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2019 Second Quarter Compliance Digest

Our 2019 Second Quarter Compliance Digest provides you with the latest summary of our compliance bulletins from April to June. This compliance digest presents recent health plan provisions, new developments in family and medical leave rules, and HIPPA FAQs.

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Individual Coverage HRAs: Highlights from the Final Rule

The following highlights some of the key provisions of the final rules, including notable changes from the proposed guidance. These final rules create a mechanism by which employers may, in lieu of traditional group health insurance coverage, offer an HRA to reimburse individual health insurance premiums for employees (an individual coverage HRA).

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Court Provides Fiduciary Duty Guidance to Health Plans

Under ERISA, persons or entities who exercise discretionary control or authority over plan management or plan assets and anyone with discretionary authority or responsibility for the administration of a plan, are subject to fiduciary responsibilities.

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2019 First Quarter Compliance Digest

Our 2019 First Quarter Compliance Digest presents you with the latest summary of our compliance bulletins from January to March. This compliance digest includes details on Federal Government Eyes Paid Leave and updates in the Employer Mandate in addition to healthcare legislation and policy changes.

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HIPAA FAQs for Health Apps

The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the entity responsible for enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), recently issued FAQs concerning HIPAA’s applicability to apps. The FAQs clarify that once protected health information (“PHI”) has been received by an app that is neither a covered entity nor a business associate, the information is no longer subject to the protections of the HIPAA rules.

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