Insurance

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    To a great extent, you may have to swallow the cost of rising health care benefits. But one alternative that many employers are taking advantage of is the cafeteria plan. These plans can reduce your costs and give employees more choice and flexibility of benefits. Unlike traditional one-size-fits-all benefits – which offer employees a...

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    By Elinor Hiller, Paula Stannard, and Joyce Gresko Alston & Bird, LLP Oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recently drew the attention of the nation. The Supreme Court allocated six and one-half hours, over three days, to hear arguments on four issues. This article...
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    IRS issues proposed regulations on PPACA comparative effectiveness research fees On April 17, 2012, the IRS released proposed regulations pertaining to the comparative effectiveness research fees imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Certain health insurance policies and plan sponsors of certain self-funded plans...
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    By Michael Bindner Frost Brown Todd LLC The IRS is stepping up its COBRA audits. In response, employers should consider implementing an audit procedure to aid the effectiveness of their COBRA procedures and their defense of an IRS audit. Overview COBRA requires employers’ group health plans to offer qualified beneficiaries (certain...
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    By Carolyn Smith and John Hickman Alston & Bird, LLP Until recently, compliance issues associated with the medical loss ratio (MLR) provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were of little interest to sponsors of group health plans. This is because the MLR provisions, contained in new Section 2718 of the Public...
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    Many Americans unhappy with health care reform law Forty-seven percent of Americans disapprove of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the massive health care reform law enacted in March 2010, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll. More specifically, 30 percent of the individuals polled said they strongly disapproved of the law,...
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    By Brigen Winters Groom Law Group The IRS, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued guidance (IRS Notice 2012-17; DOL Technical Release 2012-1) in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on issues related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) auto-...
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    Departments publish SBC materials As discussed earlier in this issue, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, Departments) recently issued final regulations under the PPACA that are intended to help: individuals easily understand their health...
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    By Victor L. Moldovan and Amita A. Sanghvi McGuireWoods, LLP The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued the “Essential Health Benefits Bulletin,” outlining proposed policies that will give states more flexibility and freedom to implement the “essential health benefits” requirements of the...
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    HHS releases guidance for states on implementing health care exchanges On December 16, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin that details proposed policies that will offer states more flexibility when implementing health insurance exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Under...
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