ACA Survives Another Challenge as the Supreme Court Dismisses Case

2021-06-17T18:37:40+00:00

On June 17, 2021, the Supreme Court turned back a long-standing challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by dismissing the challenge that was brought by 18 states (California v. Texas). The court ruled that the states that brought the suit over the ACA did not have the standing to do so. Background: On December [...]

ACA Survives Another Challenge as the Supreme Court Dismisses Case2021-06-17T18:37:40+00:00

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

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

DOL Guidance on Extension of Timeline Tolling

2021-03-03T17:39:14+00:00

The Department of Labor (DOL) on February 26, 2021 issued the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 which provides guidance on the length of COVID-19 relief to be allowed under the Timeline Extension Rule. Background: On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency related to COVID-19 and established that the [...]

DOL Guidance on Extension of Timeline Tolling2021-03-03T17:39:14+00:00
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