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Benefits Newsletter 2/18/20

February 18, 2020

In this Issue: Agencies Issue FAQs Clarifying Applicability of Updated 2021 SBC Template and Related Materials New Lawsuits Challenge Abortion Policy, Advisory Opinion on Association Health Plan 2018 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report Engaging and Monitoring Health Plan TPAs: Understanding Your Fiduciary Obligations IRS Tax Tip 2020-21: Taxpayers Must Reconcile Marketplace Advance Payments and …

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Benefits Newsletter 2/5/20

February 5, 2020

In this Issue: HHS Releases Proposed Benefit & Payment Parameters for 2021 Deadline is Approaching for Group Health Plan Service Agreement Updates ACA Litigation Round-Up: A Status Check IRS Confirms That Cafeteria Plans Need Not Permit Midyear Election Changes Supreme Court to Opine on ERISA Preemption as Applied to State Regulation of Pharmacy Benefit Managers …

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Benefits Newsletter 1/21/20

January 21, 2020

In This Issue: Diverse Stakeholders Ask Supreme Court to Promptly Hear ACA Case Health Plan Sponsors Welcome Repeal of Cadillac Tax Employment Data, Employee Benefits and the CCPA Budget Spending Deal Contains Changes That Impact Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans Questions Employees Are Asking in 2020 About ACA 1095-Cs Self-Funding Can Give Employers More Control Over …

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Five Health Care Fights to Watch in 2020

January 10, 2020

Advocates hope lawmakers can beat the odds and move major health care legislation in the new year. 2019 opened with bipartisan talk of cracking down on drug prices and surprise medical bills. But it ended without major legislation signed into law on either front, and a host of other health care battles, including a lawsuit …

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Benefits Newsletter 1/7/20

January 7, 2020

IN THIS ISSUE: Democratic AGs, House Ask Supreme Court for Expedited Review of Texas v. Azar Drugmakers Hike U.S. Prices on Over 200 Drugs Several New Laws Affect ACA and Employer-Sponsored Health Plans in 2020 Price Transparency: Agencies Issue Final Rule for Hospitals and Proposed Rule for Group Health Plans and Health Insurers Text of …

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Benefits Newsletter 12/10/19

December 10, 2019

In This Issue: All in the Family: Why Controlled Group Rules Matter Vetting Relationships for Telemedicine Collaborations 2019 Instructions for IRS 1094-C & 1095-B Does Your Company Have to File Forms 1094/1095 in New Jersey? 2019 IRS Form 1095-C: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Not Surprisingly, IRS Continues ACA Reporting Relief. But This Time …

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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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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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