NEW REGULATIONS EXPAND EXEMPTIONS FROM THE CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE

On Oct. 6, 2017, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued two interim final rules expanding certain exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate. The first interim final rule expands the availability of the exemption for employers that object to providing contraceptive coverage based … Continue reading NEW REGULATIONS EXPAND EXEMPTIONS FROM THE CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE

HHS Withdraws Rules on HIPAA Certification

OVERVIEW The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health plans to certify to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that their data and information systems comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) electronic transaction standards and operating rules. The ACA specified an initial certification deadline of Dec. 31, 2013. HHS issued … Continue reading HHS Withdraws Rules on HIPAA Certification

CBO Releases Estimate of Budgetary Effects of ACA Replacement

March 13, 2017 From the Desk of Larry Grudzien Attorney-At-Law Today, the Congressional Budget Office released its estimate of the budgetary effects of the American Health Act. Below is a summary of its findings: The Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 directed the House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and … Continue reading CBO Releases Estimate of Budgetary Effects of ACA Replacement

MARKET STABILIZATION PROPOSED RULE ISSUED

  On Feb. 15, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a market stabilization proposed rule under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule includes new reforms intended to stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets for the 2018 plan year. Specifically, the rule proposes a variety of policy … Continue reading MARKET STABILIZATION PROPOSED RULE ISSUED

Final ACA Market Reform Rules Released

On Nov. 18, 2015, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury (Departments) issued final regulations regarding a number of ACA market reform requirements, including annual limits, dependent coverage up to age 26 and patient protections. While this final rule largely reaffirms proposed interim final rules, there are a few measures to … Continue reading Final ACA Market Reform Rules Released

Employer Play-or-Pay Mandate Penalties and Certain Employer Reporting Requirements Delayed Until 2015

by SUEEMERY on JULY 12, 2013 in AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, HEALTH CARE REFORM, PPACA, TREASURY,  Copyright ©2013 Towers Watson. All Rights Reserved Treasury Says No Impact on Any Other Provisions of the PPACA in 2014 The Obama Administration unexpectedly announced on July 2 that employers will be provided an additional year, until 2015, before any penalties are assessed under the employer play-or-pay … Continue reading Employer Play-or-Pay Mandate Penalties and Certain Employer Reporting Requirements Delayed Until 2015