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IRS publishes guidance on health insurer fees
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • March 8 2013

The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations on the annual fee that health insurance companies must pay under the Affordable Care Act


Government agencies provide guidance on taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • January 4 2013

In regulations and other pronouncements issued toward the end of 2012, the government has provided further details on new taxes and fees introduced by the


Guidance issued on essential health benefits and other individual and small group market reforms
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • November 29 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued two sets of proposed regulations issued under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will affect the design, availability, and cost of health insurance plans, primarily in the individual and small group markets.


Proposed regulations address discrimination in wellness programs
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • November 27 2012

The Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services have issued a revised set of proposed regulations for nondiscrimination in wellness programs.


HHS releases FAQs on essential health benefits
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • February 27 2012

On February 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a set of FAQs concerning the Essential Health Benefits Bulletin it issued on December 16, 2011.


Final regulations address summary of benefits and coverage
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • February 14 2012

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires group health plans and health insurers to prepare and distribute a brief, uniform summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) that aims to provide individuals with a better understanding of the health coverage offered under an arrangement and a basis of comparison with other health plans and policies.


More guidance provided on state health insurance exchanges
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • August 17 2011

Following up on guidance issued last month, the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed two new sets of regulations and the Department of the Treasury has proposed one on the state-based health insurance marketplaces known as Affordable Insurance Exchanges.


Federal Court of Appeals strikes down individual mandate for health coverage
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • August 16 2011

Deciding a case, Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services, that could herald a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the 2010 health care reform legislation) is unconstitutional.


New guidance under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program provides welcome flexibility
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • July 28 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued additional guidance on how a plan sponsor can demonstrate that it is not using reimbursements received under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program as general revenue by maintaining the level of its contributions to the plan.


HHS proposes regulations for health care reform measures effective in 2014
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • July 13 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed two sets of regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the 2010 health care reform legislation) relating to changes that will take effect in 2014.