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You Can’t Shop for Something if You Don’t Know the Cost

By |March 21st, 2019|

Should hospitals and other healthcare providers publicly disclose the secretly negotiated prices they charge insurance companies for their services?  Today’s complex arrangements, hidden charges, and lack of transparency make it hard to tell which hospitals and doctors are driving costs higher. Insurers and hospitals routinely enter into confidentiality agreements that [...]

Dave & Buster’s Busted

By |February 27th, 2019|

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requires larger employers (50 or more full-time equivalents) to offer “affordable” “minimum-value” health care to employees working 30 or more hours per week or face the possibility of significant penalties.  In response, some employers cut employee hours to avoid offering health insurance.  The recent class [...]

Employers Encouraged To Review Health Plan Administrators’ Payment Practices After Recent Court Decision

By |January 28th, 2019|

In Peterson v. UnitedHealth Group Inc., plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against United Healthcare claiming that its cross-plan offsetting practice violated ERISA.  This practice allows an insurer or third party administrator (TPA) to recover overpayments to a provider by offsetting future payments for claims related to different employers’ plans [...]

Don’t Lament, “I Could Have Done More”

By |January 1st, 2019|

Employers are often surprised to learn they are liable for ERISA statutory penalties associated with participant document requests even though they have retained an insurance company or TPA to administer their ERISA welfare benefits plans. Generally, only the Plan Administrator, as defined by ERISA, can be penalized for failure to respond [...]

Court Rules ACA Unconstitutional – But Law Remains in Effect for Now

By |January 1st, 2019|

In 2017 Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which reduced the individual mandate penalty to zero, effective January 1, 2019. Recently a federal district court in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is no longer permissible under Congress’s taxing power and that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) [...]

2019 Limits for Welfare Benefit Plans

By |December 1st, 2018|

The IRS has released the 2019 inflation-adjusted limits for certain welfare benefit plans and the amounts used for discrimination testing. The salary reduction limitation for health flexible spending account coverage for 2019 is $2,700, an increase of $50 over the amount for 2018. The 2019 health savings account ("HSA") limit [...]

Form W-2 Reporting of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage

By |December 1st, 2018|

The ACA requires large employers to report the total cost of employer-sponsored group health coverage on employees’ W-2s, which are due to employees by January 31, 2019. Reporting the cost of health care coverage on the Form W-2 does not mean that the coverage is taxable. It is for informational purposes only [...]

Health Plans Must Explain Reasonable and Customary

By |November 1st, 2018|

Lawsuits from non-network providers have been on the rise recently due to the sharp rise in their billing rates, more providers moving out-of-network, and self-insured health plans reducing reimbursement rates. One of the ways that health plans have curtailed out-of-network reimbursement rates is through reasonable and customary reductions. A health plan [...]

Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Against Surprise Medical Bills

By |October 1st, 2018|

Concern over surprise medical bills—those from out-of-network physicians that patients had no role in choosing—has grown tremendously in recent years.  Some states have taken steps to mitigate this problem. However, these measures do not apply to the roughly half of Americans enrolled in self-insured health plans because ERISA precludes states from [...]

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