Health Care Reform Updates: Final Regulations and Technical Release Issued

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The past couple of weeks have been busy ones for the Department of Labor (“DOL”), the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) and the Department of Treasury (“DOT”) (collectively, the “Departments”). Since February 9, 2012, the Departments have issued two sets of final regulations and a Technical Release bulletin, providing some long-awaited guidance on a variety of requirements under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), the health care reform legislation signed into law under President Obama in early 2010. Links to the regulations, the Technical Release and additional materials can be found on the DOL’s PPACA Regulations and Guidance web page.

Technical Release Regarding Automatic Enrollment, Employer Shared Responsibility and Waiting Periods

On February 9, 2012, the Departments issued Technical Release 2012-01, which provides information regarding the PPACA provisions governing automatic enrollment, employer shared responsibility and the 90-day limitation on waiting periods. The Technical Release provides a Question and Answer discussion on each of these issues, including approaches that the Departments are considering for future regulations.

Importantly, the Departments also announced that the automatic enrollment guidance will not be ready to take effect by 2014. Until final regulations are issued and applicable, employers are not required to comply with this requirement. Keep an eye out for proposed regulations on each of these requirements under PPACA.

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