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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Summary of Benefits and Coverage

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal... more +
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal subsidies to reduce the number of uninsured citizens. less -

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

Updated SBC Templates Apply for 2018 Open Enrollment

The new SBC templates released last year are required for open enrollment periods beginning on and after April 1, 2017. For health plans and employers with calendar year plans, this means the updated SBC templates and...more

Monthly Benefits Alert - June 2015

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Supreme Court - As explained in more detail in separate alerts we issued over the past several days, the Supreme Court decided two major cases involving the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. First, as described...more

Employers, Remember Your SBC and New Template!

Employers conducting their annual group health plan open enrollments this fall must remember to include a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC), along with a uniform glossary to that SBC, as required by the Affordable Care...more

Additional Guidance Issued on Summary of Benefits and Coverage Disclosure Requirements

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury recently issued new guidance and templates regarding the summary of benefits and coverage requirement under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...more

Affordable Care Act: New Requirements for Summary of Benefits and Coverage

The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health & Human Services have issued new guidance on the content requirements for health plan summaries of benefits and coverage (“SBCs”). Plan sponsors should ensure that the SBCs...more

More Guidance Issued on Summaries of Benefits and Coverage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a set of frequently asked questions, together with a new template, for the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) that applies to group health plans and individual health insurance. The...more

What Employers Need to Know About Healthcare Reform for 2013

As the end of 2012 approaches, we consider what a notable year it has been for the future of healthcare reform, starting with the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of the Patient Protection and...more

2013 and 2014 under the Affordable Care Act

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

With the close of 2012 approaching fast, employers should consider the following checklist of items as the nation moves ahead with compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Effective in 2013: The following list...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items, Upcoming Changes, New Guidance

by Morgan Lewis on

As 2012 closes, group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2012 tasks, implementing upcoming 2013 changes, and preparing for the full impact of ACA in 2014. As 2012 draws to an end, employers pass...more

What Every Employer Should Know About the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

by Foley Hoag LLP on

After months of uncertainty, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal healthcare reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What does this landmark law mean for employers now and in the near and distant future?...more

What Employers Need to Know for 2012 and 2013 Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

With the end of 2012 quickly approaching, and for 2013 planning purposes, this newsletter provides a high-level list of the important changes to be aware of under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the...more

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ALERT: Deadlines loom for 2012 health care reform compliance by Jim Prince

by McAfee & Taft on

While the timeline for health care reform calls for a phasing in of its key initiatives and compliance measures over several years, employers who provide health plan benefits — and particularly those who offer open enrollment...more

Health Care Reform Update: Are You Ready To Distribute Your SBCs?

Let's Talk About Health Care Reform: Are You Ready to Distribute Summaries of Benefits and Coverage (SBCs)? Suppose that health insurance policies were written in standard format using common terminology and that it...more

Reminder: Upcoming Health Care Reform Deadlines

Under the health care reform enacted in 2010 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred to collectively here as “PPACA”) new obligations are...more

Benefits Update, No. 3, August 2012: Timeline Of Health Insurance Reform

by Fisher Phillips on

As everyone knows, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was upheld in a somewhat surprising Supreme Court decision last month. (For a recap of the decision see our Legal Alert on the case). Set out below is a...more

Timeline Of Health Insurance Reform

by Fisher Phillips on

Excerpt from Health Insurance Reform Timeline chart: - W2 inclusion of cost of employer-sponsored health coverage for employers who filed more than 250 Forms W2 in prior year. 2012 Forms W2, due 1/31/13 -...more

Health Care Reform Upheld—Now What for Employers?

This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (to see our National eAuthority on the ruling, click here). So what does this mean for employers? The most important thing...more

Health Care Reform Update: Supreme Court Ruling Mandates Timely Employer Actions

The Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sibelius upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) leaves in place the market reforms and tax provisions that have become...more

Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Reform - It's Time for Employers To Get To Work

by Fisher Phillips on

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In what is easily the most significant decision this term, and arguably one of the most important rulings...more

Legal Alert: FAQs Issued on SBC Requirement

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: The Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury recently issued an additional guidance providing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation...more

Agencies Issue FAQs on SBC Requirements

The tri-agency task force has released new FAQs on the rules requiring group health plans and health insurers to issue Summaries of Benefits and Coverage (SBCs) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)....more

Final SBC Rules Released

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

On February 14, 2012 HHS, IRS and DOL released final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that group health plans and health insurance issuers provide participants with a summary of benefits and coverage...more

Final Regulations Ease SBC Compliance Duties

by Christine Roberts on

Final Regulations Ease SBC Compliance Duties...more

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