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Seattle Ballot Initiative Targets Hotel Industry

According to Ballotpedia, 140 state ballot initiatives in 35 states have already been certified for the November 8, 2016 election. This number does not include the many city-wide measures that will be before voters on...more

Traps for the Unwary: Does Your Employee Handbook Comply with the Affordable Care Act?

Do you think you’ve complied with the Affordable Care Act mandates? Before you answer yes, you’d best take a close look at your Employee Handbook – a minefield for mistakes....more

We Received an Exchange Subsidy Notice…Now What?

The Affordable Care Act exchanges/marketplaces are required to notify employers of any employees who have been determined eligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit or cost-sharing reductions (i.e., subsidy) and...more

Insurers Beware: The Risks of Failing to Comply With OFAC SDN Screening Requirements

Two related enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Compliance (OFAC) are stark reminders that health insurance providers (and other insurers) must maintain adequate U.S. trade...more

OFAC Cites Violations in Dealings with Specially Designated Nationals

Insurance companies and financial institutions are targeted. On August 2, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Finding of Violation against two different insurance...more

HHS Final Rule Extends Anti-Discrimination Protection to Transgender Patients

This past May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin,...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — August 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The August edition of the Insider Report compares the Democratic...more

IRS Proposes Adjustments in Individual Mandate Reporting

The IRS has issued proposed regulations on the individual mandate reporting requirements under section 6055 of the Internal Revenue Code. To a significant degree, the new regulations reflect guidance previously published by...more

Employers Beware – Marketplace Notices Under the Affordable Care Act May be Coming to You

As we have previously explained, certain employers with 50 or more full-time employees (or equivalents) will incur a penalty from the IRS if they fail to offer health insurance coverage to their full-time employees and their...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2016

Oregon’s hospitals see improved financial performance following the ACA; CMS denies Indiana’s request for an additional lockout period in the Medicaid expansion program; and a new Manatt Health report details Medicaid funding...more

Anti-Discrimination, Language Access Rules Compliance Deadline Fast Approaching for Health Insurers

Health insurers and HMOs have a limited time to review the new federal meaningful access rules and amend plan documents accordingly. However, many payors still have not revised their plans to include the required language,...more

ERISA Litigation Newsletter - July 2016

Editor's Overview - This month we take a look at the plaintiffs' past successes in fee litigations, and the influx of such lawsuits seeking to impose heightened fiduciary standards for 401(k) plans. Regardless of the...more

Florida’s Telehealth Advisory Council Appointed

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) announced, on July 27, 2016, the appointments of 13 representatives to the newly-created Florida Telehealth Advisory Council. The Telehealth Council was created through...more

Mega-Mergers Highlight Risk to Health Care Providers

Consolidation in health insurance markets can injure hospitals and doctors by creating buyer-side market power that can force providers to accept below-market prices, limit patients’ access to care, and reduce innovation in...more

ERISA: 2nd Circuit — Mental Health Provider Lacks Standing to Challenge ERISA Benefit Denial

Who can challenge an ERISA benefit denial? Does a physician have standing to challenge the denial of a patient’s coverage? It depends....more

DOJ Sues to Block Health Plan Mergers

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), joined by attorneys general from several states, filed a lawsuit last Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to block two major mergers between health...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2016

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) generally provides that, if a plan providing for deferred compensation fails to comply with Section 409A, either in form or in operation, then all amounts deferred...more

The EEOC's View of Wellness Programs

The EEOC’s regulations allayed many concerns over the permissible level of incentives/penalties, as well as the challenge of dealing with inconsistent requirements under the various laws. Originally published in The HR...more

Projected Decline of Americans Lacking Health Insurance Over Next Decade

The CMS Office of the Actuary recently released a report estimating that the percentage of Americans lacking health insurance will decline over the next decade. The actuary’s office predicts that in 2025, 8 percent of the...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

Florida DCAs Weigh in on Allstate Case; PIP Litigation Now Headed to Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court soon will hear arguments in the case of Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation vs. Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Co., which pits medical providers against the automobile insurer on the issue of fees...more

Recent Developments in Mental Health Benefit Denials

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) requires health plans to provide the same coverage for mental health conditions as they provide for physical conditions, and that financial Requirements and...more

Transparency's Opaque Beginning: CMS Starts Implementing ACA Transparency Requirements

Based on QHP Certification instructions issued on July 22, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will collect administrative and performance data from health insurers that participate in the federally-run...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2016 #4

CMS’ increase of the “income verification threshold” makes eligibility determinations easier for consumers; Oregon CO-OP policyholders can credit out-of-pocket spending towards new plans; and report finds that 13 million...more

Health Insurance Merger Challenges: Of Antitrust and the Affordable Care Act

The Department of Justice and attorneys general from multiple states last week sued to halt two health insurance mergers, each worth billions of dollars. The challenged deals are Anthem’s planned merger with Cigna and...more

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