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Gender Dysphoria Treatments and Discriminatory Practices in Health Plans

2021-06-14T15:11:54+00:00

In May 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services reversed a Trump administration position on the ACA’s section 1557. Background Under section 1557, health plans are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age and disability. Under the ACA, the definition of sex was clarified to include discrimination on [...]

Gender Dysphoria Treatments and Discriminatory Practices in Health Plans2021-06-14T15:11:54+00:00

IRS Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance

2021-05-24T16:44:21+00:00

In April, the DOL issued FAQs discussing the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COBRA subsidy. The FAQs left many with questions that were not addressed in the DOL’s guidance. On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued its guidance in Notice 2021-31 and a series of 86 FAQs that solve many of the points left unanswered in the [...]

IRS Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance2021-05-24T16:44:21+00:00

Consolidated Appropriations Act Requires Plan Sponsors to Perform a MHPAEA Comprehensive Analysis

2021-05-12T19:13:52+00:00

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) that was passed on December 27, 2020 is known primarily for its third round of direct payment stimulus checks. However, there were additional health benefit related provisions including: (1) expanded relief for health and dependent care flexible spending arrangements; (2) new reporting requirements for commission and similar compensation; [...]

Consolidated Appropriations Act Requires Plan Sponsors to Perform a MHPAEA Comprehensive Analysis2021-05-12T19:13:52+00:00

Healthcare Organizations SCAM ALERT

2021-04-29T14:01:15+00:00

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has been made aware of postcards being sent to healthcare organizations informing the recipients that they are required to participate in a “Required Security Risk Assessment,” and they are being directed to send their risk assessment to the following URL below (DO NOT click on the link below or [...]

Healthcare Organizations SCAM ALERT2021-04-29T14:01:15+00:00

CT Proposes $50 Million Assessment on Health Plans

2021-04-06T19:00:32+00:00

Connecticut Democrats and Governor Ned Lamont have both put forth proposals that would levy an annual assessment on the state’s insurance carriers and self-funded plans. The Democratic plan includes a public insurance option for small employers (less than 50 employees) in the state and have recommended levying an assessment on the state’s insurance companies that [...]

CT Proposes $50 Million Assessment on Health Plans2021-04-06T19:00:32+00:00

The Self-Funded Employer, Worker’s Compensation and COVID-19

2021-04-06T14:20:43+00:00

Historically worker’s compensation does not cover community spread diseases (i.e., common cold/flu) because they generally cannot be tied back to a workplace. With the COVID-19 pandemic, some workers and workplaces have been deemed essential and present a unique problem when considering worker’s compensation coverage. As a result, some states recently have implemented amendments to their [...]

The Self-Funded Employer, Worker’s Compensation and COVID-192021-04-06T14:20:43+00:00

American Rescue Plan Act – COBRA Subsidies

2021-03-17T16:18:03+00:00

On March 10th, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021(ARPA) was passed by both chambers of Congress and is expected to be signed by the President this week. The Act addresses several COVID relief provisions including another round of direct stimulus payments, unemployment compensation payments continuation, COVID-19 vaccine funds, and extension of the paycheck protection [...]

American Rescue Plan Act – COBRA Subsidies2021-03-17T16:18:03+00:00
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