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11/07/2013

HHS Says Qualified Health Plans Are Not ‘Federal Health Care Programs’

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that qualified health plans (QHPs) established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—which include federally-facilitated insurance exchanges and federal subsidies available for low-income consumers to purchase health insurance—are not “federal health care programs” under the Social Security Act. If this interpretation withstands or avoids judicial review, … Continue Reading »
05/09/2013

Treasury Proposes Minimum Value Rules for Health Plans

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has published proposed regulations that provide guidance on how an employer may determine whether its group health plan provides “minimum value.” This determination is important because a large employer (generally speaking, with 50 or more full-time employees) faces a $3,000 annual penalty (under Code section 4980H(b)) with respect to each … Continue Reading »
02/26/2013

HHS Finalizes Essential Health Benefits and Related Health Plan 2014 Requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued final regulations and a set of frequently asked questions and answers establishing standards for the provision of essential health benefits in the individual and small group insurance markets, both inside and outside of an Exchange. In large part, the final rules adopt standards set forth in the proposed regulations … Continue Reading »
01/29/2013

HHS Releases Proposed Application Process for Affordable Insurance Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed rules designed to create a single, streamlined application process for several government health insurance programs. The application process is being developed in preparation for the Health Exchange Programs that begin on January 1, 2014, under the Affordable Care Act. The proposed rules summarize changes … Continue Reading »
11/29/2012

Guidance Issued on Essential Health Benefits and Other Individual and Small Group Market Reforms

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued two sets of proposed regulations issued under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will affect the design, availability, and cost of health insurance plans, primarily in the individual and small group markets. Most significantly, HHS has published proposed regulations defining the “essential health benefits” … Continue Reading »
02/27/2012

HHS Releases FAQs on Essential Health Benefits

On February 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a set of FAQs concerning the Essential Health Benefits Bulletin it issued on December 16, 2011. The FAQs offer new guidance and raise new questions about the scope of what is considered an essential health benefit (EHB) for purposes of applying … Continue Reading »
01/19/2012

Health and Welfare Benefits in 2012

Although the pace of new legislation affecting health and other welfare benefits has slowed after the first two years of the Obama Administration, plan sponsors will find no shortage of developments to monitor and implement in 2012. This alert provides a very brief review of recent developments and matters to watch in the new calendar … Continue Reading »
08/17/2011

More Guidance Provided on State Health Insurance Exchanges

Following up on guidance issued last month, the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed two new sets of regulations and the Department of the Treasury has proposed one on the state-based health insurance marketplaces known as Affordable Insurance Exchanges. (To view our alert on the earlier guidance, click here.) The Patient Protection and … Continue Reading »
05/20/2010

IRS Issues Guidance on Small Employer Health Insurance Expense Tax Credit

The IRS has issued a notice explaining provisions in the recently enacted health care reform legislation that establish a federal income tax credit for small employers who implement or maintain health insurance coverage for employees. The notice clarifies various aspects of the new rules, including the following: To qualify for the full tax credit, an … Continue Reading »
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