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Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 22 Dec 2017

The Impact of the 2017 Tax Reforms on Employment-Based Benefits and Tax-Favored Compensation

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


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 15 Apr 2013

New Affordable Care Act fess impact group health plans in 2013 and 2014

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


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 26 Apr 2012

IRS releases proposed regulations on fees to fund patient-centered outcomes research

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).


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 16 Feb 2012

Group health plan and insurance coverage: final guidance issued on summary of benefits and coverage

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.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 8 Dec 2011

New FAQs delay summary of benefits and coverage compliance date and provide guidance on the Mental Health Parity Act

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).


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 27 Oct 2011

Methods and criteria to define “essential health benefits” unveiled

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.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 9 Jun 2011

Proposed rule would change HIPAA accounting of disclosures -- covered entities will continue to face significant technical challenges

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.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 19 Jul 2010

It’s time to start drafting: several health care reform model notices issued

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.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 21 Jan 2010

Health reform's impact on providers as employers: key issues to consider

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.

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