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New Health Care Reform FAQs, Part II

The DOL, HHS, and IRS (the “Departments”) recently released new Health Care Reform Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). The FAQs provide guidance on cost-sharing limitations and coverage of preventive services....more

Final Mental Health Parity Rules Released

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury jointly issued a long-awaited final rule that implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008...more

Healthcare Reform in 2013: What Every Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - Definition of “Small Employer” - The Five Pillars of the Small Group Market - The SHOP Exchange - The Small Employer Tax Credit - New Fees and Notice and Disclosure...more

HHS Issues Final Rules on Essential Health Benefits, Federal and Partnership Exchange Qualified Health Plan Accreditation Timeline...

Essential Health Benefits - On February 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that set the accreditation standards for qualified health plans (QHPs)—plans that will be...more

Monthly Benefits Update - February 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services issued final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s standards for essential health benefits, actuarial value, and accreditation. While these regulations primarily affect...more

Proposed And Final Rules Released Regarding The ACA's Individual Mandate

In This Issue: - Minimum Essential Coverage ..HHS Proposed Rule - Shared Responsibility Payments and Exemptions ..HHS Proposed Rule ..IRS Proposed Rule ..IRS Final Rule - Essential Health Benefits ...more

Staying the Course: HHS Finalizes the Essential Health Benefits Regulations for 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Essential Health Benefits Final Rule and actuarial value regulations offer few surprises and much needed certainty to enable group health plans and health insurance...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 27, 2013

As Washington and the rest of the country brace for cuts from the sequester to kick in on March 1, Florida Gov. Rick Scott surprised many and confirmed others' predictions by announcing his state will expand its Medical...more

Health Care Reform Update -- February 25, 2013

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt...more

HHS Finalizes Essential Health Benefits and Related Health Plan 2014 Requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued final regulations and a set of frequently asked questions and answers establishing standards for the provision of essential health benefits in the individual and...more

HHS Publishes Final Rule Regarding Essential Health Benefits and Actuarial Values Applicable to Certain Individual, Small Group...

Beginning in 2014, all non-grandfathered health insurance coverage in the individual and small group markets, Medicaid benchmark and benchmark-equivalent plans, and Basic Health Programs (if applicable) must cover essential...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 13, 2013

In the past week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated federal budget to account for new regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),...more

New Guidance Addresses Individual Shared Responsibility Payments and Premium Tax Credits

The IRS and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued two important pieces of guidance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act regarding the responsibilities imposed on individuals to...more

Proposed Rules Implementing Affordable Care Act Rules Prohibit Discrimination by Health Insurers and Set Standards for Essential...

On November 20, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed rules under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as amended (the Affordable Care Act or the Act), which beginning in...more

HHS Issues Comprehensive “Essential Health Benefits” Proposed Regulations

Commencing in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Act) requires that health insurance coverage provided in the individual and small group markets, including coverage offered through American Health Benefit...more

Essential Health Benefits Proposed Rule: Additional Detail with Few Surprises

The essential health benefits proposed rule, issued on November 20, 2012, defines the so-called Essential Health Benefits Package, composed of essential health benefits, cost-sharing limitations and actuarial value...more

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