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May 12, 2011
Medicare Part D Updates
Change in Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Period plus New Model Notices of Creditable and Non-Creditable Coverage
Update: Wellness Program – ADA Class Action Case
In the April Benefit Beat, a class action lawsuit (Bradley Seff v. Broward County) was mentioned relating to an employer offering financial incentives for participating in a group wellness program. This case addresses the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to wellness programs. Specifically, a group of employees challenged the employer’s imposition of a wellness program that requires completion of a health risk assessment (HRA). Failure to complete the HRA would result in a financial penalty. The complainant alleged that this was a violation of the ADA because it impermissibly requested medical information. Generally, the ADA permits the collection of medical information as long as it is voluntary. The “voluntary” nature of the medical information collection was in question.
May 11, 2011
The Outlook for Major Tax Reform: What You Need to Know
April 18, 2011
HRB 34 - Repeal of Free-Choice Vouchers and Form 1099 Reporting
April 5, 2011
ADAA Regulations Issued – Discrimination is the Focus
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA) was enacted September 25, 2008. This law amended the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which became law on July 26, 1990 (see ADA Amended from the October, 2008 Benefit Beat). On March 25, 2011, final regulations implementing the ADAA were issued. These regulations become effective on May 24, 2011.
Financial Incentives for Wellness Program Participation: Employers Beware
The increased use of wellness programs raises issues relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (see Health Risk Assessments: Where Do They Stand? from the June 2009 edition of the Benefit Beat). The potential risk can arise in a couple ways, such as inquiring about non-job related disability, or making coverage under a health plan contingent upon completing a health risk assessment. The EEOC has not provided formal guidance on this matter; however, have issued two informal opinions.
April 4, 2011
HRB 33 - Grandfathered Status and ERRP Updates
The Agencies (DOL, HHS and IRS) have recently issued some additional sub-regulatory guidance relating to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. These 6 new FAQs relate primarily to determining grandfathered status as follows:
March 30, 2011
HRB 32 - IRS Issues Interim Guidance on W-2 Reporting
March 22, 2011
HRB 31 - Delay in Claims and Appeals Enforcement
March 2, 2011
Marriage - Where Does It Stand?
Even without a full blown philosophical discussion of the meaning of marriage, the issues surrounding this concept are fraught with uncertainty. On February 23, 2011, in a letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and by an Official Statement, Attorney General Eric Holder, on behalf of the Department of Justice (DOJ), indicated that the DOJ will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA is a federal law, enacted in 1996 (codified at 1 U.S.C. §7 and 28 U.S.C. §1738C), that defines marriage as, “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife”.