Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department (the “Agencies”) issued amendments to the interim final regulations implementing, among other things, the requirements regarding internal claims and appeals processes for group health plans and issuers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the “Interim Final Regulations”).
The Treasury, DOL, and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly issued amendments to the interim final rules governing the internal claims and appeals and the external review processes required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
New regulations provide some relief and clarification for plan administrators processing group health plan claims.
New proposed rules under HIPAA provide guidance on accounting of disclosures by covered entities and business associates that is, telling patients and health plan participants when their health information is given out and to whom.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the DOL, and the Department of the Treasury (the Departments) continue to release additional guidance regarding the implementation of the market reform provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in the form of new questions and answers to help people understand the new law.
On February 15, 2011, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee approved a number of health policy bills.
In June 2010, the DOL, HHS and IRS jointly issued interim final regulations to implement the grandfathered plan rule that relieves group health plans and health insurance policies from certain healthcare reform mandates if at least one participant was covered by the plan or policy on March 23, 2010.
On November 17, 2010, the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services released an amendment to the interim final regulations related to establishing and retaining a plan's grandfathered status under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
As mentioned in a previous Client Alert, in June 2010, the Department of the Treasury, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services (the "Agencies") jointly issued interim final rules addressing how health plans can retain "grandfathered" status under the Health Care Reform Legislation (the "Grandfather Rules").
Employers should be aware of some important year-end action items relating to health and welfare plans, qualified retirement plans, and non-qualified deferred and executive compensation.