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Health plan identifiers

USA - October 7 2013 Plan sponsors of group health plans should be aware that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have begun accepting applications for Health…

Susan E. Bernstein, Mark E. Brossman, Ronald E. Richman

HIPAA & HITECH

USA - October 7 2013 Earlier this year, HHS published a final rule amending HIPAA's Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules that affects…

Susan E. Bernstein, Mark E. Brossman, Ronald E. Richman

Health benefits for same sex couples after DOMA rulings

USA - October 7 2013 The IRS, DOL and the Treasury recently ruled that, effective Sept. 16, 2013, same-sex couples must be recognized as married for federal tax purposes…

Susan E. Bernstein, Mark E. Brossman, Ronald E. Richman

Supreme Court’s DOMA decision sparks changes in employee benefits

USA - July 16 2013 On June 26, in a 5-4 decision called a "historic step forward" by President Obama, Justice Kennedy announced the Supreme Court's long-awaited…

Susan E. Bernstein, Mark E. Brossman, Ronald E. Richman

2012 year-end health plan highlights and reminders

USA - December 12 2012 Over the past year, the Departments of Labor (“DOL”), Treasury and Health and Human Services (“HHS”) (collectively, the “Departments”), as well as the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), have issued a variety of statutory and regulatory provisions with which group health plans must comply.

Susan E. Bernstein, Mark E. Brossman