PRESIDENT SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER DESIGNED TO CHANGE ACA RULES

OVERVIEW On Oct. 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to change certain rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order would relax regulations on association health plans. This change could allow individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance policies across state lines and avoid certain ACA requirements. The executive … Continue reading PRESIDENT SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER DESIGNED TO CHANGE ACA RULES

DOL Announces New Standard for Unpaid Interns

OVERVIEW On Jan. 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would adopt a new standard for determining whether interns and students are “employees” who must be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL clarified that, going forward, it would abandon its six-part test and instead adopt the “primary … Continue reading DOL Announces New Standard for Unpaid Interns

NLRB Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard

Over the course of one afternoon, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued two significant decisions that together overturned several of the Obama aministration’s most polemic legal positions under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This is one.

House and Senate Pass Tax Reform Bill

On Dec. 20, 2017, the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is now expected to be signed into law by President Trump by the end of the day. This tax reform bill, drafted based on a tax reform … Continue reading House and Senate Pass Tax Reform Bill

COBRA Continuation Coverage

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) allows individuals to continue their group health plan coverage in certain situations. Specifically, COBRA requires group health plans to offer continuation coverage to covered employees and dependents when coverage would otherwise be lost due to certain specific events. These events include the death of a covered employee, termination … Continue reading COBRA Continuation Coverage

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