Health Care

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    The enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 began an extended period during which far-reaching changes to the American healthcare system started taking effect. The provisions of the ACA go into effect over several years. Immediate Reforms The ACA included several provisions that immediately affected employers by subjecting health...

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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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    By John Hickman, Anne Tyler Hamby, and Carolyn Smith Alston & Bird, LLP In guidance issued on March 18, 2010, the Department of Labor (DOL): extended the enforcement grace period previously provided for some of the new requirements relating to internal claims and appeals that are imposed on group health plans and health insurers...
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    Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted a year ago, your organization has probably had to evaluate whether it wants to ensure your health insurance plan(s) maintains grandfathered status under the law. A grandfathered plan is a group health plan that was in effect on March 23, 2010, and has not made any changes...
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    Each year, HR Hero surveys readers about their organizations' benefits packages. Because 2010's health care reform laws created sweeping changes in how businesses offer workers health insurance, this year our January survey focused only on health insurance and health care reform. The survey included 26 multiple-choice questions and one essay...
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    The American public is crying out for some form of new employer-sponsored health care coverage, according to a recent survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. More than 75% support mandating employers to provide some type of coverage. And Congress is responding... As of June, the Senate was nearing agreement on a $1 trillion plan that...
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    At the time of initial application and license renewal, covered Utah health care facilities must perform a criminal background check of any person who provides direct care to patients. The checks are required regardless of whether the person has been the subject of a criminal background check in the preceding three-year period. S.B...
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