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FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in the United States for use […]
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EXCHANGE SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PROVIDED DUE TO COVID-19

On Jan. 28, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new special enrollment period (SEP) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through Exchanges using the […]
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Significant Benefits Issues in New COVID-19 Relief Legislation

The COVID-19 relief bill recently passed by Congress contains several important employee benefit-related provisions, including restrictions on “surprise medical bills,” new plan and health cost reporting rules, and additional […]
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Understanding the $900B Stimulus Package

On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. The bill, which was part of a $1.4 trillion […]
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Final Rule on Health Care Transparency Issued

On Oct. 29, 2020, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a final rule regarding transparency in coverage that imposes new […]
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Draft Instructions for 2020 ACA Reporting Released

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft 2020 instructions related to forms for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. Draft forms for this reporting were […]
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Affordable Care Act: 2021 Compliance Checklist

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted in 2010. Since that time, a number of […]
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Exchange Notice Requirement for Employers

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, individuals and small businesses have access to insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Health Insurance Exchanges, which are also known as Marketplaces. The […]
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Annual CHIP Notice for Health Plans

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) permits states to offer eligible low-income children and their families a premium assistance subsidy to help pay for employer-sponsored […]
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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to the ACA After Election Day

The Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Nov. 10, 2020—after Election Day. A verdict on the […]
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