DOL Guidance

DOL Regulatory Agenda, Spring 2019

Document Excerpt Link https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaMain?operation=OPERATION_GET_AGENCY_RULE_LIST&currentPub=true&agencyCode=&showStage=active&agencyCd=1200&Image58.x=41&Image58.y=15

New Address for Delinquent Filer Submissions

Document Excerpt Effective May 15, 2019, the address for the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP) lockbox changed to: DFVCP, PO Box 6200-35, Portland, OR 97228-6200. We will also begin accepting overnight delivery at US Bank, Attn: DFVC 6200-35, 17650 NE Sandy Boulevard, PD-OR-C1GL, Portland, OR 97230. There is no address to receive submission from […]

Qs & As Part 2 on District Court ruling on Association Health Plan Regulations

Document Excerpt On March 28, 2019, in State of New York v. United States Department of Labor, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated portions of the Department of Labor’s (Department’s) final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs). The AHP rule, published on June 21, 2018, established a new test as […]

White House Announces Approach To Prohibit Surprise Medical Billing

Document Excerpt he Administration wants to ensure patients are not price gouged in emergency situations by out-of-network providers they could not choose. In emergency situations, balance billing for amounts above the in-network allowed amount should be prohibited. The Administration wants to bring transparency to the confusing and opaque pricing system patients face when scheduling care. […]

Regulations on Health Care Providers Objecting to certain Procedures such as Abortions

Document Excerpt Link https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/final-conscience-rule.pdf

CMS Announces HIPAA Compliance Review

Document Excerpt The CMS Division of National Standards, on behalf of HHS, is launching the Compliance Review Program to ensure compliance among covered entities with HIPAA Administrative Simplification rules for electronic health care transactions. In April 2019, HHS will randomly select 9 HIPAA-covered entities—a mix of health plans and clearinghouses—for Compliance Reviews. Any health plan […]

Qs and As on Association Health Plan After Court Ruling

Document Excerpt Association Health Plans (AHPs), under the Department of Labor’s (Department) final rule, are group health plans that employer groups and associations offer to provide health coverage to employees. The Department’s final rule on AHPs was published on June 21, 2018, and established a more flexible test to facilitate the adoption and administration of […]

District Court Strikes Down Administration’s Association Health Plan Regulations

Document Excerpt Eleven states and the District of Columbia have sued the Department of Labor (“DOL”), 1 alleging that its final rule interpreting the definition of “employer” in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), 88 Stat. 829, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq., is unlawful under the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”), 5 […]

FAQs for Disaster Victims in Nebraska

Document Excerpt The following FAQs are intended to provide information to participants and beneficiaries in employee benefit plans impacted by the 2019 Nebraska Severe Winter Storm, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (FEMA-DR- 4420), the 2019 Iowa Severe Storms and Flooding (FEMA-DR-4421) or the 2019 Alabama Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes (FEMA-DR-4419) (the “Covered Disasters”). Generally, […]

Adjusting DOL Penalties for Inflation

Document /excerpt EBSA is responsible for administering and enforcing the fiduciary, reporting and disclosure provisions of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Under Part 5 of Subtitle B of Title I, EBSA has the authority to assess and collect a number of civil monetary penalties. ERISA civil monetary penalties […]

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