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The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980... more +
The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -

Recent Mental Health Parity Guidance — A Good Reminder to Review Your Health Plan for Compliance

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The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) generally requires that the financial requirements and treatment limitations that apply to mental health and substance use disorder (“MH/SUD”) benefits...more

Here Comes the Rain: Employers Offering Mental Health Benefits Should Prepare for More Scrutiny

Employers can expect some challenging information requests about the mental health and substance abuse benefits offered to employees and their dependents through group health plans, if a draft form released by federal...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 5

The Senate’s health care reform bill was released today, and we will report on that separately. In the meantime, below are key health care reform developments from the week of June 12th....more

Eyes on Washington: FY 2018 Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on May 23, 2017, released a full budget blueprint for FY 2018, titled A New Foundation for American Greatness. The full FY 2018 budget proposal is based on the March 2017 "skinny" budget outline. The...more

Developments February 6 – 10: Is the Price Right?

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During the week reviewed, no new bill was introduced which, if passed, would repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, and little else happened at the three main ACA enforcement agencies – DOL, HHS and IRS. Department...more

President Trump’s First Official Action regarding the Affordable Care Act

President Trump issued the “Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal” on January 20, 2017, one of his very first actions upon taking the oath of office...more

A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s inauguration, President Donald J. Trump and his administration set their sights on deploying a new guard of regulatory and economic policies focused on reducing burdensome...more

Health Care Reform in Transition While Congress Deliberates

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Changes are imminent for the Affordable Care Act and a range of other laws and regulations affecting the health care industry. Ballard Spahr attorneys established a Health Care Reform Initiative in 2008 to monitor and analyze...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - November 2016 #5

The incoming Trump Administration selects HHS and CMS leadership; Alaska moves forward with its proposed 1332 waiver for its ACA reinsurance program; and a new Manatt Health report considers the role of Medicaid supplemental...more

Hospital and Health System Health Benefit Plan Obligations Under New Nondiscrimination Rules: ACA Section 1557 and Requirements...

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This impacts any entity (or health benefit plan) that receives federal financial assistance, including Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements. Two new regulations require some employers to make health plan design and...more

Final Regulations on Short-Term Health Plans Under the Affordable Care Act

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The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury have finalized regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that address certain exceptions under the ACA. Among other things, the regulations...more

Student Health Insurance Subsidies Catch Another Break

On October 21, 2016, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) issued a FAQ providing indefinite relief for employers who subsidize student health...more

EEOC, DOL, HHS and IRS Weigh-In on Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs – Is Your Program Compliant?

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Wellness programs are trending in the U.S., especially with employers looking for ways to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles for their employees and to reduce the cost of their self-insured group health plan. Regardless...more

Student Health Insurance Plans and the ACA: Agencies Provide Enforcement Relief that Allows Colleges and Universities to Continue...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Late last week, the Departments of Labor (“DOL”), Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the Treasury (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued a very welcome FAQ that will allow higher education institutions to continue...more

Temporary Relief for Certain Student Health Plans Extended Indefinitely

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In recently issued guidance, the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services indicated that they will indefinitely extend relief to colleges and universities that subsidize the cost of individual...more

Employer Obligations Under New Nondiscrimination Rules: ACA Section 1557 and Requirements for Federal Contractors

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Two new regulations require some employers to make health plan design and administrative changes. While not all employers are subject to these requirements, those who are will need to review their plans and be aware of other...more

[Webinar] Hot Topics in Welfare Benefits - September 20th, 12:00pm CST

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Ever since the passage of health care reform, the applicable government agencies (IRS, DOL, EEOC and HHS) have been actively working to provide new and updated regulations and other guidance governing various aspects of...more

BEWARE OSHA Phishing Scam Email

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Employers should be cautious of an email that has been circulating to numerous employers around the country that appears on its face to be a request from OSHA to download a guidance document about “Safety & Health at U.S.:...more

Health Care E-Note - August 2016

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The Alabama Natural Death Act contains the provisions on how an individual may plan for end-of-life decisions. Specifically, it outlines the requirements for a valid Advanced Directive and the removal and withdrawal of life...more

Departments Finally Publish Updated SBC Template and Instructions

by Snell & Wilmer on

On April 6, 2016, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (the “Departments”) issued an updated Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) template. The latest template represents an effort by the...more

House Appropriations Labor Legislation Blocking the Labor Department's Fiduciary Rule and Other Regulations Moves Forward

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On Thursday, July 7, the House Appropriations Labor Subcommittee approved a FY2017 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The bill would provide $12 billion for the Labor...more

More Clarity on Expatriate Health Plans and the ACA

Expatriate health plans have been surprisingly difficult to reconcile with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Proposed regulations set to take effect in 2017 provide some useful guidance to U.S. employers that sponsor expatriate...more

Employer Wellness Programs: ADA, ACA, and HIPAA Compliance

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Employer wellness programs are a subject of much interest to employers and receive considerable scrutiny from the EEOC and Department of Labor. Employers want to lower their health care costs by improving the health of...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – June 2016

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Final Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Guidance Issued - The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury (the “Departments”) recently issued final changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - June 2016

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Editor's Overview - In this month’s newsletter, our colleagues focus on two sets of legislative updates. First is a discussion of the IRS’s proposed Treasury Regulations prescribing rules under Section 457 of the...more

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