U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. February 8, 2019. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

Even as 2021 draws to a close, we're still having trouble escaping the pull of 2020. For employers and other sponsors of health and welfare plans, that means reckoning with the new regulations mandated by the Consolidation Appropriations Act (CAA) signed into law during the last days of 2020. The pandemic delayed the planned rollout of many of the CAA's new compliance regulations, but 2022 will bring a whole new batch of requirements that, taken together, will significantly alter the calculus of sponsors when making decisions about their plan.

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