Posts by Tina Bull

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  1. OTC Covid Rapid Tests Now Covered by Health Insurance (Benefit Minute)

    The Departments of Labor, HHS and Treasury have issued FAQs that address insurance and group health plan coverage that is required under the FFCRA and the CARES Act for OTC Covid rapid tests. OTC Covid rapid tests are those that can be self-administered and self-read at home without the involvement of a health care provider. […]

  2. Benefit Plan and Payroll Limits for 2022 (Benefit Minute)

    Set forth below are the 2022 and 2021 limitations for qualified plans and other benefit related items.

  3. Important Updates for ACA Reporting and State Reporting Reminders (Benefit Minute)

    This Benefit Minute provides information on recent IRS guidance on Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C reporting, as well as reminders for reporting to states that are enforcing health insurance individual mandates. 

  4. OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID Vaccines/Testing for Employees (Benefit Minute)

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) intended to minimize the risk of COVID transmission in the workplace. The ETS establishes minimum vaccination, vaccination verification, face covering, and testing requirements to address the grave danger of COVID in the workplace. OSHA intends to preempt any state or local […]

  5. Independent Dispute Resolution Process under the No Surprises Act (Benefit Minute)

    On September 30, 2021, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule that describes how payment disputes will be resolved under the No Surprises Act (NSA).

  6. President Proposes “Path Out of the Pandemic” (Benefit Minute)

    On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a comprehensive national strategy to combat COVID-19. The strategy includes a plan to vaccinate the unvaccinated, which affects private employees with 100 or more employees, federal government employees and contractors, and employees of health care entities. It also includes plans to increase COVID-19 testing. This Benefit Minute focuses […]

  7. Transparency Requirements and No Surprises Act Updates (Benefit Minute)

    This issue of the Benefit Minute provides an update on the compliance deadlines for health plan cost transparency requirements under both the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) and the cost transparency regulations, as well as a summary of regulations issued for the balance billing provisions of the No Surprises Act. Compliance Deadlines – Cost Transparency On […]

  8. Mental Health Parity – NQTL Comparative Analysis Requirement (Benefit Minute)

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) amended the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) to provide important new protections for participants.  The CAA requires a documented comparative analysis of nonquantitative treatment limitations (NQTLs) between medical/surgical benefits and mental health/substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits to demonstrate that such treatment limitations are applied comparably […]

  9. Supreme Court Upholds the ACA (Benefit Minute)

    On June 17, 2021 the Supreme Court issued their long awaited decision in the case of California v Texas.  The case was initially filed in early 2018 based on the pending elimination of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate penalty.  Three years later, in a 7-2 decision, the Court declined to consider the merits […]