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Jul 09 2010
Employee Benefits

HHS launches HealthCare.gov

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently launched a new website, designed to connect consumers with new information and resources to enable them to access quality, affordable health care coverage. website features a central database of health coverage options, including information about public programs, from Medicare to…

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Jun 30 2010
Employee Benefits

DOL issues health care reform model notices

The U.S. Department of Labor has released model notices to meet the following notice requirements imposed by recent federal health care reform guidance: ·          Notice of Lifetime Limits: This notice contains information on the removal of any lifetime limits on the dollar value of coverage, and of the right to re-enroll in the plan after previously exceeding the plan’s…

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Jun 30 2010
Employee Benefits

Retiree reinsurance program now taking applications

The Department of Health and Human Services has apply now!

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Jun 24 2010
Employee Benefits

Additional health care reform details revealed

More guidance on federal health reform mandates has been issued by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury. This latest round of  PCEs: Annual Limits                               The term “essential health benefits” will be defined in future guidance, but in the meantime, for enforcement purposes, the regulators will take into account good faith efforts to comply with a reasonable interpretation of the term. Additionally, the guidance indicates that health reimbursement…

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Jun 18 2010
Employee Benefits

Guidance issued on grandfathered health plans

75 Fed Reg 34538, June 17, 2010). Under the grandfathering provision, health plans that were in existence on March 23, 2010 need not comply with many aspects of health care reform. This new guidance clarifies that grandfathered collectively bargained plans must implement the same provisions that non-union grandfathered plans must…

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Jun 16 2010
Employee Benefits

FAQs, instructions and application released for Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

Thinking of applying for reimbursements under the new Early Retiree Reinsurance Program? Check out new instructions for the program study by the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) predicts that the $5 billion appropriation for the program will run out in two years.

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Jun 16 2010
Employee Benefits

Health care reform:  Planning for 2010 and beyond

Puzzled over health care reform? Join us for a free one-hour webinar in which we’ll highlight the key provisions that will affect employers and the health plans they sponsor. We’ll unravel the complexity, answer your questions and help you plan for health reform compliance in 2010 and beyond. We’ll cover:• Key provisions that will impact…

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Jun 04 2010
Employee Benefits

COBRA subsidy eligibility ends (for now)

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May 28 2010
Employee Benefits

Early retiree reinsurance program takes shape

75 Fed Reg 24450, May 5, 2010). Under the program, created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( 

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May 21 2010
Employee Benefits

Regulations issued for adult child coverage to age 26

Have questions about your obligation to provide health coverage to your employees’ adult children? Good news! Interim final rules clarifying the mandate have been issued by the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (  

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