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October 13, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service just published a piece of guidance concerning health care reform.

Client Alert
September 24, 2010

Yesterday the House passed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (the “Jobs Act”), which had reviously been passed by the Senate. The President is expected to sign the Jobs Act into law on onday, September 27, 2010.

Client Alert
September 24, 2010

Small Business Jobs and Credit Act expected to be signed into law on Monday, September 27, 2010.

August 2, 2010

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“PPACA”), group health plans (other than grandfathered plans) must provide preventive services to participants without any cost-sharing requirements, including copayments, deductibles or coinsurance.

Client Alert
July 27, 2010

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 ("PPACA"), group health plans in existence on March 23, 2010 are exempt from certain PPACA requirements as long as such plans maintain their "grandfathered plan status."

Client Alert
June 25, 2010

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, “PPACA”), a group health plan that provides coverage to any participant’s child must provide coverage to all participants’ children until the children attain age 26.

Client Alert
May 24, 2010

In Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch, 489 U.S. 101 (1989), the United States Supreme Court held that when a retirement plan administrator has discretionary authority to interpret a plan, courts must give deference to that interpretation.  On April 21, 2010, the Supreme Court decided Conkright v. Frommert, 130 S.Ct. 1640, and held that a single mistake in plan interpretation does not justify stripping a plan administrator of that deference for subsequent related interpretations of the plan.  Following the Court’s decision in Conkright, district courts will likely choose to remand benefit disputes to plan administrators for further deliberation instead of routinely deciding against the plan.

May 14, 2010

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the “PPACA”), many small businesses and certain tax-exempt organizations that provide health insurance coverage to their employees now qualify for a special tax credit. The credit was designed to encourage small employers to offer health insurance coverage for the first time or maintain coverage they already have. In this Client Alert, we explain who qualifies for the tax credit and how to calculate the amount of the credit.

Client Alert
April 21, 2010
Last month, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the “PPACA”). The PPACA is the most sweeping federal health care reform bill in a generation, imposing numerous reforms on the health care system and on health care plans.
Client Alert
March 29, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights (the “OCR”) recently announced its intent to issue additional regulations on the privacy and security provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the “HITECH Act”).

Client Alert
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