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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 8 Mar 2013

IRS publishes guidance on health insurer fees

The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations on the annual fee that health insurance companies must pay under the Affordable Care Act

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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 25 Jan 2013

Final regulations address privacy and security of health information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final regulations last week that modify many aspects of the privacy and security rules

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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 4 Jan 2013

Government agencies provide guidance on taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act

In regulations and other pronouncements issued toward the end of 2012, the government has provided further details on new taxes and fees introduced by the

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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 29 Nov 2012

Guidance issued on essential health benefits and other individual and small group market reforms

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued two sets of proposed regulations issued under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will affect the design, availability, and cost of health insurance plans, primarily in the individual and small group markets.

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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 27 Nov 2012

Proposed regulations address discrimination in wellness programs

The Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services have issued a revised set of proposed regulations for nondiscrimination in wellness programs.

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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 19 Mar 2012

Data breach leads to first HITECH enforcement settlement

In the first settlement of its kind under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee recently agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $1.5 million as a result of a 2009 data breach.

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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 27 Feb 2012

HHS releases FAQs on essential health benefits

On February 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a set of FAQs concerning the Essential Health Benefits Bulletin it issued on December 16, 2011.

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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 14 Feb 2012

Final regulations address summary of benefits and coverage

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires group health plans and health insurers to prepare and distribute a brief, uniform summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) that aims to provide individuals with a better understanding of the health coverage offered under an arrangement and a basis of comparison with other health plans and policies.

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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 17 Aug 2011

More guidance provided on state health insurance exchanges

Following up on guidance issued last month, the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed two new sets of regulations and the Department of the Treasury has proposed one on the state-based health insurance marketplaces known as Affordable Insurance Exchanges.

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Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | 16 Aug 2011

Federal Court of Appeals strikes down individual mandate for health coverage

Deciding a case, Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services, that could herald a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the 2010 health care reform legislation) is unconstitutional.

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