Information Center - Health Care Reform

Compliance Bulletin: New Resources for Mental Health Parity Compliance

The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided new resources to promote compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Employers should use the DOL’s resources to review their health plan’s compliance with the MHPAEA.Contact your Cowden representative for more information on this or other compliance issues.Read Compliance Bulletin PDF

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Compliance Bulletin: HHS Extends Transition Policy for Non-ACA Compliant Health Plans

On April 9, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended an existing transition policy for certain health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for an additional year, to policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2019. Any plans that are renewed under this transition policy must

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New Rules for Disability Claims Will Take Effect on April 1, 2018

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that, effective April 1, 2018, employee benefit plans must comply with new requirements for disability benefit claims. In December 2016, the DOL released a final rule to strengthen the claims and appeals requirements for plans that provide disability benefits. The final rule was scheduled to take effect on

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Compliance Bulletin: DOL Delays New Rules for Disability Benefit Claims

In December 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule to strengthen the claims and appeals requirements for plans that provide disability benefits and are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The final rule was scheduled to apply to claims that are filed on or after January 1, 2018. However,

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Compliance Bulletin: IRS Issues Pay or Play Enforcement Guidance

In an updated Question and Answer (Q&A) document, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indicated that they plan to begin issuing letters informing employers of their potential liability for an employer shared responsibility penalty, if any, in late 2017.  They also provided guidance on penalty enforcement procedures.  The attached Affordable Care Act (ACA) Compliance Bulletin provides

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