On March 6, 2017, Blitman & King will host its 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar at Turning Stone Resort Casino. Please contact Susan Sturick at (315) 422-7111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for this free seminar open to all labor organizations and their representatives. For additional information, please click here.
Dan Brice, a partner with the Firm, presented “The Effects of the ACA on Medical Expense Accounts (HSAs, FSAs and HRAs)” at a live webcast through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans on June 23, 2016. The program focused on the essential aspects of HSAs, FSAs and HRAs while comparing strengths and weaknesses of […]
The New York attorney general’s office and the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration (“EBSA”) recently announced that they have entered into an agreement to work together on enforcement of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and state laws governing health insurance plans. The arrangement will help cover enforcement gaps in state and […]
United States Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Regarding Constitutionality of Key Health Reform Provision
On November 14, 2011, the Supreme Court announced that it will review a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, holding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate unconstitutional. The individual mandate, which would require citizens to have health insurance in place or pay a penalty, is scheduled to […]
On August 22, 2011, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury issued a proposed rule under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) that mandates group health plans and health insurance issuers to provide participants with a uniform summary of benefits and coverage (“Summary”). The effective date for the proposed rule is presently March 23, 2012. On November 17, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services posted a statement on its website advising that the proposed rule may be delayed.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) makes certain changes to the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA) signed in to law on December 8, 2003. Specifically, beginning in 2011, the annual enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans has been changed to October 15 through December 7. As a result, Notices of Creditable and Non-Creditable Coverage relating to employee benefit plans’ prescription drug coverage for Medicare eligible participants must now be distributed to participants by October 15.
Bernard T. King, a Senior Partner in the firm's Employee Benefits Practice, recently moderated a nationwide discussion with government experts and informed legal practitioners on "Health Care Reform: What Employers Need to Know Now" held in San Francisco, CA.