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HHS Issues FAQs on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Amendments to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

On April 2, 2021, the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services (the Departments) jointly issued FAQs regarding the amendments to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) made by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, enacted December 27, 2020 (CAA). The MHPAEA generally applies to group health plans and … Continued

Advance EOB, Patient/Consumer Protections, and Reporting

On December 27, 2020, former President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021  (Appropriations Act). The Appropriations Act amends Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA),  Part 7 of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and Chapter 100 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC). This … Continued

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits Parity

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 The Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2021 (Appropriations Act) signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes several provisions requiring that group health plans and health insurance insurers provide comparative analysis regarding utilization and compliance with the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (the MHPAEA), … Continued

Temporary Health FSA and DCAP Relief

** IMPORTANT: This advisor only applies to group plans with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCAPs). ** The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Appropriations Act), enacted on December 27, 2020, contains temporary rules to provide relief for participants in health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care flexible spending arrangements … Continued

DEC 2020 | Compliance Recap

December was a busy month in the employee benefits world. President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes the No Surprises Act and other group health plan provisions. The Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued two interim recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. The Department of Health and Humans Services … Continued