Russell E. Greenblatt

Russell E. Greenblatt

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Novel IRS Guidance on HRAs, VEBAs and Domestic Partner Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently provided guidance on several issues never before addressed. The guidance came in the form of a Private Letter Ruling (PLR), to be released later this year to the public under the...more

3/3/2014 - FOIA HRA IRS Private Letter Rulings

Defense of Marriage Act Ruling Has Multiple Effects on Benefit Plans

On June 26, the US Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled that DOMA’s federal exclusion of state-recognized...more

7/4/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits Equal Protection Income Taxes Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Departments Release Waiting Period Regulations for Group Health Plans

On March 18, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (the Departments) issued joint proposed regulations on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s prohibition of waiting periods of longer...more

4/3/2013 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employer Group Health Plans Healthcare HHS Statutory Waiting Period U.S. Treasury

IRS and US Department of Labor Continue to Expand, Encourage and Simplify Correction Programs in 2013 Updates to EPCRS and DFVCP

Plan sponsors know that errors and failures in administering a retirement plan happen. All too often, changes in administrators, service providers and other staff uncover errors and compliance problems that should be...more

3/1/2013 - Benefit Plan Sponsors EBSA EPCRS ERISA IRS Retirement Plan

IRS Releases Proposed and Final Regulations regarding Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits

On January 30, the Internal Revenue Service released proposed and final regulations regarding the health insurance premium tax credit and the requirement that an employer maintain minimum essential coverage under the...more

2/8/2013 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance IRS Tax Credits

HHS Releases Language for Use in Updating Business Associate Agreements

On January 25, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its highly anticipated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Final Rule (Final Rule). The Final Rule covers many topics,...more

2/7/2013 - Business Associates Covered Entities Data Protection HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule PHI

Significant New Fees for Group Health Plans in 2014-2016

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed regulations in the Federal Register on December 7 which provide guidance regarding the Transitional Reinsurance Program (the Program). The Program will be...more

12/29/2012 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans HHS

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