Compliance Recap // June 2017

June was an active month in the employee benefits world. The U.S. Senate released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 which would substitute the U.S. House Resolution 1628 that aimed to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. Supreme Court decided an ERISA church plan […]

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21st Century Cures Act

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The Cures Act has numerous components, but employers should be aware of the impact the Act will have on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, as well as provisions that will impact how small employers can use health reimbursement […]

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DOL Issues Another FAQ on ACA Implementation

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its 31st FAQ on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), dedicated to coverage of preventive services, rescissions of coverage, out-of-network emergency services, clinical trial coverage, cost-sharing limitations, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act. Preventive Services […]

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Compliance Recap // November 2015

As 2015 winds down, federal agencies are working to provide updates and proposed or final regulations. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) auto-enrollment requirement was repealed, implications of the PACE Act were clarified, a proposed rule relating to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and wellness programs was released, and a final rule […]

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DOL Issues FAQ on Mental Health Parity and ACA Market Reform Provisions

In October 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) provided an informational FAQ relating to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) market reform provisions. Non-grandfathered group health plans and individual or group market health insurance must cover a variety of preventive services without any cost-sharing […]

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