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In a decision announced June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court found in favor of the Hobby Lobby Stores and two other closely held private sector companies that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate to provide coverage for contraceptives, especially those that act as abortive agents, does not apply to their health plans.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: ACA , contraceptives , Supreme Court

90-Day Waiting Period Final Rules Issued

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In a joint announcement from the Departments of Labor (DOL), Treasury and Health and Human Services (HHS) on June 25, 2014, the regulators provided final guidance for applying the maximum 90-day waiting period and possible month-long orientation period for an employer’s group health plan.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: 90-Day Waiting Period , Penalty , Play-or-Pay

DOL Proposes New FMLA Spouse Definition

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Through a news release last week, the DOL announced a proposal to bring eligibility for FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse and family members into line with other recent federal regulatory recognition of same-sex spouses.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Same-Sex , Spouse , DOL

MSP Rules Apply to Same-Sex Spouses

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Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the “working aged” rules of the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) regulation apply to a same-sex spouse who is enrolled on an active employee’s group health plan.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Same-Sex Marriage

Wisconsin’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Lifted

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U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb issued an 88-page ruling, on Friday June 6, 2014, declaring Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Same-Sex Marriage , Tax , Taxation
In our May 19, 2014 article, we reported that the IRS had reiterated its position that its September 13, 2013 guidance prohibits an employer from paying for or reimbursing the cost of individual health insurance plans purchased by their employees on a pre-tax basis.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Penalty , ACA , Fee , Provision , Individual