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September 18, 2019

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[Guidance Overview]

Prepare to Implement Paid Family and Medical Leave Under New Massachusetts Law

"Massachusetts employers should make their final preparations for the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program in advance of the Oct. 1, 2019, effective date for payroll deductions.... Over the past several weeks, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has continued to release developments and additional information regarding PFML and the implementation of the program."
Holland & Knight

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Agencies Ease ACA Rule on Drug Coupons and Out-of-Pocket Costs

"The 2020 HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters created confusion about the circumstances in which health plans may exclude participants’ drug coupon savings from counting toward the annual OOP cost limits. In [FAQs Part 40, DOL, HHS and IRS] say they won’t enforce the drug coupon provision for nongrandfathered plan years or policies beginning in 2020. Instead, the agencies intend to address this issue in the 2021 payment notice."
Mercer

DOL Opinion Letter Addresses Wage Garnishment of Employer HSA Contributions

"[DOL Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Opinion Letter CCPA2019-1 states] that HSA contributions that are already part of an HSA account ... are similar to earnings deposited into a bank account (and the WHD has previously indicated that the CCPA does not apply to these bank accounts). As a result, the WHD concluded that the CCPA does not apply to employer HSA contributions that already have been received by an employee's HSA account."
Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Serving Rural America: Health Insurance Providers at Work (PDF)

"[In this article are] five case studies that spotlight the work of eight insurance providers working in four states to address the challenges of rural health in America. These case studies feature innovative approaches to health care delivery, financing, and community engagement and exhibit the leadership of health insurance providers in delivering high-quality, affordable, accessible care to all Americans, including those in rural areas."
America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]

Health Systems Say Changes Are Needed to Accelerate Adoption of Risk-Based Payment Arrangements

"Less than 20 percent of respondents reported having more than half of their population covered by Medicare fee-for-service risk-based arrangements. Furthermore, over the next five years, only 5 percent of respondents expect to have more than 80 percent of their population in risk-based arrangements. Hospitals and health systems, however, remain interested in pursuing risk-based contracts, ranking Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored health plans and fee-for-service Medicare as the three priority areas."
Premier

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