS Extends Election Deadline for Multiemployer Plans
  • Member Feedback Requested: Employer Strategies for Combating Swine Flu

April 29, 2009

  • Senate Finance Committee Releases Important Health Care Reform Policy Document
  • House and Senate Approve Final Budget Resolution, Including Benefits Items

April 27, 2009

  • Iwry Appointed to Treasury Post for Benefits Policy
  • Regulatory Agencies Seek Information on 2008 Mental Health Parity Law

April 24, 2009

  • Andrews Introduces Investment Advice Legislation

April 23, 2009

  • Council Testifies as House Subcommittee Examines Health Care Reform

April 22, 2009

  • Miller Introduces New 401(k) Fee Legislation As Boehner Officially Releases Savings Recovery Act
  • Education and Labor Subcommittee Holds Hearing on 401(k) Fees, Council Testifies
  • Ways and Means Committee Examines Health Care Reform

April 15, 2009

  • Council Files Brief in 401(k) Revenue Sharing Case
  • IRS to Pre-Approve Prototype 403(b) Plans

April 8, 2009

  • IRS Investigating Retiree Tax Withholding Issue
  • Rep. Tierney Introduces Retiree Health Legislation
  • White House Formally Establishes Office of Health Reform
  • NOW AVAILABLE: Employer Groups Letter on Health Care Costs to Congress, Obama Administration

April 3, 2009

  • Council Joins Employer Groups, Organizations on Health Care Costs Letter to Congress, Obama Administration
  • House, Senate Approve FY 2010 Budget Resolutions with Benefits Provisions
  • Rep. Pomeroy Introduces Bill to Expand Savers Credit

April 2, 2009

  • DOL Updates Guidance on COBRA Expansion
  • Executive Compensation Update: House Approves TARP Bonus Bill, Senator Levin Seeks to Address Defense Company Pay

March 31, 2009

  • Important Pension Funding Development: IRS Allows Reasonable Interpretation in Selecting Pension Funding Yield Curve
  • Stay of San Francisco Health Care Ordinance Denied
  • GAO Releases Pension Plan Survey Results

March 30, 2009

  • IRS Issues Guidance on Multiemployer Plan Funding Relief under WRERA

March 26, 2009

  • FY 2010 Budget Resolutions Include Benefits Provisions
  • PBGC Issues Guidance on ERISA Section 4010 Reporting
  • Phyllis Borzi Tapped as EBSA Chief

March 25, 2009

  • Treasury Department To Issue Guidance Requested by American Benefits Council Regarding Use of Yield Curve To Determine Pension Liabilities
  • Senate Finance Committee Hears Testimony on Long-Term Care
  • Deadline Extended: Signatures Still Needed for Group Letter on Health Costs
  • DOL Posts Archived COBRA Compliance Webcast

March 24, 2009

  • House Republicans Unveil Blueprint for Broad Savings Reform Legislation
  • Coalition Issues Health Care Quality Report
  • House Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Investment Advice

March 20, 2009

  • TARP Bonus Tax Legislation Introduced in Senate, Passed by House
  • DOL Releases Additional Information Regarding COBRA Subsidy Model Notices, Offers Compliance Webcast

March 19, 2009

  • DOL Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance Including Model Notices
  • Senate Finance Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Health Care Quality

March 17, 2009

  • Council teams with WorldatWork for 401(k) Trends Survey

March 16, 2009

  • IRS Releases Guidance on Defined Benefit Plan Asset Valuation
  • PBGC Published Final 4010 Reporting Rule
  • Lawmakers Preparing Health Care Reform Effort; Signatures Still Needed for Group Letter on Costs

March 11, 2009

  • Action Requested: Sign On to Letter Urging Measures to Reduce Health Care Costs
  • House Ways and Means Committee Hears Testimony on Health Care Reform

March 10, 2009

  • Ninth Circuit Ruling Rejects Rehearing of Decision Upholding San Francisco�s �Pay or Play� Mandate
  • Congressional Committees Hear Testimony on Health Care Reform

March 9, 2009

  • Group Letter to Budget Committees Urges Cost Savings, Flexibility in Health Care Reform Approach
  • Council Comment Letter on Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Sent to IRS
  • Council Provides New Comments to DOL on Investment Advice Regulations

March 6, 2009

  • IRS Updates COBRA Subsidy Guidance
  • Retirement Savings Summit Held in Washington DC
  • Obama Administration Convenes Health Care Summit

March 4, 2009

  • EEOC Proposes Regulations on Genetic Information Nondiscrimination
  • American Benefits Council IN THE NEWS

February 27, 2009

  • Council Elects New Officers, Executive Committee Members, Policy Committee Chairs
  • Council Paper Describes Benefits of Defined Contribution Plans
  • Additional Details, Guidance Available for Miscellaneous Stimulus Bill Provisions

February 26, 2009

  • Obama Budget Analysis: Health and Retirement Plan Initiatives
  • IRS, DOL Release COBRA Subsidy Guidance

February 25, 2009

  • Additional Congressional Committees Discuss Retirement Policy
  • Obama Budget to Include Health Care, Retirement Plan Initiatives

February 24, 2009

  • House Committee Hears Testimony on Financial Crisis and Retirement Security; Council Files Statement

February 23, 2009

  • Pension Funding Update: Council Continues Push for Additional Relief
  • Treasury, IRS Issue Final Regulations on Automatic Contribution Arrangements

February 20, 2009

  • DOL to Issue Guidance on COBRA Subsidy Provision in Stimulus Package
  • ERISA Advisory Council Releases Recommendations to DOL

February 13, 2009

  • House Approves Stimulus Bill Conference Agreement, Senate Next

February 12, 2009

  • Approval of Stimulus Agreement Expected Soon
  • Harkin, Kohl Introduce 401(k) Fee Bill in Senate
  • Circuit Court Finds for Plan Administrator in 401(k) Fee Case

February 11, 2009

  • Senate, House Working Toward Compromise on Stimulus Bill with COBRA Subsidy
  • DOL Issues Defined Benefit Plan Model Funding Notice

February 10, 2009

  • Senate Approves Stimulus Bill, Conference with House Expected Soon

February 9, 2009

  • Senate Moves Forward on Stimulus Bill, Final Passage Expected Soon
  • Council Requests Guidance on Required Minimum Distributions

February 4, 2009

  • Treasury Introduces Executive Compensation Restrictions for TARP Companies
  • House Passes SCHIP Legislation
  • Federal Appeals Court Rules for HHS in Medicare Data Release Case

February 3, 2009

  • DOL Extends Effective Date, Comment Period for Investment Advice Regulations
  • New Bill Would Curb CEO Pay for TARP Participant Companies

January 30, 2009

  • Sixth Circuit Rules for Employer in Vesting of Retiree Health Benefits Case
  • Senate Finance Committee Releases Text of Stimulus Measure
  • President Signs Ledbetter 'Fair Pay' Measure Into Law

January 28, 2009

  • House Approves Stimulus Package with COBRA Subsidy and other Health Provisions
  • Council Welcomes Ken Porter to Staff as Senior Vice President, International Benefits & Chief Actuary

January 27, 2009

  • Senate Finance Committee Amends, Approves Stimulus Package with Health Provisions
  • Council Submits Amicus Brief in ERISA Case
  • House Passes Fair Pay Legislation, Bill Sent to President

January 23, 2009

  • Pension Relief Update: Group Letter Sent to Congress, FASB Revises Statement 132
  • Senate Finance Committee Releases Stimulus Package with COBRA, Health IT Provisions
  • Stimulus Bill with COBRA, Health IT Provisions Approved by House Committees
  • Senate Passes Fair Pay Legislation
  • Treasury Issues Guidance on Executive Compensation under TARP-CPP

January 21, 2009

  • Obama Delays Regulations for Further Review

January 16, 2009

  • Council Prepares Summary, Recommendations for COBRA Premium Subsidies
  • DOL Issues Final Investment Advice Regulations

January 15, 2009

  • House Democrats' Proposed Stimulus Package Includes COBRA Expansion, Health IT
  • House, Senate Pass SCHIP Legislation
  • DOL to Issue Final Investment Advice Regulations, Fee Regulations Will Not Be Finalized

January 12, 2009

  • American Benefits Council Issues Health Care Reform Report

January 9, 2009

  • House Passes Pay Fairness Bills
  • IRS Comments on Guidance on Failure to Defer
  • IRS Issues Interim Guidance on �Foreign� Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

January 5, 2009

  • IRS Credits Council Efforts for Agency Consideration of Automatic Approval for Changes in Pension Plan Funding Methods; Council Pursuing Additional Pension Relief
  • Treasury Issues Temporary Regulations on Cost-Sharing Arrangements

January 2, 2009

  • DOL Issues Final Regulations on Civil Penalties for Certain Disclosure Failures
  • PBGC Finalizes Regulations Regarding Withdrawing Employers from Multiemployer Plans