Health & Welfare

Mental Health Parity is Finally Being Enforced

On August 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a press release regarding a groundbreaking settlement reached with United Healthcare Insurance Co., United Behavioral Health and Oxford Health Insurance, Inc. The settlement will require payment of more than $15.6 million, in both penalties and reparations to participants, and other corrective actions following investigations and ...

IRS Finally Releases Guidance Implementing COBRA Subsidies but Leaves Important Questions Unanswered

By Dannae Delano, Barry Salkin and Roberta Casper Watson

IRS Explains Tax Treatment of Dependent Care Benefits Under New Rules

The IRS has issued Notice 2021-26 to explain the tax treatment of dependent care flexible spending account plan (“DCAP”) benefits under the Consolidated Appropriations Act (“CAA”) and the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”).

Will Federal Rules on Mental Health Parity Work This Time?

Agencies Issue Guidance Regarding Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) Amendments to Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“MHPAEA”)

IRS Guidance on Flexible Spending Account Relief Under CAA

The IRS has issued Notice 2021-15 (“Notice”) to provide clarification on the flexible spending account (“FSA”) relief contained in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”). The Notice also extends cafeteria plan election relief, and provides guidance on adopting plan amendments to implement these optional changes.