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Insurer not a fiduciary when negotiating rates
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • February 11 2011

The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that an insurer was not acting as a fiduciary when it negotiated rates with hospitals that favored its health maintenance organization clients over its self-funded plan clients


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


2014 limitations for health savings accounts announced
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • July 31 2013

The IRS has released the inflation-adjusted limitation amounts for health savings accounts (HSA) for 2014. The limitation on deductions for


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


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


New Obamacare guidance
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • July 31 2013

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury have issued more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation


Women’s preventive services and for-profit employers
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • December 20 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered group health plans to cover certain preventive health services without cost-sharing. For


Modification of “use-or-lose” rule for health FSAs
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • December 20 2013

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2013-71 modifies the "use-it-or-lose-it" rule for health flexible spending accounts (health FSAs) set forth


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


Guidance on HRAs and other employer payment plans
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • November 26 2013

Under ACA for 2014. The Treasury and Department of Labor recently published guidance on the application of the Affordable Care Act Market Reforms on