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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 15 May 2013

DOL issues model notice of coverage options available through exchanges and sets October 1 deadline

The United States Department of Labor (the "DOL") recently issued temporary guidance on the required notice to employees regarding their coverage

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 11 Feb 2013

DOL postpones employer deadline to provide notice of health care exchanges

In recently released FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XI), the US Department of Labor (DOL) postponed the March 1, 2013 deadline

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 19 Jul 2012

Employers must prepare for compliance with the Affordable Care Act

Now that the United States Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, employers and health plan sponsors must begin to review plans and procedures to prepare for its implementation.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 7 May 2012

IRS proposes rules on fees assessed on health plans to fund Patient-Centered Outcomes Research trust fund

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations on the fees imposed on issuers of certain health insurance policies and plan sponsors of certain self-insured health plans to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”).

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 21 Jul 2010

Extension of group health plan coverage to adult children

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the "Affordable Care Act") require group health plans and insurers that provide dependent coverage to extend health care coverage to adult children until they reach age 26.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 9 Apr 2010

Federal health care reform: impact on employers and employer-sponsored health plans

President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010 and the Health and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act on March 30, 2010 (collectively, the "Act").

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 9 Mar 2010

COBRA premium subsidy temporarily extended again

On March 2, 2010, President Obama signed the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (the "TEA") extending the COBRA premium subsidy eligibility period for an additional month, through March 31, 2010.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 17 Jun 2009

Rhode Island law requires employers to maintain a cafeteria plan

Joining Massachusetts and Connecticut, Rhode Island will require employers employing more than 25 employees in the state for six consecutive months to establish and maintain a cafeteria plan (also referred to as a Section 125 plan) to enable employees and their dependants to purchase health insurance with pre-tax dollars.

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