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No Surprises Act to Prevent Millions of Surprise Bills


By on Aug 9, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

Effective January 1, 2022, the No Surprises Act protects healthcare consumers from surprise medical billing under certain circumstances.  Two health insurance advocacy organizations recently surveyed more than 80 commercial health insurance companies and received responses from 31 companies, which collectively represent 115 million commercial health plan members. These companies reported receiving 600,000 claims covered by...

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US House Passes Telehealth Extension Through 2024


By on Aug 8, 2022
Posted In Digital Health, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The US House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill that would extend Medicare telehealth flexibilities through the end of 2024; immediate US Senate action on the bill is unlikely, however. On July 27, 2022, the US House of Representatives approved the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act (H.R. 4040) by a wide bipartisan margin of 416–12....

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Manchin Agrees to Expanded Reconciliation Deal


By on Aug 5, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

Senators Schumer and Manchin announce a bill that includes drug pricing and an extension of the advance premium tax credits, the amount individuals pay for monthly health insurance premiums when they buy health insurance on the Marketplace. On July 27, 2022, Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Manchin announced a surprise agreement to move forward...

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HHS Announces New Guidance on Reproductive Healthcare


By on Jul 18, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

On July 8, President Biden signed an executive order for abortion access. In this order, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pledged to take steps to ensure that all patients have access to the full rights and protections for emergency medical care afforded under the law. Currently, medical providers and hospitals are...

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The Overturning of Roe v. Wade


By on Jun 27, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Digital Health, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (Dobbs), overturning Roe v. Wade (Roe) and upending 50 years of precedent protecting a woman’s right to privacy in choosing to abort a pregnancy prior to the point of viability. The effect of this...

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Safe Harbor Issued for Reporting Healthcare Prices Under Transparency Rules


By on May 17, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury recently released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of certain reporting provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The FAQs were released to provide clarity on the required drug price disclosures identified in the Transparency in Coverage final rule (the Rule) issued...

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Digital Health 2021 Year in Review


By on Mar 9, 2022
Posted In Digital Health, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

The continuation of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and consumer demand for digitally delivered healthcare not only necessitated the shift from in-person to virtual care, but also continued to drive interest, adoption, investment and transactions in digital health in 2021. Digital health funding in 2021 far surpassed 2020’s totals, with no signs of slowing...

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New Resource Center: Navigating Change in the US Administration


By on Mar 19, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

Pandemic relief, taxes, income inequality, climate change, infrastructure, healthcare and civil rights: the new US administration is moving forward rapidly on President Joe Biden’s stated priorities. So how are these new policies affecting your business? We’re here to keep you informed! McDermott Will & Emery’s multidisciplinary team of industry-leading lawyers are monitoring key legal areas...

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