Employer-Sponsored Health Plans and Health Care Reform: Lots to Do!

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the health care reform law has been subject to a lot of analysis already, but the bottom line is that all of the health care reform provisions that apply to group health plans and insurers that sell coverage to group health plans have been left standing and employers must make sure that their health plans comply.  Many of the health care reform requirements are already in effect, and the U.S. Department of Labor includes questions and requests for documents relating to those requirements in its health plan audits.  Some employers may have deferred their compliance efforts pending the outcome of the constitutional challenges to health care reform and some may have been overwhelmed by the number of requirements and the amount of work required to ensure compliance.  This is a good time for all employers to review the requirements that are already in effect as well as those that will take effect in the next few months.


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