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Action Required for Health Plans and Their Business Associates

Early last year, the Department of Health and Human Services issued final privacy and security regulations (Final Rule) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The Final Rule, effective...more

Monthly Benefits Update

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court held that regulations under the Affordable Care Act that require employer group health plans to provide contraceptive coverage violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)....more

Final Regulations on Orientation Periods Released

On June 20, the Federal regulatory agencies in charge of health care reform guidance (the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services) released final regulations (“Final Regulations”) clarifying the...more

The Waiting is the Hardest Part: Final Regulations on the PPACA’s 90-Day Waiting Period Released

On February 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly released...more

Final Regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

On November 8, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (collectively, the "Departments") jointly issued final regulations under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (the...more

The Affordable Care Act Creates Compliance Challenges For HRAs And Other Arrangements

On September 13, 2013 the U.S. Department of the Treasury (IRS), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), collectively referred to herein as the Departments, coordinated...more

Employers, Remember Your SBC and New Template!

Employers conducting their annual group health plan open enrollments this fall must remember to include a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC), along with a uniform glossary to that SBC, as required by the Affordable Care...more

Sponsors Of Group Health Plans Must Take Action To Comply With The Upcoming September 23, 2013 HIPAA Compliance Deadline

In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final regulations which revised existing regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). ...more

Business Associate Agreements: Time to Update

If you sponsor a group health plan that is subject to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, it is time to review and potentially update your business associate agreements....more

Breach Notification: New Rules!

If you sponsor a group health plan that is subject to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, it is time to review and revise your policies and procedures and re-train your employees regarding the proper procedures when...more

Final Wellness Rules May Require Review of Existing Wellness Programs

Final wellness regulations were issued by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) on June 3, 2013 and apply to employer-sponsored group health plans for plan years beginning on or...more

Agencies Provide Guidance on Additional Health Care Reform Changes Impacting Non-Grandfathered Employer Group Health Plans

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) during the first half of the year issued guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (the “FAQs”) on certain...more

Final Wellness Regulations Clarify Rules For Discounts Linked To Health Results

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the three federal agencies with primary responsibility for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...more

Final HIPAA Regulations Impact Group Health Plans

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) sets forth rules to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information that is held by “covered entities,” such as group health plans....more

Health Care Reform Update: Proposed Rules Issued On 90-Day Limit Placed On Waiting Periods For Health Coverage

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the "Act") will prohibit group health plans and group health insurers from imposing waiting periods greater than 90 days of employment....more

Healthcare Law -- May 21, 2013

Clearing up the Rumors around Health Reform Delays: What Really Happened, What Won’t and Steps Employers and Insurers Can Take Now - Rumors are flying in health policy circles that the Obama Administration might delay...more

Agencies Issue New FAQs Regarding Implementation of ACA

The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (the “Agencies”) jointly issued yesterday a document entitled “FAQs about the Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XV” (“FAQs”) addressing four...more

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

Monthly Benefits Update - March 2013

Health Care Reform: Agencies Issue Proposed Regulations on 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation - On March 21, the IRS, DOL, and Department of Health and Human Services issued proposed regulations on the 90-day waiting...more

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Alert: New HIPAA regulations for sponsors of group health plans

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released its final regulations – also known as the “Final Rule” or “Omnibus Rule” – modifying the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules...more

Burr Alert: Employer Obligations Under New HIPAA Rules

With all of the attention garnered by healthcare reform, it would be easy to overlook the new HIPAA rules (the "Rules") applicable to covered entities under HIPAA, which include employer group health plans. Compliance with...more

Agencies Propose Regulations on the 90-Day Waiting Period Requirement

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury have released a joint set of proposed regulations implementing the requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that group health plans...more

New HIPAA Regulations Require Action From Group Health Plans

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which implement changes made by the Health...more

New HIPAA Regulations Require Action by Group Health Plans

Final HIPAA privacy and security regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services will require action by group health plan sponsors by September 2013....more

Finalized ACA Regulations on Transitional Reinsurance Program Premiums and Potential Effects for Employer-Sponsored Group Health...

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released final regulations regarding the transitional reinsurance program fee effective in CY 2014. ...more

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