WASHINGTON, DC – "Employer-sponsored health care coverage isn't just the coverage people like and want to keep – for many, it is the last line of defense in a public health crisis," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today. "That is why we call upon Congress to move quickly on the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act."
On September 2, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-68, providing guidance on certain provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 and the Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019 (the "Miners Act").
On August 28, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule establishing new policies and requirements for DOL agencies when issuing, modifying, withdrawing and using "guidance documents." For this purpose, the term "guidance document" generally means any subregulatory guidance or interpretations that are made available by DOL to the public. Guidance documents do not include regulations that are promulgated in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act's (APA) notice and comment requirements.
On August 10 the American Benefits Council submitted written comments on proposed regulations by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding direct primary care (DPC) arrangements. The Council's comments express support for DPC arrangements, identifies barriers to DPC arrangements and requests clarification on the interaction of DPC arrangements and account-based plans.