Contraceptive Coverage Proposals Would Expand Role of Insurers and TPAs

On March 16, 2012, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury requested public comments on a proposed accommodation for religious organizations that object to providing contraceptive coverage, as required under health care reform’s preventive services rules
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DOL’s ‘good faith’ compliance standard for SBC rules fails to relieve burden on employer plan sponsors

WASHINGTON, DC — We are very disappointed that guidance issued today by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury has reiterated that employers will have as little as six months to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) Summary of B
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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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Agencies Issue Guidance on Automatic Enrollment, Employer Mandate, and Waiting Periods

On the same day that they released final regulations on the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (see our recent Client Alert on SBCs), the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (the “Departments”) also issued a joint set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) addres
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Employers Slow to Nurture Breastfeeding Break Rule; DOL Begins Enforcement

It’s been two years since passage of a controversial federal law guaranteed break time and private space for nursing mothers to express milk at work. Women’s rights and business groups say many women who could benefit from the new right may not know about it. Read More..
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Final Regulations Address Summary of Benefits and Coverage

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires group health plans and health insurers to prepare and distribute a brief, uniform summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) that aims to provide individuals with a better understanding of the health coverage offered under an arrangement and a basis
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DOL’s Model FMLA Forms Now Approved Through 2015. Details Here…

As I reported last month, the Department of Labor has been working with the Office of Management and Budget to extend the life of its model FMLA forms, which expired on December 31, 2011. If you checked the DOL website today, you would find that the Department now has approval to use
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Agencies Issue FAQs on Automatic Enrollment, Waiting Periods and Employer Shared Responsibility under Health Care Reform

The Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued frequently asked questions on health care reform provisions governing automatic enrollment in health plans, employer shared responsibility and the 90-day limit on
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Health plan auto-enrollment will be delayed past 2014, agencies say in new FAQs

Health care reform’s automatic-enrollment provisions won’t take effect in 2014 since finalizing rules will take longer than expected, IRS, DOL and HHS say in new guidance. Issued as frequently asked questions (FAQs), the guidance also hints at how regulators plan to implem
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New FMLA Proposal Ignores President’s Mandate to Avoid Rules That Are “Just Plain Dumb”

This week, HR Policy President and CEO Jeff McGuiness wrote a strong letter to DOL Secretary Hilda Solis expressing our disappointment in her Department’s failure to effectively implement the President’s regulatory reform agenda, including a proposed new rule that would make it even m
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