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What's the Fuss with Losing Grandfathered Status?
Excerpt: " After analyzing the additional costs of compliance with the provisions of PPACA that are applicable to non-grandfathered plans, plan sponsors should weigh those costs against the benefits of the proposed plan design change."
(Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP)
Guidance on Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions and Patient Protections
Excerpt: "Observation: The regulations do not provide a definition of essential health benefits, but instead refer to regulations that have not yet been issued. According to the preamble to these regulations, for plan years beginning before the future regulations defining the term 'essential health benefits' are issued, the Departments will take into account a good faith effort to comply with a reasonable interpretation of the term for enforcement purposes, as long as the good faith interpretation is applied consistently."
Small Employer Health Insurance Cost Tax Credit (PDF)
3 pages. Excerpt: "A taxable employer treats the credit as a general business credit, claims it on the employer's tax return, and offsets its tax liability for the taxable year by the amount of the credit. The credit can be used to reduce estimated tax payments for the year and, in some cases, the employer's alternative minimum tax liability."
(Holme Roberts & Owen LLP)
'Healthy San Francisco' Law Clears Supreme Court Hurdle
Excerpt: "After four years, San Francisco on Monday won its legal battle to provide health care for all its residents when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a business group's challenge to the Healthy San Francisco program."
(San Francisco Chronicle)
Reexamining Prescription Drug Benefits in Light of Recent Developments
Excerpt: "In response to recent developments in the prescription drug industry, employers may want to consider taking the following actions with respect to their prescription drug coverage: Revise PBM contracts in light of uncertainty in drug pricing and the composition of pharmacy networks."
(The Segal Group, Inc.)
More Benefits Are Available to Domestic Partners of Federal Employees
Excerpt: "In June 2009, the President asked the heads of executive departments and agencies to review the benefits they offered to determine whether any could be extended to same-s.ex domestic partners. After reviewing the submitted reports, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recommended that all the identified benefits be extended. On June 2, 2010, the President issued a Memorandum directing immediate action to extend the benefits and ordered the OPM to issue guidance."
(Deloitte via BenefitsLink.com)
Part-Time Workers to Get Help on Health Insurance Later
Excerpt: "Starting in 2014, the state-based exchanges, designed to help people find affordable health insurance, will offer a choice of subsidized health plans with different levels of coverage for part-timers and others who don't get insurance through their jobs."
(Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
The Employee Health Care Mindset: Views, Behaviors, and Solutions
Excerpt: "The consumer survey explored employees' and dependents' interactions with their employer-sponsored health benefit plans, and tested behavior change concepts that can be compared with employer efforts to promote health and productivity within the workforce."
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2010 SHRM Employee Benefits Survey Results (PDF)
88 pages. Excerpt: "According to this research, the majority of HR professionals indicated that their organizations have been negatively affected by the U.S. and global economic recession."
(Society of Human Resource Management)
Webcasts and Conferences
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