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Monthly Benefits Update - July 2014

Two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on the validity of subsidies for the purchase of health insurance under the federal marketplace established pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On July 22, a...more

The Surprising Truth about Hobby Lobby's Effect in California

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, holding that closely-held corporations could refuse to provide contraceptive coverage mandated by U.S....more

Medicaid Enrollment Continues to Grow

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reported that at the close of April, an additional 6 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid and related health programs for the poor since the launch of coverage...more

HEAL Advisory: New COBRA Model Notices and Coordination with Marketplace Enrollment

On May 2, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services published a series of guidance and model notices clarifying the provision of health insurance to recently terminated employees. The Department of...more

New Model COBRA Notices

To coordinate information about the new marketplace/exchange coverage that may be available under the Affordable Care Act, today the U.S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with the IRS and U.S. Department of Health and...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - April 21, 2014

On April 14, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) reported their findings that show a smaller rise in insurance premium costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) than previously...more

HHS to Health Insurers: Same Treatment for Same-Sex Couples

A release and a blog post from the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) on Friday announced that starting in 2015, health insurance companies will be required to offer coverage to same-sex spouses if they offer...more

March 31: ACA Deadline or Just Another Monday?

March 31, 2014 is the open enrollment deadline for individuals who want to buy health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as the “Exchange”). Or is it?...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

Health Care Reform Update -- December 16, 2013

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

HHS: Providers May Be Able to Subsidize Premiums For Uninsured in Marketplace Plans

An announcement October 30 from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could remove the first hurdle for providers wishing to offer premium support for individuals eligible for health insurance on the Health...more

Healthcare Law -- Jul 15, 2013

How Does the DOMA Defeat Impact Healthcare Reform and Health Insurance Access? - NOTE: The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will affect more than 1,000 federal statutes—and...more

Tenth Circuit Rules in Favor of Religious For-Profit Corporations in Birth Control Litigation under the Affordable Care Act

In Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. et al. v. Sebelius, et al.,1 an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Mardel Inc., two for-profit corporations owned and operated by...more

Update: Employer Responsibilities Under The Affordable Care Act

ON JULY 2 THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED A ONE YEAR DELAY OF REQUIREMENTS FOR LARGE EMPLOYERS (50 OR MORE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES) TO REPORT THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THEY OFFER THEIR EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS PENALTIES FOR...more

2013 and 2014 under the Affordable Care Act - Updated as of May 14, 2013

This is an update on an earlier Client Advisory on this subject, with updates to reflect recently issued guidance. Employers should consider the following checklist of new requirements as the nation moves ahead with...more

Fully-Insured Expatriate Health Plans Get Extra Time to Comply with PPACA

Recognizing that expatriate group health plans may find it impossible, or nearly impossible, to comply with all of the relevant provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the U.S. Labor...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 19, 2013

Last week another marketplace deadline came and went, Illinois became the 21st state approved to operate a health insurance marketplace, and U.S. senators pressed the HHS official responsible for the bulk of exchange...more

Proposed Regulations Released on Contraceptive Coverage Exemption and Accommodation for Nonprofit Religious Employers

On January 30, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) released proposed regulations regarding contraceptive coverage for employees of religious employers. This guidance is the...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update: January 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..CMS, IRS Issue Proposed Rules on Health Insurance Mandate, Minimum - Essential Coverage ..Insurers Weigh Options for Exchange Participation ..Quality Improvements in Care...more

Employers Receive Additional Time to Provide Exchange Notice to Employees

As most are aware, 2013 is an important transition year when it comes to complying with the Affordable Care Act....more

HHS Issues Proposed Regulations Implementing Reinsurance Fees Paid by Carriers and Group Health Plans Under the Affordable Care...

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Act) fundamentally changes the way that health insurance is regulated in the United States. These changes are part of an ambitious statutory scheme that comprehensively reforms...more

Health Care Reform: Details Regarding Significant New Fee Payable By Health Plan Sponsors Beginning In 2014

Although it has not been well publicized, a significant new fee on sponsors of group health plans is scheduled to go into effect in 2014 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”). Earlier...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

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