By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff
EBSA’s regulatory agenda for Fall 2018, which outlines regulations that have been selected for review or development during the next year, includes a few benefits-related items.
Proposed rule stage. Included in EBSA’s proposed rule stage are regulations that would increase the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), expand employers' ability to offer HRAs to their employees, and allow HRAs to be used in conjunction with nongroup coverage. EBSA indicates that these rules will be published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2018.
Final rule stage. Included in the final rule stage are regulations that will expand the exemption for health plans from requirements to provide coverage for contraceptive items and service for entities that object to providing such coverage based on religious beliefs and moral convictions. Interim final rules were issued in October 2017, but in December 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted a preliminary injunction enjoining the government from enforcing those rules in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Trump.
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