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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | USA | 11 Aug 2016

OFCCP Final Rule Prohibits Sex and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employee Benefits

The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a Final Rule that takes effect on August 15, 2016 (the


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | USA | 14 Feb 2014

New CMS rule provides direct patient access to laboratory results

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule on February 6 that will allow patients to have direct access to their


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | USA | 29 Feb 2012

The SBC countdown has begun: group health plan summary of benefits and coverage final rules issued

Beginning as early as the 2013 open enrollment period, group health plans will be required to provide the new “Summary of Benefits and Coverage” (SBC) notice.


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | USA | 22 Nov 2010

Group health plans may change insurers without losing grandfathered status

In an amendment to previously issued guidance, the new rules issued by Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury (the Departments) provide that an insured group health plan does not lose its "grandfathered" status merely by changing issuers or insurance contracts.


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | USA | 2 Apr 2010

Health care reform bill requires group health plans to cover “adult child” dependents

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama March 23, 2010, and later amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (together, the Health Care Reform Law), contains a provision that requires employer-sponsored group health plans that offer dependent coverage for children to make such coverage available to an adult child, until the child turns 26 years of age.


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | USA | 16 Mar 2010

Employer notice requirement under CHIPRA model notice issued

The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a model notice (the CHIP Notice) on February 4, 2010, for employers to use to comply with the requirements of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA).


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | USA | 28 Jul 2009

Senate releases its own version of health reform

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released its version of a health reform bill known as The Affordable Health Choices Act.


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | USA | 27 Mar 2009

Model COBRA subsidy notices issued

The U.S. Department of Labor on March 19, 2009, issued model notices and revised FAQs related to the COBRA premium assistance subsidy available to qualifying individuals under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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