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February 7, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

Mental Health Parity Compliance: Report to Congress Sheds Light on NQTL Comparative Analyses Requirement

"While access to mental health services is the primary driver for the Departments, it seems clear from these recommendations that the Departments would like to increase their authority by expanding enforcement jurisdiction and directly auditing insurer and TPA practices."  MORE >>

Morgan Lewis

[Guidance Overview]

2022 Mental Health Parity Report to Congress Highlights Increased Enforcement Efforts

"The Departments reported that none of the comparative analyses reviewed to date have contained sufficient information upon initial receipt to satisfy the Departments' expectations. The Report suggests that this reflects a lack of motivation or effort by health plans to undertake the work necessary to comply with the substantive requirements of MHPAEA and the documentation requirements of the CAA.... The Report describes auditing efforts by the Departments that represent a significant increase in the volume, intensity, and sophistication of investigations into parity compliance compared to prior years."  MORE >>

Epstein Becker Green

[Guidance Overview]

You Have Questions, the Government Has Answers Regarding Group Health Plan Coverage of At-Home COVID-19 Tests

"When providing coverage of at-home tests through a direct-to-consumer arrangement, group health plans must cover reasonable shipping costs and sales tax in a manner consistent with other items or products provided by the group health plan via mail order.... The direct coverage arrangement does not have to cover every eligible test from every manufacturer."  MORE >>

Miller Johnson

[Guidance Overview]

Agencies Provide Clarifying Guidance on Group Health Plan Coverage of Over-the-Counter At-Home COVID-19 Tests

"On Friday, February 4, 2022 ... the Departments released ... FAQs Part 52, which clarifies their prior guidance on the new coverage requirements.... [T]he new guidance provides some additional flexibility for plans trying to meet the 'safe harbor' that allows them to limit reimbursement to $12 per test (or, the cost of the test, if less) for tests purchased from non-network providers. The new guidance also answers a number of stakeholder questions about the coverage mandate outlined in FAQs Part 51."  MORE >>


Audit of TRICARE Telehealth Payments (PDF)

32 pages. "The [Defense Health Agency (DHA)] improperly paid claims for FY 2020 telehealth services.... These improper payments occurred because the DHA did not have controls in place to prevent payment when the claims for originating site and distant site services were performed by the same provider, or when the beneficiary was not present at the originating site.... As a result of improperly paid telehealth claims, ... the DHA potentially overpaid health care providers for originating site fees by $620,162 from October 2019 through June 2020."  MORE >>

Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense

Benefits in General

Making a One-Time Transfer from an IRA to an HSA

"A qualified HSA funding distribution (QHFD) allows for the transfer of funds from an IRA to an HSA. The rollover is tax-free. Moving funds from an IRA to an HSA may have more tax advantages than saving in an IRA alone."  MORE >>


Employee Benefits Jobs

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Cetera Retirement Plan Specialists


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Utica NY / Huntingdon Valley PA

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for BPAS

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The Retirement Advantage, Inc. (TRA)


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for Webber Advisors & Retirement Plan Solutions Retirement Plan Consultant

Webber Advisors & Retirement Plan Solutions

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Press Releases

Coffey Honored with 2022 Schiller Award

National Tax-Deferred Savings Association [NTSA]

Zingaro Takes Helm as 2022 NTSA President

National Tax-Deferred Savings Association [NTSA]

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Text of Agency FAQs Part 52: FFCRA and CARES Act Implementation, Plan Coverage of OTC COVID-19 Tests

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]; U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]; and U.S. Treasury Department

Illinois Employers: Are You Complying with the Consumer Coverage Disclosure Act?

Groom Law Group

Regulators' First Report on Mental Health Parity Analysis Finds Issues


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