Coca-Cola gets final OK to fund benefit risks with captive insurer

The U.S. Department of Labor has given final approval to The Coca-Cola Co. to expand the use of its South Carolina captive insurance company to fund additional benefits risks. Read More..
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New Enforcement and Reporting Rules Applicable to Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs)

On March 1, 2013, the Department of Labor published two sets of final regulations relating to multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs) – one containing enforcement rules and the other reporting requirements. (In general, an MEWA is any arrangement which is established or m
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The Departments Provide Transitional Relief to Expatriate Health Plans

 In a single FAQ released on March 8th, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury (the “Departments”) provided transition relief to expatriate health plans with respect to the certain requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
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DOL’s Final MEWA Rules Increase Reporting Obligations and Enforcement Authority to Combat Abuses and Extend 2012 M-1 Filing Deadline

 The Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued two final rules to implement health care reform provisions relating to multiple employer welfare arrangements (“MEWA”). To combat fraud and other abuses, the final rules will increase MEWA reporting requirements and stren
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Employee Benefits-DOL Says That SBCs Need Not Be Provided For Medicare Advantage Plans

  In FAQ Part X on the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) says that, if one of the benefit packages in a group health plan is a Medicare Advantage plan, the employer is not required to provide a summary of benefits and coverage (an “SBC”) for that package. &
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Agencies Propose Procedural Options for Contraception Coverage for Certain Self-Insured Religious Plans

February 4, 2013 — The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury on Friday released a Proposed Rule which describes options as to how non-exempt self-insured religious plans are to comply with the ACA’s contraception coverage mandate. This communication
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FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XI

Set out below are additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act. These FAQs have been prepared by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments). Like
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Take 5 Newsletter: 5 Ways Employers Can Prepare for the Affordable Care Act

With the U.S. presidential election behind us, it is clear that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) is likely here to stay, having survived a U.S. Supreme Court case challenge last June. While affected employers can avoid facing penalties
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DOL Issues Guidance on “Caring for an Adult Child” Under the FMLA

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) to clarify the factors an employer must consider when an employee requests leave to care for an adult child. Read More..
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AMICUS COMMITTEE UPDATE

WA S 5126, SC S 258, AZ H 2238, AZ H 2239 and NB LB 479 WashingtonSenate Bill 5126 is, according to the bill itself, “an explicit restatement of the legislature’s original intent to grant the Department of Labor and Industries or a self-insured employer the authority to reimburs
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