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July 26, 2010
HRB 11 - Internal Claims and Appeals, and External Review Process
July 15, 2010
HRB 10 - Preventive Health Services
July 12, 2010
HRB 9 - New Model Notices Issued
MHPAEA: Welcomed Non-enforcement Guidance
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), enacted on October 3, 2008, expanded the Mental Health Parity law, enacted in 1996. Since the issuance of the interim final MHPAEA regulations earlier this year, many insurers have expressed concern about the practice of having two different payment standards for outpatient services, specifically, a co-pay, for example, for office visits, and a co-insurance for all other services.
FMLA Broadened for Parents
The Family and Medical Leave Act was enacted in 1993 to provide time off and job protection in the event that an employee has a serious health condition, or to attend to a serious health condition of a family member, defined as a spouse, parent, son or daughter, as well as for the birth or adoption of a child. The law applies to employers employing 50 or more employees.
June 29, 2010
HRB 8 - Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Application Process Opened
June 23, 2010
HRB 7 - Patient’s Bill of Rights
June 16, 2010
HRB 6 - Grandfathered Health Plans Rules
June 11, 2010
HRB 5 - Early Retiree Subsidy – Initial Application Date is Approaching
June 7, 2010
No Change in Cost of Living Adjustments for HSAs
In Rev Proc 2010-22, the IRS released 2011 cost of living adjustments (COLA) for health savings accounts; however, you will note that there are no adjustments for 2011. A COLA is based on the cost of living index; which has dropped; and thus, there are no increases for 2011.