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CMS to stop accepting early retiree reimbursement applications

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 6 2011

On April 5, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") published a notice announcing it will stop accepting new applications for the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (the "ERRP") as of May 6, 2011

Application of health care and health insurance market reforms to grandfathered plans

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 15 2010

With the recent signing by President Obama of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the "PPACA") and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the "Reconciliation Act") (collectively the "Health Care Reform Act"), employers are eager to understand the impact on their existing plans and the applicable grandfathering provisions

DOL releases model COBRA notices for use under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 19 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "ARRA") amends portions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended ("COBRA"), to require premium reductions and additional enrollment opportunities

Health Care Reform Act update federal agencies issue guidance

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 13 2010

On June 28, 2010, the Department of Health & Human Services ("HHS"), in conjunction with the Department of Labor ("DOL") and the Treasury Department, issued interim final regulations that address pre-existing condition exclusions, lifetime and annual limits, rescissions, and patient protections

Budget deal impacts health care reform

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 25 2011

On April 15, 2011, the president signed into law the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (the "Continuing Appropriations Act"

DOL publishes model CHIP notice

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 16 2010

On February 4, 2010, the Department of Labor ("DOL") published a model notice ("CHIP Notice") for use by employers to comply with certain notice requirements under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 ("CHIPRA"

Health Care Reform Act guidance issued on preventive services

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 22 2010

On July 14, 2010, the Departments of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), in conjunction with the Department of Labor ("DOL") and the Treasury Department, issued interim final rules for group health plans and health insurance issuers relating to coverage of preventive services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

New guidance on grandfathered health plans

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 18 2010

On June 14, 2010, the Department of Health & Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department, issued interim final regulations relating to retaining status as a grandfathered health plan ("Grandfathered Plan") under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2011, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the "Health Care Reform Act"

COBRA subsidy extended

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 30 2009

The 65 percent COBRA premium subsidy for involuntarily terminated workers has been extended into 2010 and expanded in scope

Employer-provided health coverage for adult children

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 26 2010

On May 10, 2010, the Department of Health & Human Services ("HHS"), in conjunction with the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department, issued interim final regulations implementing the requirement to expand health insurance coverage to adult children up to age 26