Regulating Wellness

A key part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is its emphasis on preventive care and wellness. To that end, in November 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed regulations governing how employers can structure and run their wellness programs, inc
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DOL Issues Guidance on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Posted on May 12, 2012 by Ilyse Schuman, J.D., Littler The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has issued a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MH
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Agencies Issue New Guidance on Mental Health Parity Requirements

Posted on May 2, 2012 by Marcia Wagner, J.D., The Wagner Law Group In November 2011, the IRS, DOL and HHS issued Part VII of their Frequently Asked Questions About Affordable Care Act Implementation (“FAQs”). In particular, the FAQs provide guidance on the Mental Health Parity and Add
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DOL Begins Enforcing the ACA through Plan Audits

Recent written audit requests to health and welfare plans from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) have included inquiries related to various mandates under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or the Act). This is a significant development in the ongoing implementation of the ACA’s
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DOL Audits Health Reform Compliance of Employer Plans

It may seem paradoxical that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) should begin auditing health plans for compliance with the health reform law’s mandates, given that the U.S. Supreme Court could very well strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for being unconstitutional in early summ
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DOL Field Assistance Bulletin Addresses Use of Plan Assets for Apprenticeship and Training Program Expenses

In a field assistance bulletin, the Department of Labor (DOL) addressed when the use of Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) plan assets to pay for marketing and graduation ceremonies for training and apprenticeship programs may be permissible. To promote compliance
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DOL Releases New Guidance on SBC Preparation and Delivery

DOL Releases New Guidance on SBC Preparation and Delivery The Department of Labor released a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” to clarify some of the basic aspects of preparing and providing the new Summary of Benefits and Coverage. Notable in the release is the announce
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ERIC Urges DOL to Permit Broader Use of Electronic Media for Participant Disclosures

Washington, D.C. — ERIC, as part of a coalition of 14 other business trade associations, on March 27 urged the Department of Labor to permit broader use of electronic communications to deliver the disclosures to retirement plan participants required by new DOL regulations. Read
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Republicans attack ACA’s contraceptive coverage in court

It had to happen sooner or later. Republicans are taking the issue of the ACA’s mandatory contraceptive coverage provisions to court. On February 15, the Labor Department, the HHS, and the IRS issued regulations reaffirming that certain religious employers are allowed an exempti
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Final Rule Issued on the Affordable Care Act’s Summary of Benefits and Coverage

The Department of Labor (DOL), the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the “Departments”) have released a Final Rule implementing the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) and Uniform Glossary that is required under the Affordable Care Act.1 The
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