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March 2011 Client Alerts

Department of Labor Extends Non-Enforcement Period for Certain Internal Claims and Appeals Requirements Applicable to Non-Grandfathered Plans Under the Affordable Care Act

On March 18, 2011, the Department of Labor issued Technical Release 2011-01 extending, with some modifications, the enforcement grace period established under DOL Technical Release 2010-02 until plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2012.  To learn more the extension of the enforcement grace period, please click here to read the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Client Service Group’s Alert published March 21, 2011.

Reporting for Participants with Deferred Vested Benefits – IRS Replaces Schedule SSA

Plan administrators are required to report certain information regarding participants who separate from service with the right to a deferred vested retirement  benefit.  In Announcement 2011-21, the IRS designated Form 8955-SSA to be used to satisfy this reporting requirement, replacing Schedule SSA.  To learn more about the filing requirements for the new form, please click here to read the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Client Service Group’s Alert published March 28, 2011.

Supreme Court Says Two Exemptions are Unavailable to Companies Trying to Protect Their Information from Disclosure under FOIA

Companies frequently find that information they submit to the Federal government is sought by others — perhaps competitors — under the Freedom of Information Act.  The submitting company may be able to block the disclosure if the information falls within one of the exemptions in FOIA.  On March 1 the Supreme Court made two of those exemptions unavailable to companies.  To read more about the Court’s decision in FCC v. AT&T Inc. please  click here to read the Government Contracts Team Alert published March 3, 2011

FTC Takes a Bite Out of Cookie-Based Behavioral Advertising

On March 14, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with a behavioral advertising company that places cookies in consumers’ internet browsers to track online activities.  This settlement marks one of the agency’s first enforcement actions against a behavioral advertising company and signals that the FTC has begun to act on its repeated warnings about scrutinizing behavioral advertising more closely.  To learn more about the settlement, please click here to read the Consumer Protection Group’s Alert published March 17, 2011.

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September 2010 Client Alerts

September 2010 Client Alerts

October 7, 2010

Authored by: Jeannie Osborne

Check It Out and Check It Off:  2010 and 2011 Group Health Plan Checklist

Several new laws and regulations from 2010 require significant design changes to group health plans and impose new notice requirements on plan sponsors.  For a checklist of the major changes which require implementation in 2010 or 2011 as well as a listing of enrollment and annual notices that group health plan sponsors should consider during open enrollment, please see the Client Alert published by the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Client Service Group on September 20, 2010.

New Medicare Enrollment Requirements Will Burden Providers and Suppliers

On September 22, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued proposed rules that will dramatically change the enrollment process for Medicare providers and suppliers, including new enrollment following a change of ownership.  For more information on the new requirements, please read the Client Alert published by the Life Sciences and Health Care Client Service Group on September 22, 2010.

CMS Issues Regulations Changing the DMEPOS Supplier Standards

On August 27, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published final regulations in the Federal Register that impose new standards on suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and suppliers.  Most of the requirements contained in the new regulations will take effect on September 27, 2010.  For more information on the regulations, please read the Client Alert published by the Life Sciences and Health Care Client Service Group on September 16, 2010.

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