Whenever the United States Congress takes up "tax reform," there always is a danger that the Congress will pay for such tax reform, in part, by
On July 31, 2013, the first of various fees will be due that are imposed by the Affordable Care Act on self-insured group health plans andor issuers
On April 12, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations implementing fees on certain health insurance issuers and self-funded group health plan sponsors to help finance the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
The U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Labor (DOL) and HHS (collectively, the "Departments") recently released final regulations governing the summary of benefits and coverage and the uniform glossary for group health plans and health insurance coverage.
Recently the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and HHS (the "Departments") jointly released frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing implementation of PPACA and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).
Arguably one of the most fundamental tasks remaining under PPACA is to define the package of “essential health benefits” that certain health insurance plans will be required to offer beginning in 2014.
On May 31, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule adopting sweeping changes to the "accounting of disclosures" requirement under 45 C.F.R. 164.528 that likely are to have a significant impact on the health information technology (HIT) systems being implemented by many healthcare providers, health plans (including employer-sponsored plans) and business associates.
Several health care reform-related model notices have been issued since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") and recently have been made available on the Department of Labor's (DOL) website.
While the pending healthcare reform legislation will affect how healthcare providers furnish goods and services within the larger healthcare delivery system, providers also should consider how the reform legislation will affect them as employers and as the recipient of other workers' personal services.