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Will § 4980H Require Judicial Amendment Too?

Absent applicable transitional relief, most of which vanishes after 2015, an ACA Applicable Large Employer that fails to offer Minimum Essential Coverage to at least 70% of its 2015 full-time employees and their dependents...more

Government Finalizes Religious Accommodation, But What About Health Plans, TPAs and PBMs?

In a set of rules published last week, the government finalized a July 2010 interim final rule (“IFR”) related to coverage of certain preventive services and an August 2014 IFR regarding the definition of an eligible...more

Final Regulations Issued Concerning ACA’s Preventive Services Mandate

Last week the Agencies (DOL, HHS and IRS) issued final regulations concerning ACA’s preventive services mandate. This mandate requires non-grandfathered plans to cover specific preventive services, such as immunizations,...more

Reminder: Non-Grandfathered Plans Must Implement Embedded Out-of-Pocket Maximums

As employers and plans prepare for 2016 open enrollment, they must be sure to address in their benefit design and with their third party vendors the new embedded out-of-pocket maximum limitations on individuals that were...more

Agencies Issue Final Regulations on the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Requirements

As promised in the FAQ issued on March 30, 2015, the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (the Departments) have issued final regulations regarding the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC)...more

IRS Notice 2015-43 Addresses Expatriate Health Coverage

New guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) leaves in place the limited Affordable Care Act (ACA) exemptions set out in the Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014 (EHCCA). IRS Notice 2015-43 (Notice)...more

Agencies issue proposed regulation on summary of benefits and coverage and uniform glossary

In December of 2014, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor (“DOL”), the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) (collectively, the...more

Alert: Health Plan Update on Out-of-Pocket Limitations

The Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) established limitations on the annual out-of-pocket costs that a health plan may impose on a participant. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and the...more

Agencies Clarify Cost-Sharing Limits Under the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) have issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarifying the limitations on cost sharing under...more

Employer Paid Individual Health Insurance Policies Create the Potential for Significant Penalties, But Limited Relief Is Available

Despite guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) indicating the prohibition of the practice under the Affordable Care Act...more

EEOC Proposes Regulatory Clarification on the Application of the ADA to Employer Wellness Program Incentives

Action Item: Employers who already have, or are considering implementing, wellness programs that involve cost-sharing reductions or other financial incentives for participants should carefully review their programs given the...more

EEOC Proposes Wellness Program Rule

In April 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that would amend the regulations and interpretive guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they...more

Issue 91: Agencies Issue Guidance on Wraparound Coverage and Supplemental Insurance Products as Excepted Benefits

This is the ninety-first issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics in health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of certain aspects...more

Wellness Watch: Guidance Is (Almost) Here

In December 2014, we highlighted the challenges that employers have been facing in ensuring that their wellness programs are not in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Genetic Information...more

HHS releases HIPAA guidance on workplace wellness programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued guidance on “HIPAA Privacy and Security and Workplace Wellness Programs.” The guidance helps employers determine whether or not the health information it may...more

New HHS Regulations “Clarify” that Health Plans Covering Families Must Have “Embedded” Individual Cost-Sharing Limits

On February 27, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016. The lengthy regulation covers a wide range of topics affecting group health...more

2014 – June, 30 2015 Relief from Employer Excise Tax for Small Employer & S Corporation Payment or Reimbursement of Individual...

Beginning in 2014, a violation of certain healthcare reform rules, such as offering a health plan with annual dollar limits or not providing full preventive care with no employee cost, requires employers to pay an excise tax...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing...more

Proposed Regulations for Summary of Benefits and Coverage Seek to Simplify Compliance

As part of Health Care Reform, employers and insurers are required to provide group health plan participants with a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) describing the important features of the group health plan option(s)...more

Agencies Green Light Pilot Program to Allow Limited Wrap-Around Coverage for Health Insurance Policies Purchased on an Exchange

Under proposed rules recently issued by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and HHS, employers may participate in a pilot program where they offer certain wraparound coverage as an “excepted benefit” to part-time employees,...more

New Proposed Rules Streamline ACA Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Disclosure Requirement

In a very welcome development for health insurance issuers and employers who sponsor self-funded group health plans, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and HHS have issued joint new proposed regulations that will streamline...more

Obama Administration Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Summary of Benefits and Coverage Document and Requirements

On December 30, 2014, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (collectively, “Departments”) issued a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) regarding the summary of benefits and coverage (“SBC”) for use...more

EAPs That Meet Four Requirements May Avoid Application of Health Care Reform

Benefits provided through an employee assistance program (“EAP”) may be considered group health plan coverage, which would subject the EAP to the health care reform requirements mandated by HIPAA and the Health Care Reform...more

Legal Alert: Ring in the New Year with New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Requirements for 2015

On December 30, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services published a joint notice of proposed rulemaking modifying the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) final regulations issued in 2012. In...more

Excepted Benefits: Final regulations provide guidance on dental, vision and employee assistance plans

The Departments of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) have recently published final regulations related to when limited scope dental and vision benefits and employee assistance programs...more

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