Health Care

FINAL REGULATIONS TO THE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY AND ADDICTION EQUITY ACT OF 2008 RELEASED

On November 8, 2013 the Obama administration released final regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).  The MHPAEA is designed to make sure mental health and substance use disorder benefits offered by health plans are in parity with the medical and surgical benefits the …

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IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DELAYED

The Obama administration announced last week that it is delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer responsibility provision.   Now employers won’t have to worry about compliance with the provision, commonly referred to as the “play or pay” provision, until 2015. Under this particular part of the ACA, employers with fifty (50) …

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BASICS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Under the Affordable Care Act (the “Act”), effective January 1, 2014, employers must provide healthcare coverage to their full-time employees (and those employee’s dependents) or risk paying a financial penalty.  The provision applies to employers with fifty (50) or more full-time non-seasonal employees in the preceding calendar year.  Under the Act, a full-time employee is …

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION UNVEILS A COMPROMISE PLAN ON CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE IN HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW

The Obama Administration released a proposed compromise plan on February 1, 2013 regarding how contraception will be covered under the healthcare reform law. Under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, contraception is included as a free preventative service.  Under the original rule, religious groups that employ mostly people of their own faith were exempt from this …

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