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Truth Is Sometimes Stranger Than Fiction
Jared Schaefer was served food at Tony's Sushi restaurant that contained peanuts, an ingredient that was not listed on the menu.
United States
4 Oct 2019
California Supreme Court Rules City Failed To Comply With CEQA In Adopting Medical Marijuana Ordinance
On August 19, 2019, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that San Diego failed to adequately analyze the potential environmental impacts of its medical marijuana dispensary law
United States
29 Aug 2019
Nevada Outlaws Employers' Ability To Refuse To Hire Prospective Employees Because Of Positive Marijuana Screening
Effective January 1, 2020, Nevada's newly signed bill, AB 132, criminalizes an employer's refusal to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee's drug-screening test indicates the presence of marijuana.
United States
7 Aug 2019
IRS Allows High Deductible Health Plans To Provide Pre-Deductible Benefits For Chronic Care Management
Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued guidance expanding the list of "preventive care benefits" that a HDHP may cover before a participant has met the plan's deductible.
United States
26 Jul 2019
Georgia Department Of Agriculture Accepting Comments On Proposed Hemp Rules
On July 10, 2019, the Georgia Department of Agriculture issued a Notice of Intent to Consider the Adoption of Hemp Growers and Processor Rules.
United States
22 Jul 2019
Executive Order On Health Care Transparency May Impact Employer Sponsored Group Health Plans
Earlier this week, President Trump signed an executive order that directs the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services ("Departments") to seek to improve price and quality transparency in health care.
United States
15 Jul 2019
Final Regulations Allow Employers To Reimburse Premiums For Individual Medical Insurance
Yesterday, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services issued final regulations allowing health reimbursement arrangements.
United States
27 Jun 2019
HHS Proposes To Revise ACA Section 1557 Rule: Impacts Transgender Benefits And Group Health Plan Notices
On May 24, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule to revise regulations implementing and enforcing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
United States
11 Jun 2019
The New Hemp Licenses
On Friday, May 10, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the Georgia Hemp Farming Act into law, legalizing the licensing of industrial hemp growers in the state.
United States
7 Jun 2019
Health Care Implications Of Tax Bill: No More Individual Mandate
Late yesterday, the U.S. Senate Republicans approved a tax bill, by a vote of 51-48.
United States
4 Jun 2019
Georgia Legislature Passes Hemp Farming And Medical Marijuana Bills
Last week, the Georgia legislature passed the Georgia Hemp Farming Act (HB 213), under which farmers may obtain licenses to grow and process hemp.
United States
26 Apr 2019
Excited About Association Health Plans?
Many commentators and businesses welcomed the new final regulations on association health plans (AHPs) released by the US. Department of Labor (DOL) on Tuesday, (see here and here).
United States
29 Mar 2019
Data Breaches And HIPAA: Keeping Personal Health Care Information Safe In The Digital Age
If you have ever lost your laptop, you have something in common with one of the most frequent violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
United States
1 Mar 2019
2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments For Welfare Benefits
The IRS has announced the 2019 cost-of-living adjustments for various welfare benefit plan dollar limits.
United States
15 Feb 2019
OSHA Clarifies When Post-Accident Drug And Alcohol Testing Is Permitted
In an October 11, 2018 memorandum to Regional Administrators, OSHA clarified that 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv), which prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses, does not prohibit post-incident drug testing.
United States
8 Jan 2019
Texas Court Strikes Down ACA
On December 14, 2018, Judge Reed O'Connor, district court judge in the Northern District of Texas, in Texas v. Azar, struck down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA).
United States
27 Dec 2018
ACA Ruled Unconstitutional By Texas Court-What's Next?
Hours before the end of annual enrollment in the federal health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a Texas district court judge ruled that the ACA is unconstitutional...
United States
20 Dec 2018
Breaking News: Post-Election Irs Issues Final ACA Rule Regarding Religious Exemptions
The IRS has just release new final regulations regarding religious exemptions and accommodations from the contraceptive coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
United States
13 Nov 2018
Excited About Association Health Plans? Not So Fast, Says New York And Massachusetts
As in the past with the ACA, the release of final regulations is quickly followed by litigation.
United States
27 Jun 2018
Association Health Plans Reinvigorated-New Options For Many Employers
Association Health Plans have been reinvigorated by the new regulations released yesterday by the US Department of Labor (DOL). As I mentioned in my blog entry yesterday, these regulations are the result of President Trump's executive order last year instructing the DOL to allow for more flexibility related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and health insurance.
United States
25 Jun 2018
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