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Health Laws -- 8 New Changes to Insurance
Excerpt: "A set of new consumer protections officially
went into effect
yesterday, Sept. 23, the six-month anniversary of the law. Here's a
guide to some of the changes -- and some of the caveats."
(Kaiser Health News)
IRS Issues Guidance on Over-the-Counter Medicines And Drugs
Excerpt: "The IRS guidance, which includes Notice 2010-59,
Ruling 2010-23, and questions and answers on the IRS website,
establishes a rule concerning what it means for an over-the-counter
medicine or drug to be 'prescribed,' sets forth new rules
use of debit cards for over-the-counter medicines and drugs after the
effective date of the rule, provides a transition rule for any needed
cafeteria plan amendments, and discusses when these new rules are
(Groom Law Group)
State Health Care Reform Update
Excerpt: "For the last few years, states have been leading the way
toward providing more comprehensive health care coverage to ensure that
more people have or can obtain health insurance. With the passage of
federal health care reform, states will have increasing responsibilities
in regard to employer-provided health insurance benefits."
Ohio to Propose Fix for Insurers Fleeing Child Coverage
Excerpt: "The Ohio Department of Insurance plans in the next
few days to
issue an emergency rule that officials hope will entice health insurers
to reverse decisions to stop offering child-only policies on the
individual market to avoid federal health reform requirements
. . . ."
(Business Courier of Cincinnati)
Health Care Reform: Summary of Key Changes in Coverage for Adult
Excerpt: "[Q:] What about state law? [A:] Some states,
such as New York
and New Jersey, have additional requirements for coverage of dependent
children. These requirements apply only to fully insured plans issued in
the applicable state, but not to self-funded plans."
(Jackson Lewis LLP)
Court Finds Employer Failed in Helping Employee Obtain Plan Documents
Excerpt: "An employer breached its fiduciary duty to an employee
taking additional steps to help her obtain copies of two resource tools
used in denying her son health plan benefits although it did not have
them in its possession, a court has ruled."
Even Well Children Cant Get Health Insurance in South Carolina
Excerpt: "As national health care reform takes effect,
carriers in South Carolina have halted access to new individual policies
for children -- a move that could leave families unable to find
insurance for their healthy children, advocates said."
Businesses Prepare for Healthcare Changes
Excerpt: "[S]ome business owners say they're holding back
new jobs because they're unsure if the newly added provisions
increase their health premiums or those of their customers."
(The Wall Street Journal)
Catholic Bishops Ask HHS Not to Require Coverage of Birth Control
Excerpt: "They noted that at least one drug already approved
by the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) for 'emergency contraception'
cause early abortions, so a mandate of prescription contraception
coverage as a preventive service would 'be in direct tension with
[PPACA's] statutory prohibition on mandating any abortion
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