Trump Halts Cost-Sharing Reductions

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the White House indicated that President Trump will end ACA cost-sharing reduction ("CSR") payments to insurance companies effective immediately. This was followed up by a White House statement indicating that the payments had lacked appropriations and therefore the government could not lawfully continue making them.

New Executive Order and Insight on the Employer Mandate

President Trump signed an Executive Order ("EO") on October 12, 2017, directing various federal agencies to take regulatory action that will "increase health care choices for millions of Americans."

Medicare Part D Notification Requirements: Creditable Coverage Reminder

Employers sponsoring a group health plan with prescription drug benefits are required to notify their Medicare-eligible participants and beneficiaries as to whether the drug coverage provided under the plan is "creditable" or "noncreditable."

Cybersecurity Requirements for NY Licensed Agents - Deadline for Exemption

On September 6, 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services ("DFS") issued new FAQs regarding the requirement for individual licensees to file for an exemption from Part 500 of the Cybersecurity Regulation. When the regulation was issued more than six months ago, it was believed individual licensees were not required to file for an exemption.

New York Paid Family Leave - Tax Guidance Issued

On August 25, 2017, the State of New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance ("NYDTF") issued much needed guidance related to the taxability of benefits received under the New York Paid Family Leave ("NYPFL") program, which becomes effective on January 1, 2018.

DOL Sues Health Plan Alleging SPD and Wellness Program Failures

On August 16, 2017, the Department of Labor ("DOL") filed a lawsuit against Macy’s Inc. Health and Welfare plan (and its third party administrators) under ERISA Title I.

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