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Proposed regulations issued for excepted benefits

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 28 2014

The Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services recently issued proposed regulations that generally expand the definition of

Failure to notify participant that coverage is out of network may be a fiduciary breach

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 31 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in an en banc decision, held that the husband of a deceased plan participant may continue with his

Final rules: essential health benefits, cost-sharing, and actuarial value

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 31 2013

Beginning in 2014, non-grandfathered individual health insurance policies and policies issued to small employers must provide "essential health

MEWA held to be not fully insured under ERISA

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 15 2011

When unrelated employers join together in an association or other group to purchase or arrange for health insurance, the association is defined as a "multiple employer welfare arrangement" or "MEWA" under the law

Same-sex domestic partner policy does not discriminate against opposite-sex couples

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 15 2011

Reversing a decision by the Westchester County Human Rights Commission, a New York appeals court recently held that a policy adopted by a local Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to offer health care to same-sex domestic partners did not unlawfully discriminate against opposite-sex domestic partners

Supreme Court considers constitutionality of individual mandate

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 27 2012

At the end of March, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires most U.S. residents to maintain health care coverage for themselves and their dependents

Departments issue wellness program final regulations

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 31 2013

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury issued final wellness program regulations. These final rules are applicable to

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act extends Health Coverage Tax Credit

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 21 2011

On October 11, 2011, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act was signed into law

New COBRA subsidy rules

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 19 2010

The Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (TEA), signed into law by President Obama on March 2, 2010, includes a number of important changes to the COBRA premium subsidy provisions enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA

Health reimbursement arrangements and waivers: immediate action required

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 19 2010

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA), a group health plan's ability to impose annual limits on essential health benefits is restricted for plan years beginning before January 1, 2014 and prohibited altogether for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014