March 24, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Impact on Employers

In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act or FFCRA) was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 18, 2020. This blog discusses the expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), emergency paid sick leave, tax relief, and mandated coverage provisions of the Act…. Continue Reading

March 16, 2020

Medical Practice Settles $100,000 for Potential HIPAA Breach

To settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Steven A. Porter, M.D., P.C., (the Practice) has agreed to pay $100,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In addition to the $100,000 settlement, the Practice has entered into a two-year… Continue Reading

March 12, 2020

IRS Permits COVID-19 Testing & Treatment with Low-to-No Deductible to Support Public Health

To promote access to testing & treatment for public health & safety, and to alleviate worry for those covered by High Deductible Health Plans (“HDHPs”) who may not yet have met minimum deductible amounts, the IRS will permit HDHPs to cover testing for, and treatment of, COVID-19 at low-to-no cost. Typically, under Section 223(c)1 of… Continue Reading

March 10, 2020

ACA Challenge Will Be Heard by SCOTUS in 2020

To mark the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)’s 10 year-anniversary, the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Supreme Court” or “SCOTUS”) has agreed to hear the case challenging its constitutionality. Back in December 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (“Fifth Circuit”) found the ACA’s individual mandate unconstitutional (check out our… Continue Reading

March 3, 2020

Health & Welfare Plans: First Quarter Reminders

The helter-skelter of the holiday season is over & Spring is just around the corner! In the world of health & welfare benefits, let’s remember the first quarter often brings new regulations & updated forms.*  CHIPRA Notice: The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act requires group health plans and group health insurance to offer special… Continue Reading

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