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HTMLWhat Does the ACA Shared Responsibility Final Rule Mean to Large Employers?
Aimee E. Dreiss, Timothy J. Stanton; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014
As many small employers rejoice over a delayed effective date, large employers should be rolling up their sleeves to adapt their evolving shared responsibility compliance strategies for 2015 to a new final rule from the U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

 

HTMLAt Last, A Little Good FSA News
Timothy J. Stanton; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on November 1, 2013
Ironically, one of the first things that employees probably heard about the health care reform law back in 2010 had a decidedly anti-reform sound to it: It would halve the legal limits on health flexible spending account (FSA) contributions to $2,500 in 2013.

 

HTMLNew HIPAA Deadline Around the Corner: Be Prepared!
Timothy J. Stanton, Timothy G. Verrall; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 12, 2013, previously published on September 9, 2013
Don’t look now, but another HIPAA deadline is just around the corner.

 

HTMLNo Harm, No Foul, No More-New HIPAA “Breach” Standards Seek to Provide Consistency, Objectivity
Aimee E. Dreiss, Timothy J. Stanton; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 30, 2013, previously published on January 29, 2013
Beginning this fall, employer health plans-or their business associates-will have to make more comprehensive and methodical risk assessments following the discovery of an impermissible use or disclosure of unsecured “protected health information” under revised Health Insurance...

 

HTMLNew PPACA Benefit Summary Rules Clarified
Jason A. Rothman, Timothy J. Stanton; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 15, 2012, previously published on February 14, 2012
If their open enrollment periods start before September 23, 2012, health insurers and employers that sponsor health plans will not have to provide new summaries of benefits and coverage, or "SBCs," to new enrollees and existing health plan participants later this year, under new final...

 

HTMLDoes Your Health Plan Violate the New Mental Health Parity Rules?
Ellen K. Foody, Stephanie Alden Smithey, Timothy J. Stanton; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 23, 2010, previously published on February 4, 2010
New regulations are giving employers their first glimpse of the mental health and substance abuse benefit changes that may be needed by 2011 to ensure that their health plans do not violate the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“New Mental...

 

Adobe PDFCOBRA Subsidy Extended
Brian D. Black, Stephanie Alden Smithey, Timothy J. Stanton; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 12, 2010, previously published on December 21, 2009
Just in time for the holidays, and as part of the 2010 appropriations bill for the Defense Department (the Act), President Barack Obama today signed into law an extension to the subsidy for COBRA created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The legislation extended the period...

 

HTMLDo Your Health and Wellness Plans Violate GINA?
Stephanie Alden Smithey, Timothy J. Stanton; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 6, 2009, previously published on October 06, 2009
Many employers with wellness programs that use health risk assessments will have to modify their assessments to avoid running afoul of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), under final interim regulations set to appear in the Federal Register on October 7, 2009.

 

HTMLWhat's happening with Health and Welfare Plans? More than You Might Think . . .
Kurt J. Smidansky, Timothy J. Stanton; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2009, previously published on August 13, 2009
Even before Congress began laboring over the potentially biggest health care legislation in years, employers had - or should have had - plenty of health and welfare plan issues on their agendas for the second half of 2009.

 

HTMLStimulus Bill Includes Significant COBRA Changes for Employers
Timothy J. Stanton, Brian D. Black, Steven R. Schinderle; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 8, 2009, previously published on April 2009
The sprawling stimulus legislation that may or may not jumpstart the U.S. economy has certainly jumpstarted employers' interest in coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).

 


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