Topic: health

Healthcare Reform: New Rules for Birth Control Coverage

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… Since its introduction in August 2011, the contraceptive coverage mandate – which requires employer-sponsored health plans to include coverage for birth control medications and devices – has been one of the more controversial provisions of the Obama Administration’s healthcare reform measures. Jean Hemphill of law firm… Read more »

Are Vegans Protected in the Workplace?

Here’s something to chew on: are vegans protected for their beliefs in the workplace? Thanks to a recent federal court ruling, we should be able to find out. The background, from labor attorney Maria Greco Danaher of law firm Ogletree Deakins: “Sakile Chenzira, a confirmed vegan, was … was allowed to forego [for more than… Read more »

Health Care Reform: Final Rules for SBC Released

On February 14, 2012, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services published final regulations on the new Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) that insurers and group health plan administrators will be required to distribute later this year. Designed to provide clear and consistent information across health plans, the SBC will enable… Read more »

Health Care Reform – Proposed Rules for Summary of Benefits and Coverage

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, insurers and employers alike will need to provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) – a standardized plain-English description of benefits, coverage and costs – for each health care plan they offer. From lawyers and law firms on JD Supra, here’s what you need to know about the recently proposed… Read more »

Healthcare Reform Update: PPACA’s Individual Mandate Ruled Unconstitutional

  Not surprisingly, we’re seeing significant (and growing) interest in last week’s Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. We’ll continue to update this reading list as additional commentary and analysis comes in: 11th Circuit Rules PPACA Mandate is Unconstitutional – Supreme… Read more »

HIPAA By The Numbers

Culled from recent law firm updates on JD Supra, here’s a look at the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by the numbers: 150: The number of HIPAA audits of covered entities and their business associates that the Office of Civil Rights has hired KPMG to do before December 31, 2012.  HIPAA Audits Are Coming: KPMG… Read more »