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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 25 Apr 2011

Budget deal impacts health care reform

On April 15, 2011, the president signed into law the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (the "Continuing Appropriations Act").

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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 9 Aug 2010

Health care reform guidance issued on internal claims and appeals, and external review processes

On July 23, 2010, the Department of Treasury, in conjunction with the Department of Labor and the Department of Health & Human Services ("HHS"), issued interim final rules for non-grandfathered plans implementing the internal claims and appeals and external review processes for group health plans and health insurance issuers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the "Health Care Reform Act").

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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 22 Jul 2010

Health Care Reform Act guidance issued on preventive services

On July 14, 2010, the Departments of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), in conjunction with the Department of Labor ("DOL") and the Treasury Department, issued interim final rules for group health plans and health insurance issuers relating to coverage of preventive services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 18 Jun 2010

New guidance on grandfathered health plans

On June 14, 2010, the Department of Health & Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department, issued interim final regulations relating to retaining status as a grandfathered health plan ("Grandfathered Plan") under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2011, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the "Health Care Reform Act").

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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 2 Jun 2010

Tax treatment of employer-provided health coverage for adult children

On April 27, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2010-38 that gives guidance on the income tax treatment of health care benefits provided to children in the year before they attain age 27.

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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 26 May 2010

Employer-provided health coverage for adult children

On May 10, 2010, the Department of Health & Human Services ("HHS"), in conjunction with the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department, issued interim final regulations implementing the requirement to expand health insurance coverage to adult children up to age 26.

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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 15 Apr 2010

Application of health care and health insurance market reforms to grandfathered plans

With the recent signing by President Obama of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the "PPACA") and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the "Reconciliation Act") (collectively the "Health Care Reform Act"), employers are eager to understand the impact on their existing plans and the applicable grandfathering provisions.

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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 29 Mar 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the "PPACA") into law.

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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 3 Feb 2010

New regulations expand mental health parity requirements for group health plans

On January 29, 2010, the U.S. Departments of Labor ("DOL"), Health and Human Services ("HHS") and the Treasury jointly issued interim final regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 ("MHPAEA").

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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 19 Mar 2009

DOL releases model COBRA notices for use under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "ARRA") amends portions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended ("COBRA"), to require premium reductions and additional enrollment opportunities.

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