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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

More Guidance Issued on Summaries of Benefits and Coverage

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a set of frequently asked questions, together with a new template, for the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) that applies to group health plans and individual health insurance. The...more

What Employers Need to Know About Healthcare Reform for 2013

As the end of 2012 approaches, we consider what a notable year it has been for the future of healthcare reform, starting with the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of the Patient Protection and...more

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ALERT: Deadlines loom for 2012 health care reform compliance by Jim Prince

While the timeline for health care reform calls for a phasing in of its key initiatives and compliance measures over several years, employers who provide health plan benefits — and particularly those who offer open enrollment...more

Health Care Reform Update: Are You Ready To Distribute Your SBCs?

Let's Talk About Health Care Reform: Are You Ready to Distribute Summaries of Benefits and Coverage (SBCs)? Suppose that health insurance policies were written in standard format using common terminology and that it...more

Reminder: Upcoming Health Care Reform Deadlines

Under the health care reform enacted in 2010 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred to collectively here as “PPACA”) new obligations are...more

Timeline Of Health Insurance Reform

Excerpt from Health Insurance Reform Timeline chart: - W2 inclusion of cost of employer-sponsored health coverage for employers who filed more than 250 Forms W2 in prior year. 2012 Forms W2, due 1/31/13 -...more

Health Care Reform Upheld—Now What for Employers?

This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (to see our National eAuthority on the ruling, click here). So what does this mean for employers? The most important thing...more

Health Care Reform Update: Supreme Court Ruling Mandates Timely Employer Actions

The Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sibelius upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) leaves in place the market reforms and tax provisions that have become...more

Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Reform - It's Time for Employers To Get To Work

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In what is easily the most significant decision this term, and arguably one of the most important rulings...more

Final SBC Rules Released

On February 14, 2012 HHS, IRS and DOL released final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that group health plans and health insurance issuers provide participants with a summary of benefits and coverage...more

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