On March 2, 2010, President Obama signed The Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (COBRA Extension Act), which extends by one month the COBRA premium reduction provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Stimulus Act).
As February deadlines approach, health plan sponsors, health care providers, and their vendors need to act now to meet the new rules introduced by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).
By February 17, 2010, most group health plans are required to have updated business associate agreements.
Even before Congress began laboring over the potentially biggest health care legislation in years, employers had or should have had plenty of health and welfare plan issues on their agendas for the second half of 2009.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Act") substantially amends the privacy and security rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA").