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  • Health Care Reform in Massachusetts

    Individual Responsibility Under state health care reform enacted in 2006, all Massachusetts residents must have health coverage that is considered “creditable”. As proof of coverage, …

  • Cafeteria Plan Benefits

    Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code created cafeteria plans, which enable employers to offer their employees a choice between taxable and qualified non-taxable benefits. …

  • Impact of Employer Subsidized COBRA

    As part of a severance or buy-out agreement, employers often pay for all or part of a terminated employee’s COBRA premium, for a defined period …

  • Employer Reimbursements for Health Insurance under the ACA

    In the past, employers were able to reimburse employees for the cost of their individual medical policies, on a tax-free basis per Internal Revenue Code …

  • San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance

    In an effort to promote health coverage for the uninsured, San Francisco passed a law called the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) that went into …

  • HIPAA Privacy & Security for Health Plans

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) contains Privacy and Security Rules. The Privacy Rule is intended to provide individual rights regarding …

  • Domestic Partner Health Plan Coverage

    Domestic partner coverage recognizes the same or opposite sex partner of an employee, usually without a legal relationship, as a dependent for employer-sponsored group health …

  • Defining Employees for Health Care Reform

    Why is it important to know who counts as an “employee” for health care reform? Starting in 2014, employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent …

  • Health Savings Accounts

    A health savings account (HSA) is an individually-owned bank account which allows employees to save for out-of-pocket medical expenses on a tax-advantaged basis. Both the …

  • HIPAA Special Enrollment Rights

    Overview Under HIPAA, special enrollment rights allow eligible employees and/or dependents to enroll in an employer-sponsored group medical plan during the plan year, due to …

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