The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created a federal subsidy for COBRA premium payments of eligible individuals who were involuntarily terminated from employment.
The interest level in storing health records in digital format has grown rapidly with the lower cost and greater availability and reliability of interoperable storage mechanisms and devices
The privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) are critically important for employers to understand and comply with.
In addition to amendments and notifications necessitated by the recent health care reforms, existing laws such as the Pension Protection Act of 2006 ("PPA") and the Worker, Retiree and Employee Recovery Act of 2008 ("WRERA") will require amendments to plan documents and related materials, as well as new notifications, all of which must be made before the end of the year.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently published proposed regulations for the implementation of statutory changes made to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as provided by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).
On April 15, 2010, President Obama signed into law an extension of unemployment benefits and premium assistance available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("ARRA") for benefits received under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act ("COBRA").
Contained within the 2009 stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, referred to in the press as the Economic Stimulus Act.
On March 2, 2010, the COBRA subsidy provisions originally enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as extended in December, were once again extended by the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (TEA).
On March 2, 2010, another temporary extension of the ARRA COBRA premium subsidy was enacted.