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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 21: Self-Funded Group Health Plans, the Affordable Care Act...

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) ushered in broad national standards aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. health care system. Referred to generically as...more

8/5/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Healthcare HHS HIPAA HPID

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 26: Fitting a Round Peg (the Public Health Service Act 90-day...

The Departments of the Treasury/IRS, Labor and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) recently issued a final regulation under the 90-day waiting period limitation, which is included among the Affordable Care Act’s...more

6/30/2014 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employer Mandates ERISA Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS IRC IRS PHSA U.S. Treasury

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 41: What Employers Need to Know About the Final Rules Issued...

The last few weeks have produced a regulatory frenzy under various provisions of the Affordable Care Act affecting employers...more

3/18/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS

Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services Issue Final and Proposed Regulations Implementing the 90-day Limit...

The Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) generally prevents an otherwise eligible employee (or dependent) from having to wait more than 90 days before coverage becomes effective under a group health plan. The regulation of waiting...more

3/5/2014 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employee Benefits ERISA Healthcare HHS U.S. Treasury Waiting Periods

Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury Issue Proposed Regulations Governing “Excepted Benefits”

A handful of recent guidance items that the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury have issued make some important changes related to the regulation of “excepted benefits.” These changes are driven in...more

2/4/2014 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employee Assistance Programs Employee Benefits Healthcare HHS U.S. Treasury Wraparound Coverage

Cafeteria Plans, the Affordable Care Act, and Continued Compliance with the Massachusetts Free-Rider Surcharge Requirement—New...

Established as a part of the comprehensive 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law, the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector (a/k/a the “Connector”) served as a model for the American Health Benefit Exchanges that are a...more

8/2/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare HHS Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

The New HIPAA Omnibus Rule & Your Liability — A Detailed Review

As we have reported in this blog, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released final regulations containing modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and...more

2/18/2013 - Business Associates Cloud Computing Covered Entities Data Breach ERISA Fundraisers HHS HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Marketing Notice Requirements OCR PHI Privacy Rule Risk Assessment Subcontractors Training

DOL, IRS, and HHS Put the Brakes on Stand-Alone HRAs Used to Access Health Insurance Coverage in the Individual Market

In a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted to the Department of Labor’s website on January 24, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (the “Departments”) put a stop to an approach to...more

2/4/2013 - Defined Contribution Plans DOL Employer Group Health Plans Health Insurance HHS HRA IRS

HHS Issues Proposed Regulations Implementing Reinsurance Fees Paid by Carriers and Group Health Plans Under the Affordable Care...

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Act) fundamentally changes the way that health insurance is regulated in the United States. These changes are part of an ambitious statutory scheme that comprehensively reforms...more

1/2/2013 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance HHS Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Reinsurance

HHS Issues Comprehensive “Essential Health Benefits” Proposed Regulations

Commencing in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Act) requires that health insurance coverage provided in the individual and small group markets, including coverage offered through American Health Benefit...more

12/15/2012 - Affordable Care Act Benchmarks Essential Health Benefits Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges HHS Lifetime Limits

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