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Final rule on grandfathered health plans under the ACA
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • June 18 2010

Under the ACA, certain group health plans and health insurance coverage existing as of March 23, 2010 (the date of enactment of the ACA), are considered "grandfathered" and excused from complying with some of the ACA's health care improvement and market reform provisions


PPACA Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2010

On May 5, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published an interim final rule with comment period on the PPACA's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, which will reimburse participating employment-based plans for a portion of the cost of health benefits for early retirees and their spouses, surviving spouses, and dependents


CMS proposes rules for CO-OP insurance program
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2011

On July 20, 2011, CMS published a proposed rule to implement the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (COOP) program, which was mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide loans to encourage the creation of consumer-governed, private, nonprofit health insurance issuers


Congressional health policy hearings
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2011

Congressional committees continue to examine a variety of health care policy issues


Obama administration issues amendment to ACA insurance appeals rules
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • June 28 2011

On June 24, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Internal Revenue Service, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration published an amendment to their July 23, 2010 interim final rule on internal claims and appeals and external review processes for group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets under the Affordable Care Act (ACA


Hearings this week on Medicare reform, chronic care, employer-provided insurance
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2011

On October 12, 2011, the Senate Special Committee on Aging is holding a hearing entitled “A Time for Solutions: Finding Consensus in the Medicare Reform Debate."


HHS extends comment period for two ACA insurance rules
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • September 28 2011

HHS is extending until October 31, 2011 the comment period on two proposed rules published July 15, 2011 to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act


Obama administration issues rules on ACA insurance exchanges
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • August 16 2011

On August 12, 2011, the Obama Administration made a series of announcements related to implement of Affordable Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA


HHS amends ACA preventive servicescontraception coverage rules
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • August 16 2011

On August 3, 2011, the HHS published an interim final rule with comment period amending rules regarding coverage of certain preventive services by group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets under the ACA


HHS expands health insurance information website
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • November 30 2011

On November 18, 2011, HHS announced an expanded website to provide small businesses with additional information about health insurance plan options, including details on cost and coverage of plans available in a geographic area