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Autism Benefits: DOL Enforcement for Sufficient Coverage

On May 22, 2023
About 1 in 36 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder, which is a lifelong condition that can affect a person’s behavior, communication, interactions, and ability to learn. The Department of Labor (DOL) continues strongly advocating for more comprehensive autism coverage under group health plans and Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has been working to ensure individuals who need treatment are able to access it. The Phia Group is also working hard to ensure plans are offering robust benefits while remaining compliant with mental health parity laws.

New Year, New Rules – But Don’t Forget About the Old Ones

On January 3, 2023
The self-funded health plan industry continues to evolve every year based on new rules, guidance, and medical advancements; however, the Department of Labor (DOL) doesn’t overlook old rules either. In case you missed it, there was a case in mid-2022 that seeks to remind us that the DOL is still considering all Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules when they review complaints and perform audits. In Walsh v. Board of Trustees of Local 272 Welfare Fund and Local 272 Welfare Fund, 22-cv-592 (S.D.N.Y August 2, 2022), the DOL filed suit against a Taft-Hartley welfare plan and its trustees for alleged violations of certain amendments that the ACA made to ERISA, including the maintenance of grandfathered status.