Topic: health care reform

In The Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Keeping track of the latest developments in labor and employment law can be challenging for employers and HR managers. What to know? Health care reforms, revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act, judicial interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to be sure. But also textual harassment, workplace investigations, internships, working interviews, and much… Read more »

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 »

Next Steps? What Employers Need to Know About Healthcare Reform [Video]

From law firm Warner Norcross & Judd, a look at what are currently the most pressing Healthcare Reform issues for employers and HR managers: Women’s preventive health care Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Reporting insurance coverage costs on W-2s Limits on Flexible Spending Account contributions Retiree prescription drug plans Medical loss ratio rebates Medicare… Read more »

Health Care Reform Is Here to Stay – Are You Ready?

“For employers and plan sponsors that have been adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach before focusing on compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the time to wait is over. PPACA’s insurance mandates, market reforms, and employer requirements generally will move ahead as scheduled, with most of PPACA becoming fully effective just… Read more »

Medical Loss Ratio Rebate: 3 Things To Know Before Cashing Your Check

One important provision of the healthcare reform law is the “medical loss ratio” (MLR) rebate, which requires insurers to spend a minimum amount of premiums on medical claims, or refund the difference to policyholders. From law firm Schnader: “Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health insurance issuers in the group or individual market… Read more »

Wellness Programs: Great Idea for Your Employees, But Watch Out for Pitfalls

Thanks to workplace wellness programs, employees across the country are losing weight, quitting smoking, and improving their overall physical health. But employees aren’t the only ones who benefit from a focus on health in the workplace. Law firm Snell & Wilmer: “The economic case for these programs is strong and supported by some pretty staggering… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – June 2012

The impact of Obamacare on smaller businesses, cloud computing legal issues, wage and hour lawsuits, and social media law are but a few of the subjects you’re reading about. For your reference, the most-read Small Business Support posts during the month of June, 2012: 1. Bring Your Own (Tech) Device to Work? That Could Be… Read more »

5 Immediate Steps for Businesses Now That Obamacare Upheld

“Although the Act was deemed largely constitutional, issues concerning the implementation and administration of the Act’s various coverage mandates may be litigated in years to come. For example, dozens of Catholic dioceses and schools filed lawsuits in a number of states charging the Act’s contraception coverage requirement violates their rights under the First Amendment to… Read more »

Obamacare Ruled Constitutional: What It Means for You

[Update: for a good understanding of what the decision means sector by sector, start with this analysis by Skadden: Supreme Court Narrowly Upholds Health Reform Law but Limits Congress’ Authority Over States… includes a look at the implications for employers, insurers, hospitals and institutional providers, and drug and device manufacturers.] See below for growing reading… Read more »

Health Plan Administration: SBC Deadline Approaches – Are You Ready?

Beginning September 23, 2012, health insurers and plan administrators will be required to distribute a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) to all participants. As its title suggests, the SBC is designed to describe benefits and coverage of a particular plan in clear language and a uniform format, and to help consumers better understand and… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – Mar 2012

What’s on your mind? Employee theft, internships, social media, business funding, healthcare reform, and a range of other small business-related legal topics. For your (re)reading pleasure, here’s a look at the most-read Small Business Support posts over the past month: 1. Employee Theft: What Are People Stealing on the Job? “No, it isn’t a headline… 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 »

Employer Health Care & W-2s: Mandatory Reporting of Costs in 2013

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in 2013 employers must begin reporting “aggregate costs” they pay for employee health coverage on the individual W-2 Forms of those employees. For your reference, five takeaways from the recently published Internal Revenue Service guidance on the reporting requirement: On Aggregate Costs… “‘Aggregate cost’ is the total… Read more »

PPACA: Reporting Employer Healthcare Costs

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in 2013 employers must begin reporting “aggregate costs” they pay for employee health coverage on the individual W-2 Forms of those employees. Morgan Lewis’ comprehensive overview of recently issued Internal Revenue Service guidance on the reporting requirement provides a useful resource for employers: “The Affordable Care Act… Read more »