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DOL and IRS issue COVID-19 Benefit Plan Rules, COBRA Deadline Extensions and Updated Model COBRA Forms

USA - May 7 2020 Employers, insurers and benefit plan vendors are all impacted by new guidance issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service…

Carl C. Lammers, Sarah N. Lowe, Alison M. Stemler, Matthew O. Wagner

New Transparency in Pricing Rules Require Health Insurers to Disclose Health Care Cost and Cost-Sharing Information

USA - November 16 2020 Information On October 29, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury (the…

Brian F. Higgins, Carl C. Lammers, Alison M. Stemler, Matthew O. Wagner

New HIPAA Proposed Rule Expands Consumer Rights Over PHI

USA - March 5 2021 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “NPRM”) to modify the Privacy Rule under the Health…

Brian F. Higgins, Mary (Peggy) G. Shukairy, Matthew O. Wagner

Declaration Granting Immunity to Manufacturers and Distributors of COVID-19 Countermeasures Issued

USA - March 19 2020 On March 17, 2020, U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services Alex Azar published a declaration in the Federal Register stating that “the spread of…

Greg E. Mitchell, Ellis W. Wilder

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Expanding Access to More Affordable Health Insurance for Small Employers and Sole Proprietors

USA - July 16 2018 Department of Labor (DOL) published its Final Rule, adding the new Section 2510.3-5 to CFR Title 29. This new section, promulgated in response to…

Greg E. Mitchell, Ellis W. Wilder