Topic: Health and Welfare Plans

FAQs Provide Guidance on COVID-19 Testing and Diagnosis Requirements Affecting Employer Health Plans

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury (collectively, the ‎‎“Departments”) jointly issued FAQ guidance regarding implementation of the health coverage ‎provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and the Coronavirus ‎Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).‎

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Best Practices for Handling and Avoiding Employee Benefit Plan Investigations

The prospect of a U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) investigation or Internal Revenue Service ‎‎(“IRS”) examination of an employee benefit plan can be daunting for any plan sponsor. ‎Understanding the process and adopting best practices, however, can make the experience less ‎intimidating and improve the results for all parties.‎

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HIPAA Penalties Have Been Inflation-adjusted!

Effective January 17, 2020, civil money penalties for certain violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) have been adjusted for inflation by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). 

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