Employers To Be Required to Provide Employees Duplicative New Description of Health Care Benefits by September 23, 2012

This week, DOL issued final PPACA regulations requiring all health plans, including large employers’ self-insured plans, to issue to participants a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBCs), and though the rules incorporate some minor improvements over the earlier proposal, the Departme
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Labor: Checking in with recent and upcoming FMLA decisions

Three years after the effective date of the latest revision to regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), issues concerning the FMLA continue to be a focus of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the courts. Read More..
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DOL proposes rulemaking to implement statutory amendments to FMLA

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced on Jan. 30 that the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement new statutory amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act that would expand military family leave provisions and incorporate a special el
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US Department of Labor announces supplemental funding to help North Carolina residents looking for work cover health insurance payments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $2 million National Emergency Grant supplemental award, in the form of a National Emergency Grant, to provide an estimated 1,175 additional jobless workers in North Carolina with partial premium payments for health insurance
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The Proposed MEWA Rules: Cracking Down On Health Insurance Scams

With little fanfare and little attention from the media, the Obama Administration recently issued proposed rules to crackdown on health insurance scams that use ERISA to avoid state law enforcement and regulatory actions. Since the 1974 enactment of ERISA — the federal law governing e
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Labor Department Seeks Tougher Rules on ‘Multiple-Employer’ Plans

Federal officials hope to crack down more effectively on operators of “multiple employer” health plans that have defrauded small businesses and their workers of hundreds of millions of dollars, often leaving them stuck with unpaid medical bills, according to new rules proposed Monday
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EBSA Proposes Change to MEWA Form 5500 Reporting Requirements

Employers and plan administrators with multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs) that had not been required to file a Form 5500 for their MEWA may have to if a proposal by the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is adopted. Read More..
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DOL Clarifies Mental Health Parity’s Effect on Pre-Authorization

The effect of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) on prior authorization practices and other “nonquantitative treatment limitations” was clarified Nov. 17 in guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Read More..
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DOL Issues FAQs on Health Care Reform and the Mental Health Parity Requirements

On November 17, 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on health care reform and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The FAQs provide guidance on the health plan benefits summary requirement under health care re
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Now’s the Time for Plan Sponsors to Prepare for Implementation of New DOL Fee Disclosure Regulations – Part II, Participant Fee Disclosure

Good news: As we noted in our September alert about the service provider fee disclosure regulations, in July the Department of Labor extended the deadlines for complying with the new retirement plan fee disclosure regulations. Bad news: With the extended deadlines just around the corn
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