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COMPLIANCE UPDATE: OPEN ENROLLMENT 2020 BENEFIT NOTICES

Employers that sponsor group health plans should provide certain benefit notices in connection with their plans’ open enrollment periods. Some of these notices must be provided at open enrollment […]
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ACA Compliance Bulletin: IRS Expands Preventive Care for HDHPs to Include Chronic Conditions

OVERVIEW On July 17, 2019, the IRS released Notice 2019-45 to add care for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive care benefits that can be […]
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Healthcare Compliance Bulletin: California Enacts State Individual Mandate

OVERVIEW On June 28, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a state budget for 2019-2020 that establishes a state individual mandate, effective Jan. 1, 2020. This state-based […]
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Compliance Overview: CONNECTICUT ENACTS PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE LAW

OVERVIEW On June 25, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Public Act 19-25 into law, establishing a statewide paid family and medical leave program. This new paid family leave […]
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Compliance Overview: Final Rules – Two New HRA Options for 2020

The Department of the Treasury, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services (the Departments) have jointly released the final expanded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) […]
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HHS Releases FAQs Regarding HIPAA Right of Access as it Relates to Health and Wellness Apps

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a set of FAQs from the Office of Civil Rights. These FAQs are meant to address the Health Insurance […]
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News Brief: PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER INTENDED TO INCREASE HEALTH CARE PRICE TRANSPARENCY

On Monday, June 24, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an executive order designed to increase pricing and quality transparency in health care. The president’s executive order is the latest […]
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Compliance Update: EEOC Expected to Publish New Wellness Rules in 2019

OVERVIEW The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced its plans to issue new proposed rules on permissible wellness incentives under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by the […]
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Compliance Overview: ERISA Fidelity Bonds

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) sets rules and standards of conduct for employee benefit plans maintained by private-sector employers and those who invest and manage […]
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NEWS BRIEF: New Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Reducing Health Care Costs Proposed

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the Senate Health Committee proposed a bipartisan bill called the Lower Health Care Costs Act. This bill sets out to address surprise medical billing, […]
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