The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have released the long-awaited final regulations on the health plan information all employers will be required to report to the federal government annually for enforcement of both the health reform law’s individual and employer mandates.
Under final regulations issued last year by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP), federal contractors must provide applicants and employees with a form they can use to identify themselves as an individual with a disability. The form is now available at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/sec503/Voluntary_Self-Identification_of_Disability_CC-305_SD_Edit1.24.14.pdf. Read the rest of this entry »
On Thursday, February 20, the Obama Administration released new rules from the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services regarding the health reform law’s ban on employer plan waiting periods that exceed 90 days. This provision of the law applies to employers of all sizes and all plan types (other than excepted benefits, such as most flexible spending accounts and stand-alone dental and vision plans), including grandfathered and self-funded plans. Read the rest of this entry »
New Jersey and Philadelphia have enacted new laws to protect employees from discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions. Both laws amend existing laws prohibiting discrimination for other causes and became effective immediately upon signature—January 20, 2014 in Philadelphia and January 21, 2014 in New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »
The United States Supreme Court has given a temporary exemption from the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to a religious organization. The Little Sisters of the Poor does not need to comply with the requirement to follow the government’s rules for exemption from the mandate while its case is pending before the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Read the rest of this entry »
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations implementing the employer responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that take effect in 2015. Highlights of the rules include addressing a number of questions about how plans can comply with the employer shared responsibility provisions; ensuring that volunteers such as firefighters and emergency responders do not count as full-time employees; and phasing in provisions for businesses with 50 to 99 full-time employees and those that offer coverage to most but not yet all of their full-time workers. Read the rest of this entry »
Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C., of Concord, Mass., (APDerm) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), agreeing to a $150,000 payment. APDerm will also be required to implement a corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program. Read the rest of this entry »