Legal Alerts

OSHA Releases Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing

By Stacy Barrow - November 5, 2021

On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced that he ordered OSHA to develop an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that would require private employers with 100 or more employees to mandate that employees either receive one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.  On November 4, 2021, OSHA released an unpublished [Read More]

IRS Issues Affordability Percentage Adjustment for 2022

By Stacy Barrow - September 20, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Rev. Proc. 2021-36, which contains the inflation-adjusted amounts for 2022 used to determine whether employer-sponsored coverage is “affordable” for purposes of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility provisions and premium tax credit program. As shown in the table below, for plan years beginning in 2022, the [Read More]

President Orders OSHA To Develop Mandatory Vaccine Requirement for Large Employers

By Stacy Barrow - September 14, 2021

On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced that he ordered OSHA to develop emergency temporary standards (ETSs) that would require employers with 100 or more employees to mandate that employees either receive one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines or submit to at least weekly COVID-19 testing.  Employers who do not comply with these requirements [Read More]

DOL Extends Certain Deadlines Under the CAA and Transparency in Coverage Rules

By Stacy Barrow - September 9, 2021

In October 2020, CMS Released its Transparency in Coverage Final Rules (the “TiC Final Rules”) which require non-grandfathered group health plans and carriers offering health insurance in the individual and group markets to: (1) make available to the public three separate machine-readable files (for in-network rates, out-of-network allowed amounts and prescription drugs) that include detailed [Read More]

Summary of Mental Health Parity and Transparency Provisions Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

By Stacy Barrow - August 20, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CAA”), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, included several provisions impacting group health plans and health insurance issuers.  Below is a summary of the provisions focused on mental health parity and health plan transparency (specifically, broker/consultant commissions and pharmacy benefits and drug costs). Mental Health Parity [Read More]

IRS Releases its Much Anticipated Guidance on ARPA COBRA Premium Assistance

On May 18, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-31, which contains its much anticipated guidance on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COBRA premium assistance provisions.  In many respects, the guidance is consistent with previous IRS guidance under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which is welcome news as many employee benefits [Read More]

REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2021

Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2021 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, the PCORI was established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to conduct research to evaluate the effectiveness of [Read More]

IRS Releases 2022 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

In Rev. Proc. 2021-25, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2022 relevant to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The table below summarizes those adjustments and other applicable limits. Out-of-Pocket Limits Applicable to Non-Grandfathered Plans The ACA’s out-of-pocket limits for in-network essential health benefits have also been announced and [Read More]