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Guidance Clarifies Certain Preventive Care Requirements

Recent guidance issued jointly by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury clarifies how the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide cost-free coverage for preventive care applies to several types of products and services. In particular, the guidance clarifies that:  Coverage for all types of contraception (currently 18 different types are [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Government Agencies Release Further Accommodations to Organizations Opposing Mandated Contraceptive Coverage

In response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor (DOL) published proposed rules on August 22, 2014, expanding the availability of the religious accommodation to the contraceptive mandate provided in their July 2013 final regulations to closely held [&hellip… Continue Reading »

New FAQs Address Effect of Affordable Care Act on COBRA and Other Matters

In a wide-ranging set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other guidance, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services have addressed a number of issues pertaining to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They include issues pertaining to COBRA and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), annual cost-sharing limits, preventive care, [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Final Regulations Issued on Contraceptive Coverage, Religious Organizations

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury recently released final regulations on the exemption from providing coverage for contraceptive and certain other preventive services that is available to certain religious organizations. The final regulations apply to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. The final rules adopt most of the [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Agencies Issue New FAQs on Affordable Care Act Issues

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury have collectively issued a new series of frequently asked questions and answers primarily directed toward preventive care issues. The new FAQs address a range of specific issues relating to the requirement that health plans (other than grandfathered plans) make coverage for preventive care available without [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Expanded Contraception Coverage Exemption for Religious Organizations Proposed by HHS and IRS

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury have released proposed regulations, a fact sheet, and a press release on the Affordable Care Act contraceptives coverage under Women’s Preventive Health Services and the exemption for religious organizations. This proposal, issued on January 30, 2013, attempts to accommodate religious employers’ objections to all or some [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Additional Guidelines Issued on Health Plan Coverage for Women’s Preventive Health Care

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has endorsed new guidelines for the coverage of women’s preventive health care services applicable to group health plans. Although many group health plans already cover a range of women’s preventive health care services, employers and other plan sponsors will need to assess the scope of their plans’ [&hellip… Continue Reading »

New Regulations Address Preventive Services under Health Care Reform

The U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services have jointly released regulations that address the preventive health care requirements established by the recent health care reform legislation. The regulations apply to plan years beginning on and after September 23, 2010. For calendar year plans, the rules take effect January 1, 2011. The [&hellip… Continue Reading »