IRS RELEASES DRAFT INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPORTING ON MANDATES

August 30, 2014

On August 28, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft instructions for the reporting forms that will be used to report on individual and employer mandates.  The draft forms were released on July 24, 2014.  The instructions and forms will be used by applicable large employers, insurers and employers with self-funded plans.  Read the rest of this entry »


ADMINISTRATION RELEASES NEW RULES ON CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE

August 24, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service, the Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have released a set of interim final regulations and a set of proposed regulations related to coverage for recommended contraceptive services.  Under the Affordable Care Act, these services should be provided at no cost, with certain exceptions related to religious organizations. Read the rest of this entry »


CALIFORNIA ALIGNS WAITING PERIODS WITH FEDERAL LAW

August 19, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation to align the state’s health coverage waiting period requirements with federal law.  Earlier legislation, effective January 1, 2014, limited waiting periods to 60 days.
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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITHSTANDS A CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE

August 12, 2014

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has decided that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty is not primarily about raising revenue and therefore the legislation did not have to originate in the House of Representatives.  The circuit court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not violate the Origination Clause of the Constitution based on Supreme Court precedents. Read the rest of this entry »


SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE FUND WILL BE DEPLETED IN 2016

August 8, 2014

The Social Security Board of Trustees has released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016, unchanged from last year’s estimate, with 81 percent of benefits still payable after that date. Read the rest of this entry »


HOSPITAL TO PAY $150,000 TO SETTLE DATA BREACH ALLEGATIONS

August 7, 2014

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (WIH) has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to protect the personal information and protected health information of more than 12,000 patients in Massachusetts, Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley has announced.  Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, state attorneys general can bring suits to enforce the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Read the rest of this entry »


IRS RELEASES DRAFT VERSIONS OF FORMS FOR EMPLOYER REPORTING

August 3, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released draft forms that employers must use to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to report health coverage offered to employees.  The IRS says it provided the draft forms to help employers, tax professionals and software providers prepare for these new reporting provisions and to invite comments from them. Read the rest of this entry »