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New Federal Health Care Reform Legislation--Its Impact on Employers and Employee Benefits Plans

Excerpt: With the signing into law of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act on March 23 and 30, 2010, respectively (collectively, the "PPACA" or the "Act"), a new era in the history of the American health care system...

Health Care Reform – External Review Procedures

by Sara E. Hauptfuehrer The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") requires health insurance issuers and certain employer-sponsored group health plans to comply with "the applicable State external review process for such plans and issuers." States' external...

Lareau on Specialty Healthcare: NLRB Overrules Standard for Appropriate Unit Determinations in Nonacute Care Sector of Healthcare Industry, Enunciates New Standard for Unit Determinations Generally

Excerpt: In Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile , the National Labor Relations Board, as expected, overruled the standard for appropriate unit determinations in the nonacute care sector of the healthcare industry. In the process, it also, as some had predicted, enunciated...

They're Heeeerrrreeee . . . Obamacare Exchanges Go Live

Just a quick reminder that the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business! I don't know what it says about me as a person that the first thing I did when I got up this morning was check out the new website to see what it looked like . . . . but that's what I did...

Questions about Obamacare, Covered California, and Tax or Not

California is the poster state for Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)). The majority of the California Legislature and Governor also made the decision for California to run its own insurance exchanges. So . . . the implementation and management of the Act will...

The Affordable Care Act: Two New Employer Responsibilities Went Into Effect on October 1, 2013

by Ann Kontner As this article is being written there is much uncertainty surrounding the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)” aka the “Affordable Care Act (ACA)” aka “Obamacare.” Whatever you call it, barring a major change, there are two steps...

7th Circuit Weighs in on Contraceptive Mandate

Well, the Circuit split widens in the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") contraception mandate litigation. On Friday, the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion in Korte v. Sebelius [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ]. It's a lengthy opinion, but the...

DLA Piper: Ebola: Best Practices For U.S. Employers – 6 Questions To Ask

By Phyllis Cheng The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest one of its type in history and the first in West Africa. A severe and often fatal disease in humans, Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite. Symptoms may...