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The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on ERISA’s Plan Document and Summary Plan Description Requirements: Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health...

Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health Plan educates employers on the basics of the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governing plan documents and summary plan descriptions. The lessons are...more

Massachusetts Employers Face $200 Million Increase in Health Care Costs under MassHealth Amendments

On August 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care” (the “Act”). The purpose of the Act is to shore up the finances of the...more

New Guidance on Coverage for Eating Disorders

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services recently released a frequently asked question (“FAQ”) regarding the implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction...more

Health Alert (Australia) 14 August 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 10 August 2017 - Inquest into the Death of Stephen Herczeg 57/2016 (1808/2016) - The said Court finds that Stephen Herczeg aged 72...more

Senate Rejects Proposals to Repeal and Replace Affordable Care Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Senate Republicans failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week. After voting to proceed with debate on the American Health Care Act, which was passed by the House in May, the Senate...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 8

Below is a summary of significant health care reform developments over the past two weeks. GOP Repeal and Replace Efforts Stalled. After releasing a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on July 13,...more

Third Circuit Rules That Johnson Controls Did Not Promise Lifetime Health Benefits

The Third Circuit rejected a claim for lifetime health insurance benefits filed by retired employees of Johnson Controls, finding that the clear and unambiguous language of the CBAs and group insurance booklets did not...more

After GOP fails to repeal Obamacare, what’s next for U.S. health care?

As the late, sultry diva Peggy Lee used to croon: Is that all there is? The Republicans in Washington, after seven years of trying and dozens of faux earlier votes, have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 7

All eyes are on the Senate at the moment as efforts to round-up support for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) continue. Developments over the past week are summarized below....more

Updated Health Care Reform Legislation Comparison Chart

The chart below compares key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This chart is current as of July 13, 2017, and as of that date,...more

Senate's Updated Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act Changes Provisions Affecting Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate Republicans on July 13, 2017, released an updated discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As we have outlined in a...more

Self Insured Groups Save 50% More On Healthcare Coverage with this One - Two Punch: Triage and Customized Quota Share (Rebate)...

by Slim Ventures LLC on

Medium and large employers have found that they can save an average of 30% self insuring the health care of their employees. And while policymakers and pundits lament the need for healthcare reform, self insured groups...more

Recent Mental Health Parity Guidance — A Good Reminder to Review Your Health Plan for Compliance

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) generally requires that the financial requirements and treatment limitations that apply to mental health and substance use disorder (“MH/SUD”) benefits...more

Over 4th, GOP senators seek independence from their health care jam

Republicans in the U.S. Senate will spend a long Fourth of July break trying to figure if they can repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, with their Better Care Reconciliation Act, aka Trumpcare. Their...more

Better Care Reconciliation Act – Key Takeaways for Employers and Plan Sponsors

On June 22, 2017, the Senate released its much anticipated health care reform legislation – the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”) (linked to amended version released June 26, 2017). In many respects the BCRA is similar...more

Baker Administration Submits Revised Health Care Proposal to Legislature

On Tuesday June 20, the Baker Administration submitted to the legislature a package of insurance reforms and assessments for inclusion in the FY2018 budget. The proposal represents the most recent plan aimed at curbing rising...more

Employer Health Insurance Legislation Update: The Better Care Act

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Last week the Senate released draft legislation entitled “The Better Care Act.” aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Below is a summary of the Act and its potential impact on Iowa employers. ...more

Here We Go Again - The Senate’s Health Reform Bill

by Winstead PC on

Late last week the Senate released its version of a health reform bill (the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” or the “Senate bill”) to fix the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “PPACA”). The Senate Bill...more

Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers in Senate's Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

U.S. Senate Republicans on June 22, 2017, released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The BCRA follows on the heels of the...more

Why Isn’t My “Free” Preventive Health Care Free?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In my opinion, one of the best changes made by the Affordable Care Act is the mandate that requires health plans to provide certain specified preventive services without imposing any cost sharing. This is sometimes referred...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 5

The Senate’s health care reform bill was released today, and we will report on that separately. In the meantime, below are key health care reform developments from the week of June 12th....more

NLRB Rules That Employers Have a Duty to Bargain Over ACA-Mandated Group Health Benefit Changes

On May 16, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision holding an employer has the duty to bargain with a union over changes to a group health plan even though the changes were mandated by the...more

The Rise of the Group Health Insurance Captive

With its “employer mandate”—i.e., the requirement that applicable large employers make an offer of group health coverage to substantially all full-time employees or face the prospect of a penalty—the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...more

Fifth Circuit’s Pierre Deference In ERISA Cases Trumps Texas’s Anti-Discretionary Language Statute

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 7072(5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), which involved a claim for benefits under an ERISA-governed health policy, the Fifth Circuit held that...more

ERISA: 4 Quick Responses to Claimant’s Typical Challenges to Disability Benefit Denials

How do you respond to typical arguments by those seeking ERISA-governed disability benefits that the claim administrator: -“cherry-picked the record”; -ignored the social security disability determination; -improperly...more

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