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October 30, 2020

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[Official Guidance]

Text of CMS Proposed Regs: Basic Health Program -- Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2022

54 pages. "This document proposes the methodology and data sources necessary to determine Federal payment amounts to be made for program year 2022 to states that elect to establish a Basic Health Program under the Patient Protection and [ACA] to offer health benefits coverage to low-income individuals otherwise eligible to purchase coverage through Affordable Insurance Exchanges." Icon to read more

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS], U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]

[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline iconNew York City Publishes Updated Earned Safe and Sick Time Model Notice

"To comply with ESSTA, employers must [1] conspicuously post the model notice at an employer's place of business in an area accessible to employees and [2] provide the notice to each new hire at the commencement of employment, and to current employees by [specific] deadlines[.]" Icon to read more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

State Preemption of Local Paid Sick Days Ordinances

"Before the pandemic, 11 states, the District of Columbia, and 23 cities or counties had paid sick days (PSD) policies in place. At the same time, 23 states had preempted localities from enacting their own laws.... [This brief examines] how state preemption of local PSD policies affected states' ability to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and whether localities in states without PSD preemption have adopted new policies or innovations to respond to the COVID-19 crisis." Icon to read more

Urban Institute

Public’s Attitudes Toward Health Care During Pandemic Signal Long-Term Shift in Care Delivery

"68% of adults said they would likely see their primary doctor in light of COVID-19, up from 65% in July and 39% in April. Adults were least likely to say they'd see a mental health specialist, at 37%. Adults said they would put off health care because they don't need to see a doctor, are afraid of being infected with the coronavirus or are delaying all non-urgent care until the pandemic is under control." Icon to read more

Morning Consult

Health Insurance Plans on the Federal Marketplace -- A Comparison Worksheet

"This worksheet is designed to help people compare the details of up to four different plans side-by-side. It has space to record annual projected income, HealthCare.gov username and password, and application ID number, as well as a space for additional notes. This resource also includes a glossary of health insurance terms and some useful tips for selecting a plan." Icon to read more

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

[Opinion]

Public Disclosure of Privately Negotiated Rates Will Lead to Less Affordable Health Care for Americans

"We are disappointed that the final rule will work to reduce competition and push health care prices higher -- not lower -- for American families, patients, and taxpayers. This is precisely the opposite of what Americans want in their health care." Icon to read more

America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]

[Opinion]

Increased Price Transparency Has Potential to Lower Health Care Costs, Increase Value for Consumers

"Price transparency is an important part of the value equation and today's final regulations will significantly increase the price information available to employees and their families.... The final rules wisely provide additional time for employers to comply with its many new requirements." Icon to read more

American Benefits Council

Benefits in General

Resources on Time Off for Employee Voting: Rights and Trends

"While federal law does not require employers to give employees time off to vote, many state laws do.... To help employers address the related issues, this roundup provides links to some general information about voting rights and trends from organizations, government websites, third-party resources and news articles." Icon to read more

Mercer

Time Off for Employee Voting: Consider Being More Generous Than Laws Require

"Some states require an employee to give the employer notice, but then the employer must permit some amount of time off for voting. In general, it depends on when the employee's work shift starts and stops in relation to the polls being open.... Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas do not have notice requirements, but each state requires employers to grant employees time off to make their voice heard at the polls.... Generally, if an employee asks for time off to vote, see if you can work it out." Icon to read more

Bradley

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