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5/26 Webinar: The Cadillac Tax... or Camry Tax?
The excise tax on high-cost coverage is likely to impact more employer-sponsored plans than anticipated. Learn why your plan might be subject to the tax, what steps can be taken to avoid the excise tax, and whether the law is likely to be changed or repealed. 
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4/20 EEOC Draft Regulations on Wellness Programs, ADA
HIPAA, healthcare reform and the ADA all have certain requirements that can influence how an employer constructs and administers a wellness program. After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, litigation challenged whether the ACA wellness requirements violated ADA and GINA. On April 16, 2015, the EEOC issued draft regulations on wellness programs and the ADA. The draft regulations bring a measure of certainty after a period of regulatory turmoil. Read our alert to find out what employers need to know.
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3/19 Regulatory Roundup: CMS and HHS Issue Far Reaching Final Rule
On February 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule titled Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016. This set of regulations generally addresses a wide range of topics that affect consumers, Exchange operations, and Qualified Health Plans offered through Exchanges, as well as critical issues for many group health plans. Read our Regulatory Roundup on Flex Credit/Cash-in-Lieu Potential Impact on Plan Affordability and New Guidance on Cost-Sharing Limits, Reinsurance, Essential Health Benefits, and more.
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3/17 More Cyber Attacks Affect Health Plan Members
The biggest headlines in healthcare news feature the recent cyber attacks on Anthem and Premera Blue Cross member data. Alliant is helping clients with communications and resources for both the benefits management team and employees.  We help clients clarify who was impacted, what information was accessed, what the carrier is doing to help and what the employer/plan sponsor and employee should do. As we actively monitor the situation, we will continue to have up-to-date information for our clients.
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3/3 Possible New Regulatory Approaches on ACA Cadillac Tax
Notice 2015-16 from the US Treasury and IRS asks for stakeholder input on virtually every aspect of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac Tax. The Notice describes a number of different approaches that are being considered, providing insight into what future regulations may look like. Read our summary of the Notice and what it may mean for employers in the future.
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