The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is stepping up enforcement of the limits on permissible wellness incentives. For example, Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. agreed to pay a $14,563.50 penalty and return a total of $145,635 in tobacco surcharges to employees who originally had to pay them.
A federal district court ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional because Congress’ recent repeal of the individual mandate penalty undermined the U.S. Supreme Court’s rationale for upholding the law in 2012.
Federal regulators have proposed allowing employers to sponsor health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for their employees to go purchase health coverage on the individual market—a practice that is currently prohibited under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
A lawsuit alleging violations of Washington state’s mental health parity law was not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) because it imposed a duty independent of the ERISA plan’s terms, a federal appeals court ruled in Hansen v. Group Health Cooperative, No. 16-35684 (9th Cir., Sept. 4, 2018).
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