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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane ERISA Partner Katherine Hesse Elected as Advisory Director of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits

Katherine A. Hesse, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, and Chair of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Government Liaison Committee, was recently elected to become a member of the Board of Directors when the group convened for their annual midyear board and committee meetings at the end of July in Girdwood, Alaska. Ms. Hesse will begin her term as an Advisory Director starting January 1, 2020 and will serve through December 31, 2022.

The International Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of labor trustees, management trustees and benefit plan administrators (salaried and contract) of multiemployer or single employer employee benefit plans in the United States and Canada. The eight Advisory Directors are respected practitioners in professions in or related to the employee benefits field, such as accountants, actuaries, attorneys, consultants and investment advisors, as well as nationally prominent persons in such areas as education, government, labor, and management. The election makes Ms. Hesse one of two attorneys serving as an Advisory Director.

In addition to being voted in as an Advisory Director, Ms. Hesse also presented the annual Government Liaison Committee midyear update to the Board of Directors. She will be presenting on suspension of pension benefits because of prohibited employment at their annual meeting in San Diego on October 22, 2019.

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Statutory Regulations Released for Interagency Review of Complex Cases

On March 1, 2024, EOHHS and DESE released the long-awaited, final adoption of the regulations governing the Interagency Review of Complex Cases (published as 101 CMR 27.00). These regulations had been anticipated since the Massachusetts Legislature passed “An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health” in August, 2022. The purpose of the law is the establishment of a team that will collaborate on complex cases where there is an urgent need to address a lack of consensus between state agencies about the service needs or placement of an individual. This replaces what was known as the Unified Planning Team, or “UPT”. The co-chairs of the IRT will be the secretary (or a designee) from EOHHS and the commissioner (or a designee) of DESE.

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Statutory Regulations Released for Interagency Review of Complex Cases

On March 1, 2024, EOHHS and DESE released the long-awaited, final adoption of the regulations governing the Interagency Review of Complex Cases (published as 101 CMR 27.00). These regulations had been anticipated since the Massachusetts Legislature passed “An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health” in August, 2022. The purpose of the law is the establishment of a team that will collaborate on complex cases where there is an urgent need to address a lack of consensus between state agencies about the service needs or placement of an individual. This replaces what was known as the Unified Planning Team, or “UPT”. The co-chairs of the IRT will be the secretary (or a designee) from EOHHS and the commissioner (or a designee) of DESE.

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