Court Provides Fiduciary Duty Guidance to Health Plans

While ERISA fiduciaries have often been challenged for allowing an ERISA retirement plan to pay excessive fees and expenses (such as in the context of a 401(k) plan), such claims have rarely been raised against ERISA fiduciaries of a group health plan. However, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently sued a group health plan raising excessive fee arguments (Acosta v. Chimes District of Columbia, Inc., et al.). In the decision, the court ruled in favor of the plan and fiduciaries, finding the plan fiduciaries met their obligations in relation to fees and set forth guidance on how fiduciaries should review health plan fees and expenses.

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Court Provides Fiduciary Duty Guidance to Health Plans – 062419R

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