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Proposed Rule Would Require Health Plans to Disclose Out-of-Pocket Costs by Providers

November 26, 2019

In a proposed regulation to be published Nov. 27 in the Federal Register, federal agencies suggest a rule that would require employer-sponsored group health plans to provide plan enrollees with estimates of their out-of-pocket expenses for services from different health care providers. Plans would make this information available through an online self-service tool so enrollees could shop and …

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Benefits Newsletter 11/26/19

November 26, 2019

In This Issue: How Common is Out-of-Network Billing? Here are the Top Wellness Benefits Sought by Employees ACA Round-Up: Latest Enrollment Number, New CSR Decision, and More D.C. Circuit Judges Hear Oral Arguments in Association Health Plans Case Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting Required for Prescription Drug Coverage Beginning in 2020 CMS Finalizes Hospital Price Transparency …

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Can an Employer Refuse to Hire an Employee Because of the Employee’s Risk of Developing a Disability?

November 19, 2019

The Seventh Circuit joins the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits in holding that such a refusal would not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. In Shell v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, No. 19-1030, the appellate court addressed the certified question “whether the ADA’s regarded-as provision encompasses conduct motivated by the likelihood that an …

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HR Newsletter 11/19/19

November 19, 2019

In This Issue: As the Workplace is Evolving, New Federal Labor Laws May Be On The Horizon Sixth Circuit Confirms Standard for ‘Regarded As’ Discrimination Under the ADA Five USERRA Responsibilities Employers Should Know Regarding Soldiers In The Workplace Can an Employer Refuse to Hire and Employee Because of the Employee’s Risk of Developing a …

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CONNECT Act – Telehealth is Here to Stay

November 12, 2019

With bipartisan bills introduced in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate on October 30, Congress appears ready to expand access to telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2019 (CONNECT Act) may eliminate significant barriers Medicare beneficiaries currently face …

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Benefits Newsletter 11/12/19

November 12, 2019

In This Issue: DOL Updates SBC Templates for Plan Years Beginning After January 1, 2021 Treasury Department and IRS Propose Individual Coverage HRA Affordability Safe Harbors HHS Increases Civil Money Penalties for HIPAA Noncompliance, Effective November 5, 2019 As Congress Works to Curb Surprise Medical Bills, New York’s Fix Gets Examined Can States Fill the …

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NLRB Provides Clarity on Confidentiality and Social Media Contact Rules

November 5, 2019

In LA Specialty Produce Co. (PDF), the National Labor Relations Board (the Board) applied its Boeing framework to an employer’s Confidentiality and Social Media Contact rules, finding both to be lawful. As the Board set forth in the 2017 case, The Boeing Company (PDF) (which we discussed in detail in a December 2017 E-lert), workplace …

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HR Newsletter 11/5/19

November 5, 2019

In This Issue: WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage, Tip, and Overtime Developments “I Love My Hair” – But Does Corporate America? What Does the EEOC Think About Religious Accommodations? It’s Spooky! NLRB Provides Clarity on Confidentiality and Social Media Contract Rules Another Year, Another Attempt in the U.S. Senate to Ban Non-Competes’ Nationwide Legal Pitfalls …

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