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In a televised address on Thursday September 9th, President Biden announced that new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules would be released in coming weeks mandating that employers with 100 or more employees require their employees to complete a COVID-19 vaccination or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. The president also announced a series of […]
In October 2020, CMS Released its Transparency in Coverage Final Rules (the “TiC Final Rules”) which require non-grandfathered group health plans and carriers offering health insurance in the individual and group markets to: (1) make available to the public three separate machine-readable files (for in-network rates, out-of-network allowed amounts, and prescription drugs) that include detailed […]
Client Alert: Summary of Mental Health Parity and Transparency Provisions Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CAA”), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, included several provisions impacting group health plans and health insurance issuers. Below is a summary of the provisions focused on mental health parity and health plan transparency (specifically, broker/consultant commissions and pharmacy benefits and drug costs).Mental Health Parity The […]
On July 13, 2021, the DOL, HHS, and IRS released a joint Interim Final Rule implementing specified provisions of the No Surprises Act, a new law included within the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The No Surprises Act addresses, among other things, a prohibition on surprise billing, which impacts emergency room parity rules previously implemented under […]
On May 10, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-26, which provides additional guidance on relief authorized under in the Consolidated Appropriations Act , 2021 (CAA), the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and previous IRS guidance issued in Notice 2021-15. Specifically, IRS Notice 2021-26 clarifies the maximum amount that can be excluded from an individual’s gross […]
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