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MEWA held to be not fully insured under ERISA
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • April 15 2011

When unrelated employers join together in an association or other group to purchase or arrange for health insurance, the association is defined as a "multiple employer welfare arrangement" or "MEWA" under the law


Failure to notify participant that coverage is out of network may be a fiduciary breach
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • January 31 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in an en banc decision, held that the husband of a deceased plan participant may continue with his


Departments issue wellness program final regulations
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • July 31 2013

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury issued final wellness program regulations. These final rules are applicable to


New guidance regarding preventive services, cost sharing, and wellness
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • March 31 2014

On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the "Departments") issued


Employer not penalized for failing to provide timely COBRA notice
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • March 31 2014

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa held that a family, mistakenly receiving almost a year's worth of free employer coverage


Women’s preventive services and for-profit employers
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • December 20 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered group health plans to cover certain preventive health services without cost-sharing. For


2014 limitations for health savings accounts announced
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • July 31 2013

The IRS has released the inflation-adjusted limitation amounts for health savings accounts (HSA) for 2014. The limitation on deductions for


New COBRA subsidy rules
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • March 19 2010

The Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (TEA), signed into law by President Obama on March 2, 2010, includes a number of important changes to the COBRA premium subsidy provisions enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA


New Obamacare guidance
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • July 31 2013

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury have issued more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation


Proposed regulations issued for excepted benefits
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • USA
  • February 28 2014

The Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services recently issued proposed regulations that generally expand the definition of