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Legislative Update Report No. 2013-09 -- May 10, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Physician Cuts Averted, Hospitals to Carry Portion of Price Tag

Avoiding sending American taxpayers over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress enacted the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) [PDF] that was signed into law on January 2, 2013. Of biggest note, the Act included...more

Healthcare Provisions In The American Taxpayer Relief Act - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

In late night action on December 31, 2012, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was passed by the Senate and finalized days later by Congress and the President with a set of tax and spending policy provisions...more

2013 Enforcement Predictions

I always like to make predictions at the beginning of each year. My track record is plus and minus – sometimes on target, sometimes off-target. The biggest story in the last five years has been the rise of FCPA...more

2013 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties and excise taxes. To...more

Funding Said Top Medical Research Area In 2013; Common Rule, COI Also Make List

Originally published in Medical Research Law & Policy Report, 12 MRLR 4, 01/02/2013. Regardless of what happens with the fiscal cliff negotiations in Congress and the Obama administration, research funding will...more

Summary Of HUD’s New Draft LEAN Loan Documents, December 21, 2012

On September 7, 2012, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published new regulations for the Section 232 Healthcare Facility Insurance Program in the Federal Register. FHA had previously proposed new regulations and loan...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), December 19, 2012

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim is to...more

2012-2013 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits Published by DOL and Treasury

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. - On December 24, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its 2012 Semi-Annual...more

Obamacare – Will the New Taxes Impact Me?

Political debate for the past two years has focused on the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more recently called “Obamacare,” and the taxes enacted by Congress to help pay for it. With the national...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - December 21, 2012

In this issue: - Nallengara to Replace Cross as Corp. Fin. Chief - FINRA Rule Relating to Private Placements of Securities Effective December 3 - Additional Guidance on FINRA’s Suitability Rule - No-Action...more

New Year, New Laws: Insurers Face New California Requirements in 2013

Insurers should be aware of several pieces of legislation signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September after the close of the 2011-12 legislative session. The new laws will impact a number of types of insurance...more

Healthcare Reform and New mHealth Business Opportunities: What mHealth Entrepreneurs Should Know After the Presidential Election

Originally published in mHealth Newsletter on November 14, 2012 mHealth investors and mHealth entrepreneurs may struggle to understand what business opportunities are present in the U.S. healthcare system since the...more

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), October 31, 2012

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our...more

Employee Benefits Update - November 2012

In This Issue: - All Qualified Plans “To Do” List - Section 401(k) Plans “To Do” List - Defined Contribution Plans (Other Than Section 401(k) Plans) “To Do” List - Defined Benefit Plans “To Do” List -...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - November 2012

In This Issue: - Editors' Overview - Second Circuit Rules That Amending A Multiemployer Plan Is Not a Fiduciary Act, But Leaves Many Questions Unanswered - How ACA Modifies ERISA's Benefit Claims...more

Medicare and Medicaid Reforms Coming in a Second Obama Administration

While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaigned on the promise to repeal the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and to reform Medicare and Medicaid, their defeat does not mean the health industry should expect no...more

Benefits Update, No. 4, November 2012: Will You Be Ready For 2013?

2013 will mark not just the start of a new calendar year, but also new compliance obligations for employee benefits professionals. Now is the time to review your employee benefit plans and take the steps necessary to ensure...more

Benefits Update - November 2012, No. 4

In This Issue: - Will You Be Ready For 2013? By Callan Carter (San Francisco) and Patricia Harris (Atlanta): 2013 will mark not just the start of a new calendar year, but also new compliance obligations for employee...more

Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties and excise taxes. To...more

What You Need to Know About Health Savings Accounts

Is a health saving account (“HSA”) right for you? Find out in the article below which summarizes what a HSA is, who is eligible to establish one, types of expenses that can be paid with HSA funds, increases to HSA limits in...more

Summary of IHL Report on Medicaid Expansion

Recently, the University Research Center at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) issued a report titled The Fiscal and Economic Impacts of Medicaid Expansion in Mississippi, 2014-2025. As the title suggests,...more

Congressional Research Service Finds Sequestration Would Have “Somewhat Limited” Effect on Health Reform Spending

An October 1, 2012 report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) analyzes the impact of impending across-the-board cuts to Federal spending known as “sequestration” on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ...more

End of Year Action Items – Plan Now for 2012-2013 Compliance

With year-end fast approaching, now is the time for plan sponsors to review their employee benefit plans to ensure that they have been updated for any changes in the law, that required notices have been distributed, and to...more

Obama Extends Critical Immigration Programs

Critical EB-5 Regional Center, E-Verify, and Physician Conrad 30 Programs Reauthorized Until September 30, 2015 - Foreign Physicians Face New Licensure Hurdles On September 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law S....more

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