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Health and Welfare Grab Bag of End of Administration Changes

21st Century Cures Act Impacts Employers with 50 or More Employees - Employers with 50 or more employees need to watch developments under the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”) because in addition to the establishment of...more

21st Century Cures: A Closer Look

On December 7, 2016, the US Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act, substantial legislation intended to accelerate “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging biomedical research investment,...more

Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act, Adding $6.3 Billion For Medical Research

The Cures Act aims to increase the speed by which new drugs are brought to market by streamlining clinical trials, allowing the use of patient data in the regulatory review process, and modernizing U.S. Food and Drug...more

Are Recommendations of the White House Task Force on Behavioral Health Parity Trumped by the Election?

Recently the White House Behavioral Health Parity Task Force issued guidance on the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Law). The Task Force could not have known, though,...more

Issue 104: Departments Issue FAQs on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and Request Comments on Tobacco Cessation...

On October 26, 2016, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (the Departments) published issue 34 of their series of FAQs on the Affordable Care Act, found here. The FAQs discuss the Mental Health...more

How Does the 21st Century Cures Act Affect Employee Benefits?

There are two key benefits takeaways for employers in the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama signed into law on December 13, 2016. The act, which passed both houses of Congress by large...more

Issue 103: Bi-Partisan Legislation Passed by Lame Duck Congress

On December 7th, Congress passed a bi-partisan bill covering a number of topics in the health care area, intended to address perceived discrete problems with the current legislative landscape. President Obama is expected to...more

The New Political Landscape’s Impact on Health Care Investing: 10 Takeaways from the Epstein Becker Green and Jefferies...

The day after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Epstein Becker Green, in conjunction with Jefferies LLC, hosted “The Ballots Are Counted: How the New Political Landscape Will Shape Health Care Investing.” The event was...more

Tobacco, Heroin, and Mental Health (Treatment, That Is)

In the latest round of ACA and Mental Health Parity FAQs (part 34, if you’re counting at home), the triumvirate agencies addressed tobacco cessation, medication assisted treatment for heroin (like methadone maintenance), and...more

2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List: Health & Welfare

As 2016 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

Guidance Addresses Mental Health Parity

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury have issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers that, among other things, implement certain of the recommendations included in a report...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings, Markups Resume After Summer Break

Congress has returned from recess, and health care policy continues to be on the agenda. The following health-related hearings and markups were held this week: ..The House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 5942, a...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

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

Healthcare Newsletter: Volume 6, Number 1

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...more

House of Representatives Approves Mental Health System Reform Bill

The House of Representative has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill (H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act) to reform the nation’s mental health care system. Key provisions of the legislation...more

Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Mental Health System Reform Bill

The House Energy & Commerce Committee has unanimously approved an amended version of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which is intended to reform the nation’s mental health care system. Among other...more

New Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Guidance from the DOL

In Depth - The US Department of Labor (DOL) has provided guidance on health plan provisions that could trigger a violation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008...more

HHS Releases HIPAA Privacy and Security Audit Guidelines as it Starts its Second Round of Audits and Continues Enforcement Efforts

During April 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) posted lengthy audit guidelines for HIPAA Privacy and Security on its website (over 400 pages). As HHS starts its audits of health care providers, health...more

New FAQs Address Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and the Women’s Health...

In Depth - The US Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury (collectively, the Departments) published frequently asked questions (FAQs) on April 20, 2016, clarifying the implementation of...more

New ACA, et. al. FAQs Cover Items From “Top” to “Bottom”

On April 20, the “Big Three” agencies (DOL, Treasury/IRS, and HHS) released another set of FAQs (the 31st, for those of you counting at home). Consistent with earlier FAQs, the new FAQs cover a broad range of items under the...more

New Affordable Care Act FAQs Released on Rescissions of Coverage, Preventive Care Mandate, Out-of-Network Emergency Service...

The U.S. Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) have jointly issued a new set of answers to frequently asked questions about the...more

Mental Health Parity Final Rule for Medicaid and CHIP: Few Changes from the Proposed Version

On March 30, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published its long-awaited final rule (“Final Medicaid Parity Rule” or “Final Rule”) implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health...more

Senate HELP Committee Approves Mental Health Reform, Public Health Bills

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently approved the following health policy bills: - ..S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 — to improve coordination between federal agencies...more

CMS Issues Final Medicaid Mental Health Parity Rule

On March 29, 2016, CMS finalized its mental health and substance use disorder parity rule for the Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Final Rule was issued in conjunction with the...more

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