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September 1, 2010
HRB 17 - Simple Cafeteria Plans
August 30, 2010
HRB 16 - Federal External Claims Review: Interim Procedures and Model Notices
August 24, 2010
HRB 15 - Salary-based Discrimination Rules Applicable to Fully Insured Group Health Plans
August 19, 2010
HRB 14 - Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (“PCIP”)
August 6, 2010
Mandatory Medicare Reporting for HRAs Clarified
As mentioned in the June Benefit Beat (Updated Information: Mandatory Medicare Reporting for HRAs), the rules relating to the Mandatory Medicare Reporting for health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) have been clarified. TheCMS Group Health Plan User Guide has been updated to reflect this. Of particular note, both “free-standing” and “imbedded” HRAs must comply with the mandatory reporting.
August 5, 2010
Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure Continuum
The DOL’s Employee Benefit Security Administration has been working on a multi-faceted approach to ensure adequate fee disclosures payable by retirement plans. The first prong came in the form of Schedule C reporting requirement; these requirements took effect for the 2009 plan year. The second prong relates to fee disclosure to plan sponsors. On July 16, 2010, the DOL issued interim final regulations addressing fee disclosure matters by service providers. Later this year, the DOL is expected to issue regulations relating to disclosure to participants.
More HIPAA Privacy Rules Proposed
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) included a law known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The HITECH Act made several changes to the HIPAA privacy and security rules.
COBRA Subsidy Expired
The COBRA premium assistance subsidy, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) in February, 2009, ended May 31, 2010, and has not been reinstated. Therefore, individuals who are involuntarily terminated after May 31, 2010, do not qualify for the subsidy. However, individuals who qualified for the subsidy on or before May 31, 2010 may continue to pay reduced premiums for the full subsidy period (15 months), as long as they are not eligible for another group health plan or Medicare.
August 3, 2010
HRB 13 - Expanded 1099 Reporting Requirements for 2012 and Call for Public Comment
HRB 12 - Break Time for Nursing Mothers