Employer Responsibility – Health Exchange Notices

One of the final pieces of information that employers will need to comply with the Affordable Care Act has fallen into place.  On May 8th, the federal government released details on the responsibilities for employers to notify their employees of their health coverage options under federal health care reform. Current employees must receive these notices by October 1st; new empl...
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USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

In early March 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use.  All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. Employers should not complete a new Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file.  Effective 03/...
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HIPAA Regulations Update

Effective March 26, 2013, updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations may impact certain employers.  These regulations are based on changes under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Genetic Information Nondi...
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Federal Law eAlert

Update to the Form I-9 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. Employers should not complete a new Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file. Effective ...
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FMLA Forms Update

Effective March 8, 2013, employers should begin to utilize the updated Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms when applicable.  These forms were revised February 2013 and released by the Department of Labor (DOL).  The updated forms are: FMLA Form WH-381 - Notice of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities FMLA Form WH-384 - Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Milit...
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DOL Final Rule on FMLA Military Amendments

Effective March 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a Final Rule implementing the changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) made by the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The 2010 NDAA, amended the FMLA's military caregiver leave provision to permit eligible employees to take leave to care for certain veterans with a serious injury or illness...
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Notice of Exchanges and Subsidies: Delayed

According to the original Health Care Reform Act, effective March 1, 2013, employers of all sizes were required to provide each newly hired employee with a written notice of the existence of health insurance exchanges and potential subsidies available, Notice of Exchanges and Subsidies. This notice was, subsequently, required to be provided to all current employees. However, on...
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Anthem Blue Cross receives termination letter from HCA

On November 3, 2011, Anthem Blue Cross ("Anthem") received a termination letter from Hospital Corporation of America ("HCA") with an effective termination date of March 3, 2012. Anthem and HCA have been engaged in commercial hospital contract negotiations for several months to reach agreement on reasonable reimbursement rates and contractual terms that are beneficial to both...
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Lipitor will require prior authorization, effective April 1

We recently announced that atorvastatin, a new generic for the brand name Lipitor, had been added to our covered drug list. Since the generic is less expensive and just as safe and effective as Lipitor, beginning April 1, 2012, prior authorization will be needed for Lipitor to be covered. Atorvastatin will be covered without prior authorization. This change impacts all of the ...
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