EBIA Weekly Newsletter

EBIA: Your Partner in Compliance

   February 22, 2018

The EBIA Benefits Compliance Library keeps you up-to-date. Here are highlights of the latest updates to our HIPAA and 401(k) Plans publications: HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security Physical and Technical Safeguards. We’ve incorporated lessons learned from recent resolution agreements, focusing on encryption, password protection, and tracking information-system activity. Business Associate Contracts. … Read More

Court Requires Health Plan to Cover Residential Treatment Expenses Incurred Before Mental Health Parity Final Rules

   February 22, 2018

B.D. and S.D. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ga., 2018 WL 671213 (D. Utah 2018) Another court has held that a health plan must cover a participant’s expenses for residential mental health treatment services, even though they were incurred before final mental health parity regulations specifically required such services to be covered in parity … Read More

Are the Section 1557 Language-Assistance Requirements the Same as the Requirements for SBCs and Claims?

   February 22, 2018

QUESTION: We are an employer sponsor of an insured major medical plan, and we have heard that Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes language-assistance requirements on our plan. Are the language-assistance requirements under the Section 1557 nondiscrimination rule different from the “culturally and linguistically appropriate manner” standard that applies to the summary … Read More