In clear and unambiguous terms, the U.S. Departments of Labor (“DOL”) and Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) (the “Agencies”) drove a stake into the heart of two suspect health insurance strategies that have been promoted to business owners across the country. In addition, the guidance may spell trouble for a … Continue Reading
A recently posted IRS Q&A raises the specter of serious penalties for non-compliance with the Affordable Care Act. The context of the question relates to the consequences to employers that do not establish a health insurance plan for their own employees, but instead reimburse them for premiums they pay for other health insurance. The IRS … Continue Reading
For much of 2013, group health plan sponsors have been gearing up for the compliance challenges associated with the Affordable Care Act. There is no doubt that much of the planning, focus and energy trained on the next round of effective dates under the Affordable Care Act is warranted. Nevertheless, plan sponsors must be certain … Continue Reading
On May 29, 2013, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (the “Departments”) issued final regulations on implementing and expanding employment-based wellness programs. The rules set forth in the final regulations remain largely unchanged from the proposed rules issued on November 20, 2012. For example, as provided for in the proposed rules, … Continue Reading
Webinar March 14, 2013 Add this Event to Your Outlook Calendar » On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued the long awaited final omnibus HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules implementing the amendments made by the HITECH Act. The panel will discuss the changes that affect health plans and what … Continue Reading
“Sweeping changes” is how Leon Rodriquez, of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR), characterized the effect of the final omnibus Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rule published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013 at 78 Fed. Reg. 5566 (Omnibus Rule). There can be no disputing … Continue Reading
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