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The Health Care Reform Blog provide clients with the most up-to-date information about Health Care Reform-including updates on the federal government's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, new regulations, recently issued guidance and enforcement updates. The blog will also comment on any issues specific to the State of Iowa.

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Future of the Affordable Care Act & Potential Impact on Employer Sponsored Health Benefits - November 17, 2016

Since the recent election, many are wondering about the future of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") and health care reform. Given Republicans have campaigned since 2010 on repealing the unpopular Act, it is extremely likely portions of the Affordable Care Act will be repealed. Read More »


HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations - November 24, 2014

In light of the Ebola outbreak and other events, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, released a bulletin to ensure HIPAA covered entities are aware of the ways in which patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an emergency situation Read More »


Health Law Blog: Court Strikes Down Tax Credit Provision for Low Income Americans Participating Through Federal and Federal/State Partnership Exchanges - July 22, 2014

This morning the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled the IRS' interpretation of a key ACA provision is invalid. Read More »


Supreme Court Rules Some Employers Exempt from ACA Contraception Mandate - July 1, 2014

In a widely anticipated decision issued on June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, as it applies to closely-held corporations, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Read More »


Health Law Blog: HHS Issues Model of Notices of Privacy Practices in Spanish - February 19, 2014

A Spanish version of the Model Notices of Privacy Practices (NPP) has been issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Read More »


Final Rules Relating to Employer Mandate Released - February 11, 2014

On Monday, Feb. 10, the Obama Administration issued final rules implementing the employer mandate and providing welcome relief for many employers. Read More »


Health Law Blog: Covered Entity Fined $150,000 For Stolen Unencrypted Thumb Drive - January 14, 2014

HHS recently announced that it fined a dermatology practice $150,000 for failing to reasonably safeguard an unencrypted thumb drive and failing to conduct an accurate and thorough risk analysis of electronic PHI. Read More »


Health Care Reform Blog: Regulators Provide ACA Guidance on Volunteer Emergency Workers - January 13, 2014

On Friday, the Department of Treasury announced on its blog that it intends to provide an exemption to the employer penalty provisions for volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel. Read More »


Health Care Reform Blog: Additional Health Care Reform FAQs Issued - January 9, 2014

This morning the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department released additional Frequently Asked Questions relating to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Read More »


Health Care Reform Blog: DOL Releases Final Mental Health Parity Rules - November 11, 2013

Last week the US Department of Labor ("DOL") issued final rules implementing the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Read More »


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