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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

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

Legal challenges to health care reform continue to work through the courts

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

In late January, a district court in Florida ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional

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

Agencies issue amendments to the PPACA claims and appeals processes

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 29 2011

The Treasury, DOL, and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly issued amendments to the interim final rules governing the internal claims and appeals and the external review processes required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA

Plan administrator not obligated to provide benefit accruals for unpaid hours

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 29 2011

Nurse participants in a hospital retirement plan were upset that their unpaid meal breaks, during which they were required to work, and an unpaid 20-40 minute period of patient status review before the official start of their shifts were not counted for benefit purposes in the hospital's retirement plans

More health care reform FAQs issued

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 4 2011

Over the past several months DOL, HHS, and the IRS (collectively, the Agencies) have issued a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Small business tax credit for employer health insurance contributions

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 28 2010

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidance on a tax credit made available through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that benefits certain small employers who help defray the cost of their employees' health insurance premiums

New grandfathered plan regulations permit insurance contract changes

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 11 2011

Under the Affordable Care Act, group health plans are required to comply with a number of new insurance market reform requirements

Enforcement of insured plan nondiscrimination rules delayed

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 4 2011

As many employers are by now well aware, the Affordable Care Act imposes nondiscrimination rules on insured non-grandfathered group health plans