Final Regulations Update HIPAA Health Plan Wellness Program Rules

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Employer, union and sponsors of employment-based group health plans that include health risk assessment (HRA) or other wellness plan features that reward participants for engaging in certain assessments or other activities designed to promote wellness or disease management, and fiduciaries insurers, and administrators  of these health plans should review and update their programs in light of final wellness program rules jointly published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) and the Department of Treasury (collectively the “Agencies”) today (May 29, 2013) here (Wellness Regulations).

While these final Wellness Regulations implementation of changes to the “bona fide wellness program exception” to nondiscrimination rules contained in the Portability Rules of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) allow group health…

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Updated Kaiser Family Foundation Tool May Help Project Which Employees Will Get Exchange Subsidies

Employers, health insurers, health plan administrators and brokers and individuals wanting help projecting when employees or other individuals are likely to qualify for subsidies for enrolling in the health insurance exchanges established under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA) may want to check out the updated the Kaiser Family Foundation’s updated  health reform subsidy calculator (Subsidy Calculator).  The Obama Administration now refers to these ACA-mandated exchanges as “Marketplaces.”

Kaiser Family Foundation has developed the Subsidy Calculator as a tool to help estimate and illustrate how government subsidies, designed to help with the cost of insurance premiums, will work under ACA when Marketplaces and the ACA subsidy rules take effect in January.

Beginning in 2014, ACA provides tax credits for  certain low to moderate-income people under age 65 purchasing coverage through an Exchange, who are not offered affordable minimum essential coverage providing minimum value under an employer plan…

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