In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a bulletin reminding covered entities that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies in public health and other emergency situations.
The IRS has issued the annual pension and fringe benefit plan cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for tax-year 2015. Employers must reprogram their computers and payroll systems with these amounts before the first payroll of 2015.
The Affordable Care Act's transitional reinsurance program helps fund the cost of covering high-risk individuals in the individual health insurance market. For 2014 through 2016, health insurance issuers and sponsors of self-insured group health plans must pay a fee per covered life, per year.
Courts declared same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional in Kansas, Missouri, Montana and South Carolina. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
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