Final Rule on the Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants and Beneficiaries Due to COVID-19.

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Mar 4, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

3/2/2021 Update: The DOL issued EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 providing that the outbreak period relief noted below ends on the earlier of one year from the date an individual or plan was first eligible for relief (extension period) or the original outbreak period of 60 days after the announced end of the COVID-19 National Emergency. As of the date of this writing, the COVID-19 National Emergency has not ended.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Webinar: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Group Health Plan Considerations and COVID-19 Vaccine Wellness Programs

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Feb 26, 2021 @ 11:02 AM

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Appropriations Act) was enacted. The Appropriations Act contains various provisions affecting group health plans including health FSA and DCAP relief, mental health and substance use disorder parity, and the No Surprises Act.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Learning Events, COVID-19

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: Advance EOB, Patient/Consumer Protections and Reporting

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Feb 22, 2021 @ 09:02 AM

On December 27, 2020, former President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Appropriations Act). The Appropriations Act amends Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), Part 7 of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and Chapter 100 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

What Group Plan Sponsors Need to Know about ERISA - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Feb 18, 2021 @ 11:02 AM

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was signed in 1974. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is the agency responsible for administering and enforcing this law.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap - January 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Feb 12, 2021 @ 11:02 AM

January was a busy month in the employee benefits world. President Biden issued a memorandum putting a regulatory freeze on new rules. President Biden also issued an executive order on strengthening Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the ACA

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Feb 10, 2021 @ 10:02 AM

On January 28, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Executive Order). The Executive Order instructs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider establishing a special open enrollment period (SEP) for individuals to enroll in or change their current coverage under federally facilitated health insurance marketplaces.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Option for Some to Renew Policies That Do Not Fully Meet ACA Standards

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Feb 4, 2021 @ 11:02 AM

In the fall of 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a transitional relief program that allowed state insurance departments to permit early renewal at the end of 2013 of individual and small group policies that do not meet the “market reform” requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and for the policies to remain in force until their new renewal date in late 2014.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Final 2022 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Jan 29, 2021 @ 11:01 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a final rule along with a fact sheet and press release for benefit payment and parameters for 2022.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Webinar: Complying with the Final Rules on Transparency in Group Health Plan Coverage

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jan 25, 2021 @ 09:01 AM

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

On October 29, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released final rules on coverage transparency for group health plans that will begin to take effect on January 1, 2022.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Learning Events

Proposed Rules on Wellness Programs Subject to the ADA or GINA

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 @ 11:01 AM

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released unofficial proposed rules for wellness programs subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), referred to as the proposed ADA wellness rules, and for wellness programs subject to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), referred to as the proposed GINA wellness rules (collectively, the proposed rules).

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Topics: Worksite Wellness, Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits