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FAQs on Tobacco Cessation Coverage and Mental Health / Substance Use Disorder Parity | Ohio Employee Benefits

Recently, the Department of the Treasury, Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) issued FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 34 and Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation. The Departments’ FAQs cover two primary topics: tobacco cessation coverage and mental health / substance use … Continued

HIPAA Phase 1 Audits | Ohio Benefit Advisors

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) established national standards to secure and protect the privacy of health information. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) requires the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to conduct audits of covered entities and business associates in … Continued

Can Employers Assist Employees with Premiums for Individual Plans? | Ohio Employee Benefits

Posted by Carol Taylor On November 6, 2014, the collective Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and the Treasury released three Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) directed at employer payment plans for the purchase of individual insurance. While the departments had previously released several other pieces of guidance about these arrangements, this latest … Continued

Final SHOP Regulations Issued

The final regulations delay by one year the implementation of the “employee choice” model under SHOPs and provide for special enrollment periods.

Final ACA wellness rules issued

Make sure your wellness program meets these 5 requirements.

Reinsurance Fee

HHS issues final rules regarding $63 per participant fee. Who pays it?

Highlights of Rules on Essential Health Benefits and Actuarial Value

HHS issued a proposed rule that addresses a number of questions surrounding essential health benefits. Read more.

HCR Update: IRS Posts Three Proposed Regulations Addressing Open Issues Under PPACA

On Nov. 20, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services issued proposed rules that address: Wellness programs under PPACA Essential health benefits and determining actuarial value Health insurance market reforms All three rules are still in the “proposed” stage, which means that there may and likely will be changes when the final rules are … Continued

States get more time on exchanges

The Obama administration is giving states extra time to decide whether they’ll work on implementing a key feature of health reform.


A recent federal action may signal an uptick in HIPAA enforcement, according to the law firm Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP.