Welfare and Pension Reports laws & compensation compliance analysis

Welfare and Pension Reports: What you need to know

What do employers need to consider regarding benefits recordkeeping and disclosures? The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) provides extensive reporting and disclosure and other administrative requirements for employee benefit plans. The law and regulations also provide for numerous exemptions from the various requirements.
Additional disclosure requirements apply to health plans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added many additional reporting, disclosure, and notice requirements for health plans and insurers, including additional internal and external appeal requirements for health insurers and group health plans.
Employers must also consider the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage provisions that impose reporting and disclosure requirements on health plans that cover Medicare-eligible individuals. Additionally, the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) imposes reporting and notice requirements.
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ERISA has extensive reporting and disclosure requirements for pension, profit-sharing, stock bonus plans, and most “welfare plans” (i.e., health care, life insurance, prepaid legal services, disability insurance). Forms and documents may have to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC). Others go directly to plan participants.
In general, ERISA “preempts” (i.e., overrides) state law. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. ERISA does not supersede state insurance laws, so group health and life insurance plans are subject to state insurance mandates. Self-insured plans are exempt from state regulation.
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