DMEC’s Legislative Updates Blog is Getting Integrated!

October 6, 2014

This blog is moving to a new home on DMEC’s web site. The move will allow the blog to be more integrated with all of the articles and content that DMEC releases—a single search will return legislative updates, magazine articles, white papers, archived webinars, and more.

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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 »


EEOC CHALLENGES WELLNESS PROGRAM UNDER ADA

August 21, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged in a lawsuit that Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based Orion Energy Systems violated federal law by requiring an employee to submit to medical exams and inquiries that were not job-related and consistent with business necessity as part of a wellness program, which was not voluntary, and then by firing the employee when she objected to the program. Read the rest of this entry »


DOL POSTS FAQ REGARDING CONTRACEPTIVES COVERAGE CUTBACKS

July 17, 2014

The Department of Labor (DOL) has posted a new question and answer on its website regarding closely held corporations that wish to stop providing contraceptive coverage as a result of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.  The entire question and answer, with introduction, is copied below:

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IRS RELEASES 2015 LIMITS ON HDHPs AND HSAs PLUS MAXIMUM OOP LIMITS

April 24, 2014

In Revenue Procedure 2014-30, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the 2015 inflation adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and maximum out-of-pocket (OOP) limits for all health plans.

The annual contribution limit for calendar year 2015 for an individual with self-only coverage under an HDHP will be $3,350.  For calendar year 2015, the annual contribution limit on for an individual with family coverage under an HDHP will be $6,650.

For calendar year 2015, an HDHP is defined as a health plan with an annual deductible that is not less than $1,300for self-only coverage or $2,600for family coverage, and the annual out-of-pocket expenses (deductibles, co-payments, and other amounts, but not premiums) do not exceed $6,450for self-only coverage or $12,900for family coverage.  Other restrictions also apply to HDHPs that are compatible with HSAs.

These limits affect all health plans because under health care reform, the maximum out-of-pocket (OOP) limits are tied to the maximums for HDHPs.  Therefore, in 2015, the maximum out-of-pocket limits will be $6,450 for self-only coverage and $12,900 for family coverage.


MASSACHUSETTS PROVIDER SETTLES HIPAA CASE FOR $1.5 MILLION

September 22, 2012

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates Inc. (MEEI) has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1.5 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule.  MEEI also agreed to take corrective action to improve policies and procedures to safeguard the privacy and security of its patients’ protected health information. Read the rest of this entry »


SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS HEALTH CARE REFORM

June 28, 2012

On June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court announced its long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of the individual mandate (the requirement that virtually all individuals purchase health insurance), which was at the heart of health care reform.  The Obama Administration had argued that the mandate was constitutional under the Commerce clause of the constitution, which grants Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce. Read the rest of this entry »