Month: November 2019

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

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 …

Benefits Newsletter 11/26/19

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 …

HR Newsletter 11/19/19

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 …

CONNECT Act – Telehealth is Here to Stay

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 …

Benefits Newsletter 11/12/19

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 …