Labor Department Annual Self-Insured Health Plan Report To Congress Released


The U.S. Department of Labor (Labor Department) submitted to Congress its 2012 Annual Report on Self-Insured Group Health Plans (2012 HP Report) today (May 4, 2012). 

The 2012 HP Report is the second the Labor Department has prepared to comply with the requirement of  Section 1253 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act”) that the Labor Secretart prepare an aggregate annual report that includes certain general information on self-insured group health plans using data collected from the Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan (the “Form 5500”), as well as certain data from financial filings of self-insured employers.

The Labor Department provided the the first report, Annual Report on Self-Insured Group Health Plans, March 2011 (March 2011 Report)to Congress in March 2011.  

Section I of the 2012 HP Report presents aggregate statistics describing self-insured plans that file a Form 5500 – generally, private-sector employee health plans that cover 100 or more participants or hold assets in trust.

 Section II of the 2012 HP Report presents certain available financial information on employers that sponsor such plans.  Section III shares various Labor Department conclusions relating to the 2012 HP Report data.

Along with the 2012 HP Report, the Labor Department also included two additional documents as Appendixes:

  • Appendix A, Group Health Plans Report: Abstract of 2009 Form 5500 Annual Reports Reflecting Statistical Year Filings, provides detailed statistics describing group health plans that file a Form 5500; and
  •  Appendix B, Self-Insured Health Benefit Plans 2012, presents a study that explores statistical issues associated with Form 5500 health plan data and analyzes available data on the financial status of employers that sponsor group health plans filing the Form 5500.

The 2012 HP Report shares and discusses various implications of statistics relating to practices and other elements of self-insured plans.  Among other things, the 2012 HP Report indicates that Sponsors of self-insured plans generally bear the risk associated with paying their plans’ covered health expenses. In contrast, sponsors of fully-insured plans generally pay premiums to insurers and transfer all such risk to them. Some sponsors retain the risk for a subset of benefits, but transfer the risk for the remaining benefits to health insurers – that is, they finance their plans’ benefits using a mixture of self-insurance and insurance.

A complete copy of the Report is available for review here.

For Help or More Information

If you need additional information about Affordable Care Act or other help with reviewing and updating, administering or defending your group health or other employee benefit, human resources, insurance, health care matters or related documents or practices, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer.

A Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefit Council, immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) RPTE Employee Benefits & Other Compensation Group and current Co-Chair of its Welfare Benefit Committee, Vice-Chair of the ABA TIPS Employee Benefits Committee, a council member of the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, and past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group, Ms. Stamer is recognized, internationally, nationally and locally for her more than 24 years of work, advocacy, education and publications on cutting edge health and managed care, employee benefit, human resources and related workforce, insurance and financial services, and health care matters. 

A board certified labor and employment attorney widely known for her extensive and creative knowledge and experienced with these and other employment, employee benefit and compensation matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises and assists employers, employee benefit plans, their sponsoring employers, fiduciaries, insurers, administrators, service providers, insurers and others to monitor and respond to evolving legal and operational requirements and to design, administer, document and defend medical and other welfare benefit, qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation and retirement, severance and other employee benefit, compensation, and human resources, management and other programs and practices tailored to the client’s human resources, employee benefits or other management goals.  A primary drafter of the Bolivian Social Security pension privatization law, Ms. Stamer also works extensively with management, service provider and other clients to monitor legislative and regulatory developments and to deal with Congressional and state legislators, regulators, and enforcement officials concerning regulatory, investigatory or enforcement concerns. 

Recognized in Who’s Who In American Professionals and both an American Bar Association (ABA) and a State Bar of Texas Fellow, Ms. Stamer serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Employee Benefits News, the editor and publisher of Solutions Law Press HR & Benefits Update and other Solutions Law Press Publications, and active in a multitude of other employee benefits, human resources and other professional and civic organizations.   She also is a widely published author and highly regarded speaker on these matters. Her insights on these and other matters appear in the Bureau of National Affairs, Spencer Publications, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Business Journal, the Houston Business Journal, Modern Health Care and many other national and local publications.   You can learn more about Ms. Stamer and her experience, review some of her other training, speaking, publications and other resources, and register to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns from Ms. Stamer here.

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If you found this update of interest, you also may be interested in reviewing some of the other updates and publications authored by Ms. Stamer available including:

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©2012 Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C.  Non-exclusive right to republish granted to Solutions Law Press, Inc. All other  rights reserved.

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