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December 1, 2020

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[Guidance Overview]

Required Family and Medical Leave Extended to California Employers of Five or More Employees

"In the latest expansion of California's family and medical leave law, effective January 1, 2021, employers with five or more employees will be required to provide unpaid family and medical leave to qualifying employees. The new law ... also allows employees to take protected leave to care for an expanded set of family members under circumstances beyond what the earlier version of the law provided." Icon to read more

Davis & Gilbert LLP

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HHS Issues Final Rule on Drug Company Rebates

"The rule is scheduled to take effect in January 2022. While it applies to privately administered Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, that market is so large that pricing policy changes by pharmaceutical firms could spill over to the [ACA] marketplace and to employer-sponsored health plans[.]" Icon to read more

Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Latest ACA Case

"The Supreme Court decided to take the latest constitutional challenge to address four legal questions: [1] Whether Texas and the individual plaintiffs have standing to bring the lawsuit to challenge the individual mandate. [2] If the plaintiffs have standing, whether the TCJA rendered the individual mandate unconstitutional. [3] If unconstitutional, whether the remaining portions of the ACA can survive. [4] If the entire ACA is found to be unconstitutional, whether the entire law should be unenforceable nationwide or whether it should be unenforceable only to the extent that provisions injure the individual plaintiffs." [California v. Texas, No. 19-840; Texas v. California, No. 19-1019 (cert. pet. granted Mar. 2, 2020; oral arg. Nov. 10, 2020)] Icon to read more

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Restore Preventive Health Care During COVID-19

"This disruptive period provides a rare opportunity for health plans and providers to partner in targeted areas of benefit to members, patients, and communities. In particular, working together to strengthen patients' sense of value and trust in preventive and chronic care while maintaining COVID-19 safety precautions will be critical to reducing preventable morbidity and mortalities, as well as unnecessary costs." Icon to read more

Moss Adams LLP

Prepare for the Big Reset in Benefits

"2021 is destined to be the Year of the Big Reset as employers and employees adjust to what the coronavirus has brought about in terms of needs and expectations.... [1] The reset on health plans -- and benefit programs ... [2] The growing need for mental health and financial wellness support ... [3] Focus sharpens on COVID vaccines and specialty drug cost pressure continues." Icon to read more

HUB International

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