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HHS Issues Report to Address Surprise Medical Billing

By |August 4th, 2020|

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the HHS Secretary’s Report on Addressing Surprise Billing which was required under President Trump’s Executive Order 13877. The Report calls for steps, including Congressional action, to combat surprise billing and promote pricing transparency, with the following principles in mind: [...]

New COBRA Compliance Developments May Require Employer Action

By |July 13th, 2020|

A constellation of recent developments related to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) should prompt employers to take action to ensure there are no errors or omissions in their communications and procedures that could invite legal or regulatory penalties. COBRA is the government mandate that allows employees [...]

Departments Issue Additional Guidance Related to COVID-19 Legislation

By |July 2nd, 2020|

coronavirus The Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury (the Departments) have jointly issued a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ #43) to provide additional guidance regarding the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA), [...]

Trump Administration Announces New Drug Importation Rules to Reduce Costs

By |December 20th, 2019|

Earlier this week, the Trump Administration issued a 172-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that, if finalized, would allow for the importation of certain prescription drugs and biologic products from Canada. The Administration also announced the availability of draft guidance on how manufacturers can import certain FDA-approved products that were [...]

WILL YOU BE AFFECTED BY NEW LABOR SECRETARY SCALIA?

By |October 2nd, 2019|

The U.S. Senate voted last week to approve President Trump’s nomination of Eugene Scalia to the role of Secretary of Labor. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Eugene Scalia is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was also Department of Labor (DOL) Solicitor General [...]

A TALE OF TWO FIDUCIARIES

By |September 4th, 2019|

Eric and Denise Kinsinger sued Eric’s employer, SmartCore, LLC, because its health plan failed to cover Denise’s hysterectomy despite preauthorization from the plan’s TPA. In addition to suing the corporation, the Kinsingers named plan administrators Steven Matthew Good and William H. Winn, Jr., personally as defendants for their roles as [...]

IRS Allows New Preventive Care Options for HSA-Compatible HDHPs

By |July 28th, 2019|

On July 17, 2019, the IRS, in conjunction with the Treasury Department, issued Notice 2019-45.  This notice expands the list of preventive care items and services permitted to be covered by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) before the deductible is satisfied, without jeopardizing the covered person’s ability to make [...]

NEW HRA REGULATIONS SPARK CONTROVERSY

By |July 14th, 2019|

On June 13, 2019, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury released final regulations that will expand the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), starting in January of 2020. The regulations will allow the integration of HRAs with individual health insurance coverage and also allow certain HRAs [...]

Trump Orders New Requirements for Upfront Hospital Cost Disclosure

By |June 26th, 2019|

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that may shake up the entire system of healthcare.  The goal of the order is to increase transparency in order to help reduce costs and improve the quality of care.  Under the order, patients will gain access to pricing information that [...]

The Camel’s Body is In the Tent

By |June 12th, 2019|

A bipartisan bill called the Lower Health Care Costs Act is under discussion in the Senate Health committee. It addresses surprise medical bills, high drug prices, and public health problems.  It would also improve transparency to ensure that pharmacy benefit managers pass along drug discounts to customers.  In addition, the [...]

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