These one-day regional seminars will provide a quick and cost-effective way for jointly-managed plans to know what they need to do now in response to unfolding reform regulations. Included is an afternoon workshop addressing the early retiree subsidy application process. Two additional workshop options are also offered -- Multiemployer Perspectives and Public/Governmental Plan Perspectives.
Proposed Modifications to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules to Implement HITECH Act (PDF)
19 pages. Excerpt: "This White Paper addresses the following notable provisions of the Proposed Rule: Part 1: New privacy and security standards imposed on business associates and their subcontractors; Part 2: Restrictions on marketing involving protected health information; Part 3: Restrictions on the sale of PHI; Part 4: Revisions to the requirements for use and disclosure of PHI for research purposes; Part 5: Other significant revisions to the Privacy Rule; Part 6: Revisions to the Enforcement Rule."
(McDermott Will & Emery)
Agencies Outline Preventive Care Coverage Requirements under PPACA (PDF)
6 pages. Excerpt: "The Regulations clarify that a network-based plan is not required to provide coverage for recommended preventive services delivered by an out-of-network provider and may impose cost-sharing requirements for any such out-of-network services that are offered."
(Alston & Bird LLP)
How to Keep Grandfathered Status Under Health Care Reform Rules
Excerpt: "This Update summarizes a recently issued interim final rule that explains which insured and self-insured health plans have grandfathered status, what can eliminate that exemption, and how grandfathered status affects compliance."
A First Year's Report Card for the COBRA Premium Assistance Program
Excerpt: "Based upon a literature scan, key informant interviews, and available data, this brief addresses key questions: To what extent did subsidy increase take-up of COBRA coverage? Did subsidy reduce 'adverse selection' of older, sicker people into COBRA coverage? Are yet higher subsidies or other measures needed to move closer to full enrollment? What are the implications for COBRA policy under health reform and for the implementation of health reform itself?"
Census Data Reveal Broad Differences Among States in Rates of Uninsured
Excerpt: "The statistics are for 2007 and show health insurance coverage by state and for each of the country's roughly 3,140 counties. The numbers do not include the impact on millions of people who lost their jobs and health insurance after the recession began in December 2007."
(The Washington Post; free registration required)
Benefits in General; Executive Compensation
Webcasts and Conferences
Newly Posted Employee Benefits Jobs
Subscribe to the BenefitsLink Retirement Plans Newsletter, Too!
Sign-up form is at https://benefitslink.com/newsletter (free).
This email has been published by:
1298 Minnesota Avenue, Suite H
Winter Park FL 32789
Fax: (407) 644-2151
Jeanette Hull, News Editor
David Rhett Baker, J.D., Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2010 BenefitsLink.com, Inc.; except that you can
forward this email in full (including this boilerplate part) or
otherwise reprint this email in full (including this boilerplate
part) without obtaining our permission.
Anyone can receive these emails; just have them sign up
at this web page: https://benefitslink.com/newsletter/
Other useful links: