White House Issues Review of Existing Regulations

President Obama yesterday ordered all federal agencies to conduct a review of current federal regulations to ensure they are still effective and do not burden the private sector.  The media portrayed the move as an attempt by the White House to repair their relationship with the business community while striving to maintain good government practices…. Read more »

New Rule Allows Health Plans to Switch Insurers

DORCHESTER - APRIL 05:  Dominique Entzminger, a physician assistant of family medicine, wears a stethoscope during an examination at the Codman Square Health Center April 5, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. State lawmakers approved a health care reform bill March 4 that would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to require all its citizens have some form of health insurance. Governor Mitt Romney is scheduled to sign the bill next week.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Proposed and interim final rules issued yesterday by the Obama administration will now allow employers to change insurance plans and not lose their grandfathered status so long as they maintain current benefits, according to the Bureau of National Affairs.  The rules will be published in Wednesday’s Federal Register. Prior to the new rules, employers could… Read more »

Administration Posts Fourth FAQ on Grandfathered Plans

VALLEJO, CA - AUGUST 11: Vials of Tdap vaccinations sit on a table during the Solano County health fair August 11, 2010 in Vallejo, California. California medical officials are urging California residents to get booster shots for whooping cough as the state is in the midst of the largest outbreak in over fifty years. Close to 1,500 cases of whooping cough have been reported this year, including six cases that resulted in deaths of children under three years old. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Department of Labor this week posted their fourth FAQ on the implementation of the “grandfathered plan” rule in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  You can see a summary of the third FAQ on our website. The FAQ addresses three questions regarding how an employer plan can maintain its grandfathered status despite making… Read more »

ASAE Requests Waiver for Grandfathered Plans

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius speaks during a news conference to explain how the Obama administration is combating Medicare fraud and to release tips and information for Medicare beneficiaries to avoid medical identity theft at HHS headquarters in Washington on October 15, 2009. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg Photo via Newscom

After the administration recently granted waivers to some large employers struggling to comply with parts of the new health care law, ASAE this week reiterated its request that transitional relief be granted to small and medium-sized employers as well. ASAE’s comments are in response to the administration’s grandfather rules allowing companies to make modest adjustments… Read more »