Understanding Employee Benefits

HEALTH CARE REFORM – IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE FOR EMPLOYERS (subject to change as additional guidance is issued)

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Here’s a brief timeline highlighting important health care reform dates for employers…I expect some dates will change as 2014 draws nearer, and I will update the timeline accordingly. 9/23/12 – Group health plans must provide all eligible employees a standard Summary of Benefits and Coverage so members can compare medical... Read More

Topics: Health Care Reform

Self-Compliance Tool for HIPAA and Other Health Care Related Provisions

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The Department of Labor recently updated its self-compliance tool for plan sponsors and plan administrators of group health plans. The self-compliance tool contains questions relating to requirements on issues such as limitations on preexisting conditions, certificates of creditable coverage, special enrollment rights, HIPAA nondiscrimination rules, wellness programs, Mental Health Parity... Read More

Topics: Health Care Reform, Health Plan

Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

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            Last Thursday, June 28, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the “Affordable Care Act” or “Act”) is constitutional paving the way for final implementation of its provisions. http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf While the Administration argued that the Act was... Read More

Topics: ERISA and Other Benefits Litigation, Health Care Reform, Health Plan, Welfare Plans