• Oct 07 2021

    On August 20, 2021, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (the “Departments”) issued the “FAQs About Affordable Care Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Implementation Part 49” (the “FAQs”), which announced the deferred enforcement of some, but not all, requirements of the No Surprises Act and Transparency Rule.

    The No Surprises Act protects participants in health benefit plans from surprise medical bills for ...

  • Information Current as of September 10, 2021

    On September 9, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden announced Path Out of the Pandemic, a new COVID-19 Action Plan, mandating vaccines for employees of large private employers, federal contractors and most healthcare employers. The plan is a six-pronged strategy that President Biden stated in a White House speech is because his “patience is wearing thin” with Americans not getting vaccinated.

  • Aug 31 2021

    On July 13, 2021, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) published Interim Final regulations entitled “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part One” (“Regulations”) which go into effect on September 13, 2021.  The Regulations implement provisions of the No Surprises Act which, effective plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, protect plan participants from surprise bills and balance ...

  • Aug 03 2021

    The No Surprises Act was signed into law December 27, 2020, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to protect participants in health benefit plans from surprise medical bills for emergency and non-emergency medical care, including air ambulance services. The No Surprises Act applies to employer-sponsored group health plans, including self-funded plans, fully insured plans, and grandfathered plans. It does not apply to HRA plans (or other ...

  • Jun 28 2021

    On June 11, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB76 into law. SB76 creates Florida Statute section 489.147 (contractor prohibitions) and amends Florida Statute section 626.854 (public adjuster prohibitions), both of which apply to residential homeowners.

  • Jun 21 2021

    The Georgia legislature recently updated the state’s mandated reporter law, adding new definitions and responsibilities effective January 1, 2022. Georgia’s complex web includes more than traditionally-understood abuse or neglect. The new law imposes a responsibility to report such things as abandonment, prenatal abuse, and emotional abuse, and specifically includes temporary caretakers. Most of the statute’s previous requirements remain in ...

  • Information Current as of May 19, 2021

    On May 17, 2021 the Department of Labor hosted a WebEx Presentation on the ARPA COBRA Premium Subsidy. At the end of the Presentation two Senior Benefits Advisors held a Question & Answer session resulting in the following clarifications.

  • Information Current as of April 30, 2021

    On March 1, 2021, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a decision impacting both residential and commercial landlords/property owners. The ruling has a potentially broad impact, and is especially noteworthy for landlords in the current pandemic environment. 

  • Information Current as of April 29, 2021

    On April 16, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFP) issued a new pandemic-related Interim Rule applicable to those who act as “debt collectors.” The Interim Rule goes into effect on May 3, 2021. The CFP Interim Rule amends Regulation F, which implements the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), by requiring a new form of notice from the debt collector in connection with the eviction moratorium for non-payment of rent issued by the Center for ...

  • Information Current as of April 27, 2021

    We want to alert clients that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) has extended the COVID Health National Health Emergency until July 20, 2021.

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