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Benefits Byte: All 2011 Issues

December 22, 2011

  • PBGC Addresses Policy for Re-characterization of Contributions
  • IRS Extends Deadline for Certain Remedial Amendment Applications

December 21, 2011

  • International Benefits Update: OECD Guidelines on Alternative Investments, Auto-Enrolment in the UK
  • DOL Provides Advance Copies of Form 5500

December 20, 2011

  • IRS Extends Transition Relief for Puerto Rico Plan Group Trusts
  • Council Endorses Defined Contribution Plan Disclosure Glossary
  • Clarification: IRS Announces Changes to Determination Letter Program

December 19, 2011

  • IRS Announces Changes to Determination Letter Program
  • Letter to PBGC Expresses Concern on Partial Termination Enforcement Actions

December 16, 2011

  • HHS Bulletin Proposes Standards for Essential Health Benefits Under PPACA

December 15, 2011

  • Treasury to Extend Deadline for Puerto Rico Plan Spinoffs; Additional Guidance Coming

December 14, 2011

  • Council Comments on PPACA Affordability Safe Harbor for Employers
  • Small Business Pension Bill Introduced

December 9, 2011

  • DOL Revises Electronic Disclosure Guidance
  • Assistant Secretary Borzi: Fiduciary Regulations to Be Re-Proposed After January 1; Review of 408(b)(2) Rules Completed
  • PBGC Issues Reportable Events Guidance
  • CMS to Deny ERRP Reimbursement After 2011

December 5, 2011

  • CMS Finalizes Regulations Authorizing Release of Medicare Data for Performance Measurement

December 2, 2011

  • HHS Releases Final Rules Regarding Medical Loss Ratios Under PPACA

December 1, 2011

  • House Committee Approves Repeal of CLASS Program
  • House Panel Approves Measures Affecting Swaps
  • IRS Issues Additional FAQ Guidance on 8955-SSA Reporting
  • PBGC Issues Guidance on Determining Expected Retirement Age

November 29, 2011

  • IRS Extends Deadline for Certain Pension Plan Amendments

November 23, 2011

  • After the Supercommittee: Prospects for PBGC Premiums, Defined Contribution Plan Reform
  • PBGC Issues Guidance on Maximum Guarantees

November 17, 2011

  • Record Membership Growth for American Benefits Council
  • DOL Issues Guidance Delaying SBC Requirements, Clarifying MHP Regulations

November 15, 2011

  • Council Identifies Flaws in PBGC�s Announced $26 Billion Deficit
  • House Subcommittee Approves Measures Affecting Swaps and Pension Plans

November 14, 2011

  • U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up 11th Circuit PPACA Case
  • Council Registers Support for Defined Contribution Plan Leakage Legislation

November 11, 2011

  • D.C. Circuit Appeals Court Finds PPACA Individual Mandate Constitutional
  • TAA Extension Bill Affects Health Coverage Tax Credit and COBRA Coverage
  • Senate Committee Examines PPACA Delivery System, Quality Reforms
  • Upcoming Webinar Schedule: Are You Signed Up?

November 4, 2011

  • Bipartisan Letter Urges Supercommittee: Avoid Taxation of Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits
  • IRS: Certain Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents Need Not Obtain PTIN
  • Retirement Plan Reporting: IRS, PBGC Issue Guidance

November, 1, 2011

  • Council Comments on PPACA Premium Tax Credit
  • Supercommittee Holds Hearing on Prior Deficit Reduction Proposals
  • GAO Report: ERRP Funds to Run Out by September 2012

October 28, 2011

  • SEC Confirms "No Action" on DOL Fee Disclosure Requirements
  • PBGC Proposes Regulations for Terminated Hybrid Plan Valuations
  • House Oversight Subcommittee Examines PPACA, Health Premium Subsidies
  • DOL Issues Prohibited Transaction Exemption Procedural Regulations

October 24, 2011

  • DOL Issues Final Investment Advice Regulations
  • HHS Releases Final Regulations for ACOs, FTC/DOJ Issue Antitrust Enforcement Statement
  • Council Comments on PPACA Summary of Benefit Requirements
  • Changes Announced in IRS Retirement Limits, MSAs, Long-Term Care Premiums, Fringe Benefits for 2012 Plan Year

October 19, 2011

  • CBO Issues Report on Retirement Savings Tax Incentives
  • IRS to Host Webcast on Form W-2 Reporting under PPACA
  • Worker Misclassification Legislation Introduced in House, Senate
  • Second Circuit Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal in Citigroup "Stock Drop" Case

October 18, 2011

  • In Memoriam: Robert Gordon Chambers, Former Chair of the American Benefits Council Board of Directors

October 17, 2011

  • Council Writes Supercommittee on Retirement Policy Priorities
  • Council Testifies on Swaps and Pension Plans

October 14, 2011

  • House Panel Holds Hearing on PPACA Grandfather Plan Rules
  • IRS Issues Guidance on Hybrid Plan Regulations
  • CPDP Writes DOJ, FTC, CMS on Proposed ACO Regulations

October 12, 2011

  • Council Testifies on Swaps and Pension Plans
  • Bill Introduced to Allow Use of Retirement Funds for Mortgage Payments

October 7, 2011

  • IOM Issues Report on Essential Health Benefits Under PPACA
  • Senators Introduce Automatic IRA Legislation
  • IRS Provides Guidance on Pre-Approved Plans

September 27, 2011

  • Council, Other Business Groups Write PBGC Regarding Filing Issues
  • Council Comments on Stable Value Contracts under Dodd-Frank

September 26, 2011

  • White House Releases Additional Details of Deficit Reduction Proposal, Including PBGC Premium Increase

September 22, 2011

  • Council Provides Comments to Presidential Advisory Council on Financial Capability
  • IRS, DOL Step Up Worker Classification Efforts
  • Supercommittee Holds Hearing on Revenue Options, Tax Reform

September 19, 2011

  • EBSA to Re-propose Fiduciary Definition Regulations
  • Obama Deficit Reduction Plan Includes PBGC Premium Increases, Health Care Reforms

September 15, 2011

  • Senate Committee Discusses Retirement Tax Incentives; Council Shares Its Perspective with Committee
  • House Panel Holds Hearing on PPACA Grandfather Plan and MLR Rules

September 14, 2011

  • PBGC Provides Penalty Relief for Late Premiums, Premium Funding Target Elections

September 13, 2011

  • DOL Issues Guidance for Electronic Disclosure of 401(k) Fee Information
  • IRS Requests Additional Information on PPACA Affordability Safe Harbor for Employers

September 12, 2011

  • Council, Employer Groups Submit Recommendations to Treasury, IRS on Hybrid Plan Regulations
  • House Subcommittee Discusses Health Industry Consolidation
  • DOL to Host Webcast on 401(k) Plan Fee Transparency

September 8, 2011

  • Fourth Circuit Appeals Court Dismisses PPACA Challenge on Procedural Grounds
  • Legislation to Repeal Limits on HSAs, FSAs Introduced in Senate, House

September 7, 2011

  • DOL to Host Webcast on 401(k) Plan Fee Transparency
  • IRS Corrects Proposed Regulations on Performance-Based Compensation under 162(m)

September 6, 2011

  • Council Comments on Health Coverage Fee to Fund PCORI
  • Treasury, IRS Issue Priority Guidance Plan for 2011-2012
  • EBSA Amends FAQs Regarding COBRA Premium Assistance Program

August 30, 2011

  • Council Writes SEC on Proposed Business Conduct Standards Regulations
  • CCIIO Releases Guidance on Annual Limit Waivers for HRAs
  • IRS Issues Guidance on Annuity-Long-Term Care Contract

August 24, 2011

  • Regulatory Agencies Issue Final Plans for Streamlining Rules

August 22, 2011

  • Council Files Brief in Sixth Circuit "Stock Drop" Case

August 17, 2011

  • Administration Proposes Regulations on Required Summary of Benefits Under PPACA

August 12, 2011

  • Administration Proposes New Rules on Subsidy Eligibility, Health Insurance Exchanges
  • Appeals Court Decision Strikes Down PPACA Individual Mandate, Upholds Remainder of Law

August 10, 2011

  • Council Pushes for Availability of Medicare Data for Performance Measurement

August 5, 2011

  • Employee Benefits Provisions 'In Play' in Deficit Reduction Talks
  • French Tax Law Creates Compensation Compliance Issues for Employers

August 2, 2011

  • Council Submits Comments on Proposed HITECH Regulations for HIPAA Accounting of Disclosures
  • Senate Committee Examines PPACA Impact on Health Insurance Premiums
  • SEC Delays Certain Executive Compensation Rules

August 1, 2011

  • Rules Issued for Women's Preventive Care under PPACA, Original IFR Amended

July 29, 2011

  • PBGC Releases Updated Regulatory Agenda, Council Briefs Media on PBGC Premiums
  • PRA Technical Corrections Legislation Introduced

July 28, 2011

  • Council Writes IRS on Puerto Rico Plans
  • House Committees Examine Effect of PPACA on Employers

July 27, 2011

  • House Subcommittee Examines DOL Fiduciary Definition Project
  • Council Writes IRS Requesting FACTA Exemptions for Retirement Plans

July 25, 2011

  • Council Comments on Amended PPACA Claims and Appeals Regulations

July 19, 2011

  • Coburn Deficit Reduction Plan Includes PBGC Premium Provision

July 18, 2011

  • Council Comments on PPACA W-2 Interim Guidance

July 13, 2011

  • DOL Finalizes Extension of Applicability Dates for Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure

July 11, 2011

  • HHS Proposes Regulations for Health Exchanges, Risk and Reinsurance Standards
  • Council, Other Employer Groups Request Guidance on Electronic Disclosure, Participant Fee Regulations

July 7, 2011

  • Council Writes Congress Urging Caution on PBGC Premium Changes
  • DOL Releases Updated Regulatory Agenda

June 29, 2011

  • Appeals Court Decision Upholds PPACA Individual Mandate
  • IRS Extends Deadline for Reporting Separated Participants' Retirement Benefits

June 24, 2011

  • Letter Identifies Concerns with PBGC Review of Premium Filings
  • Swaps Roundup: Council Working to Resolve Business Conduct Standards Issue
  • IRS Proposes Regulations Clarifying Definition of Performance-Based Compensation under 162(m)

June 23, 2011

  • PPACA Claims and Appeals/External Review Rules Amended, New Guidance Issued

June 22, 2011

  • House Subcommittee Discusses Medicare Secondary Payer Program

June 20, 2011

  • HHS Revises PPACA Annual Limits Waiver Policy; GUIDANCE NOW AVAILABLE
  • GAO Issues Report on QSERPs
  • IASB Revises Accounting Standards for Pensions, Post-Employment Benefits

June 17, 2011

  • HHS Issues Guidance Revising PPACA Annual Limits Waiver Policy

June 16, 2011

  • IRS Extends Deadline for FBAR Filing
  • ERISA Advisory Council Announces Topics for Consideration in 2011

June 15, 2011

  • Council Responds to IRS Request for Comment on PPACA Shared Responsibility Provisions
  • Council Comments on DOL Extension of Applicability Dates for Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure
  • PGGC Finalizes Termination Rules for Companies in Bankruptcy
  • Bipartisan Tax Equity Legislation Introduced in Senate

June 14, 2011

  • Council President Testifies on Retirement Security Before House Subcommittee

June 9, 2011

  • IRS Releases Notice on Health Coverage Fee to Fund Comparative Effectiveness Program

June 7, 2011

  • Council Files Brief in Third Circuit Case Involving Asset Purchase Agreement and PJS Benefits
  • Bill Introduced to Increase Retiree Health Program Funding

June 6, 2011

  • Council Files Electronic Disclosure Comment Letter

June 3, 2011

  • CMS Issues Proposed Rule Releasing Medicare Claims Data
  • Bipartisan Tax Equity Legislation Introduced

June 2, 2011

  • Senate Finance Ranking Member Introduces HSA, FSA Expansion Measure
  • House Subcommittee Hearing Examines PPACA Regulatory Burden

May 31, 2011

  • Council Writes DOJ, FTC on Proposed ACO Regulations
  • DOL Proposes Extension of Applicability Dates for Fiduciary-Level Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure, Transition Rule for Participant-Level Disclosure
  • Regulatory Agencies Issue Preliminary Plans for Streamlining Rules
  • PBGC Approves Change to Investment Strategy

May 23, 2011

  • Council Gathering Feedback on Definition of Full-Time Employee Notice from Treasury Department and IRS
  • Supreme Court Rules In ERISA Cash Balance Conversion Case

May 18, 2011

  • Kohl, Enzi Introduce Legislation Addressing Defined Contribution Plan Leakage
  • Council Files Amicus Brief in Defined Contribution Plan Fee Case
  • IRS Releases 2012 Indexed Amounts for HSAs, HDHPs

May 13, 2011

  • Council Comments on State Waivers
  • Council Provides Comments to HHS on Regulatory Burden

May 5, 2011

  • HHS Secretary Sebelius Testifies Before House Committee
  • House Subcommittee Examines Public Pensions

May 4, 2011

  • House Approves PPACA De-Funding Legislation
  • Swaps Roundup

May 3, 2011

  • IRS Seeks Comment on PPACA Shared Responsibility Provisions
  • Senate Hears Testimony on Tax Incentives

May 2, 2011

  • GAO Examines Tax Incentives for Retirement Savings

April 29, 2011

  • Council Provides Comments to Treasury on Regulatory Burden
  • Swaps Issues Roundup

April 25, 2011

  • Swaps Issues Roundup: Policymakers Continue Discussions Relating to Pension Investments
  • ERISA Advisory Council Releases Recommendations to DOL

April 18, 2011

  • DOL Provides HHS with Report on Survey of Employer Health Plans
  • Council Provides Comments to PBGC on Regulatory Burden

April 15, 2011

  • DOL Still Processing Comments on Proposed Fiduciary Definition Regulations
  • Budget Update: House and Senate Pass 2011 Continuing Resolution, Vote to Defund PPACA Fails, House Passes 2012 Budget Bill
  • President Obama Signs Repeal of PPACA 1099 Provision into Law
  • Treasury, IRS Request Feedback on Priority Guidance Plan

April 13, 2011

  • Budget Update: 2012 Budget Committee Resolution Released
  • HHS Requests Input Related to Reducing Regulatory Burden
  • House Committee Discusses Tax Reform

April 12, 2011

  • Budget Update: 2011 Agreement Language Now Available, Includes Repeal of PPACA Free Choice Waivers
  • Council Joins HHS Partnership Seeking to Improve Preventive Care
  • District Court Rules for Broward County in Wellness Program Case
  • Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Financial Literacy

April 11, 2011

  • Budget Update: 2011 Deal Strips Free Choice Waivers, Mandates PPACA Repeal Vote; 2012 Proposal May Address Benefits Tax Incentives
  • Council Comments to IRS on Puerto Rico Plans

April 8, 2011

  • Council Provides Comments to DOL on Regulatory Burden

April 6, 2011

  • DOL Requests Information on Electronic Delivery
  • Senate Approves Repeal of PPACA 1099 Provision
  • DOL Announces Changes to 5500 Schedule SB and MB
  • House Committee Approves PPACA De-Funding Legislation

April 4, 2011

  • Agencies Issue New FAQs on PPACA Implementation

April 1, 2011

  • CMS Sets Deadline for ERRP Applications
  • New Information for PPACA W-2 Guidance
  • PBGC Requests Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden

March 31, 2011

  • HHS, CMS Propose Regulations for Accountable Care Organizations

March 30, 2011

  • PBGC to Re-Propose Reportable Events Rule
  • DOL Releases PPACA Study on Self-Insured Health Plans
  • New York Fed Developing Position on Derivatives Trades; Council, CIEBA Comment
  • DOL Extends Deadline for Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden
  • DOL Issues Fact Sheet on Definition of Fiduciary
  • Senate Committee Examines Impact of Tax Incentives

March 29, 2011

  • IRS Issues Guidance on Form W2 Treatment Under PPACA
  • DOL Releases Transcript of Fiduciary Definition Hearing Testimony
  • Treasury, Following DOL, Requests Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden

March 24, 2011

  • DOL Requests Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden

March 23, 2011

  • Council, AHIP Comment on Health Care Insurance Provider Compensation
  • Legislation Introduced to Repeal Dodd-Frank Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement

March 18, 2011

  • DOL Extends Grace Period for Internal Appeals Under PPACA

March 17, 2011

  • Senate Committees Discuss PPACA After One Year
  • Budget Committee Discusses Health & Retirement Policy
  • House Energy & Commerce Committee Examines CLASS Act

March 16, 2011

  • House Oversight Committee Hears Testimony on Mini-Med Waiver Program
  • Senate Aging Committee Discusses 401(k) Plans, GAO Issues New Report
  • DOL to Sponsor Fiduciary Responsibilities Webcast

March 14, 2011

  • Council Comments on Treasury/IRS Nondiscrimination Guidance Under PPACA
  • Legislation Introduced to Repeal FSA "Use-It-or-Lose-It" Provision

March 11, 2011

  • PBGC Releases Proposed Rule on Unpredictable Contingent Events
  • Employers Testify at House Hearing on Health Care Cost Pressures

March 10, 2011

  • Obama Administration Proposes Rules on State Waivers to Health Reform Law
  • HHS Administration on Aging Releases FAQ on CLASS
  • DOL Extends Time for Fiduciary Comments

March 7, 2011

  • Council Files Amicus Brief in Stock Drop Case
  • Additional Comment Time Requested of DOL Regarding Fiduciary Definition Regulations; Hearing Summary Now Available

March 3, 2011

  • House Approves Repeal of PPACA Section 1099 Requirements
  • CMS/CCIOO Issue Report on ERRP
  • IRS Updates Form Replacing Schedule SSA Filing
  • New Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code Signed into Law

March 1, 2011

  • Council Testifies Before DOL on Fiduciary Definition; GAO Issues Investment Advice Report
  • Council Comments on Value-Based Insurance Design and Preventive Services
  • CPDP Provides Feedback to HHS on Health Care Quality Initiatives
  • Council Comments on Swaps "Compression" Issues

February 28, 2011

  • President Obama Expresses Support for Legislation to Move Up PPACA State Waivers

February 24, 2011

  • Congress Preparing Response to GAO Target Date Fund Report
  • IRS Issues Final FBAR Regulations Considered Helpful Without Providing A Blanket Exception For Plans
  • Council Submits Comment Letters to CFTC Regarding Swaps Issues
  • IRS Issues Revenue Ruling Clarifying Termination Provisions for 403(b) Plans

February 18, 2011

  • House Votes to De-Fund PPACA During Spending Bill Debate
  • DOL/EBSA Schedules Investment Advice Hearing, Retirement Savings Webcast

February 17, 2011

  • House Ways and Means Committee Approves 1099 Repeal
  • House Judiciary Committee Approves Medical Malpractice Legislation
  • Education and Workforce Committee Discusses 2012 Budget with DOL Secretary Solis

February 16, 2011

  • House Committees Hear Testimony on PPACA
  • House Ways and Means Committee Hearing: 2012 Budget Proposal with HHS Secretary Sebelius
  • House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: CCIIO Issues, Including Annual Limit Waivers
  • House Judiciary Committee: PPACA Constitutionality

February 15, 2011

  • Council Testifies on Swaps Before Agriculture Subcommittee Panel
  • Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing Examines Public Pensions

February 14, 2011

  • Obama 2012 Budget Analysis: Health and Retirement Plan Proposals

February 11, 2011

  • OL Delays Applicability Date for Interim Final 408(b)(2) Regulations
  • House Agriculture Committee Hears Testimony on Dodd-Frank Bill

February 9, 2011

  • House Committees Hold Hearings on Health Care Legislation
  • Council Comments to CFTC on Swap Trade Rules
  • Survey Invitation: 401(k) Plan Fee Study

February 8, 2011

  • Council Continues Efforts to Extend Grace Period, Seek Changes for New Internal Claims and Appeals Standards
  • Senators Introduce Lifetime Income Disclosure Bill
  • The Council Remembers Nell Hennessy

February 4, 2011

  • Council Comments on Proposed Fiduciary Definition Regulations
  • Council Officers and Executive Board Members

February 3, 2011

  • Council Welcomes New Officers and Policy Board and Executive Board Members
  • Senate Rejects Outright PPACA Repeal, Approves 1099 Repeal During FAA Debate
  • Senate HELP Committee Hears Testimony on 401(k) Plans

January 31, 2011

  • Florida Federal District Court Strikes Down PPACA, Individual Mandate
  • Council Comments to Treasury on LEI Policy

January 26, 2011

  • Council Testifies Before IRS on Hybrid Plan Rules
  • Baucus, Johanns Introduce Dueling PPACA Reporting Repeal Measures

January 14, 2011

  • Comment Letter Regarding Hybrid Plans Submitted to IRS
  • Council Files Comment Letter Regarding Target Date Funds
  • DOL Announces Fiduciary Hearing and Extra Time for Comments

January 4, 2011

  • Council Files Comment Letter with CFTC Regarding Swaps
  • Preparers of Form 5500 Need Not Obtain PTIN