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Millions Affected by Hackers’ Attack on Health Insurer Anthem, Inc.

Posted in Compliance Issues, Health Insurance, Privacy, Technology
“Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack,” announced Joseph Swedish, Anthem’s President and CEO. Anthem, Inc., formerly known as WellPoint, Inc., is one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States. The exact number of affected individuals is still unknown, but initial estimates indicate that tens of millions of… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of August 17, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Compliance Issues, False Claims Act, Fraud and Abuse, Health Insurance, HIPAA, News from the Health Law Gurus, Stark Law
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories. Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals – Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported this week… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of June 22nd, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Compliance Issues, Health Insurance, HIPAA, News from the Health Law Gurus, Privacy, Regulations
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories. Pa. Supreme Court Weighs in on Medical Record Charges—In Wayne M. Chiurazzi Law v. MRO, Chief Justice Ronald D.… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of June 15th, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance, Technology, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. AMA Releases Policy on Telemedicine—Last week, the American Medical Association (“AMA”) released a policy on the provision of telemedicine… Continue Reading

COBRA Coverage Too Expensive? Consider ACA Coverage Instead, Obama Administration Says

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance
On Friday, the Obama administration announced a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that will require that notices sent to workers regarding Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”) health insurance coverage must also include information on purchasing health insurance through the health insurance exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Generally, COBRA coverage allows… Continue Reading

It’s Not Too Late: You May Still Qualify for ACA Coverage

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance, Individual Mandate
March 31 was the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan through the federally-facilitated health care exchange. However, like many other Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) deadlines, the March deadline was a soft deadline, as certain consumers may receive additional time to enroll in a health insurance plan. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid… Continue Reading

March 31: ACA Deadline or Just Another Monday?

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance, Individual Mandate
March 31, 2014 is the open enrollment deadline for individuals who want to buy health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as the “Exchange”).  Or is it? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Obama Administration might extend for certain individuals the March 31, 2014 deadline to enroll in Affordable Care Act… Continue Reading

HHS to Health Insurers: Same Treatment for Same-Sex Couples

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance
A release and a blog post from the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) on Friday announced that starting in 2015, health insurance companies will be required to offer coverage to same-sex spouses if they offer coverage for opposite-sex spouses. The release, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”), clarified certain regulations implementing… Continue Reading

Do You Want Health Insurance with Your Entrée?

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Employer Mandate, Health Insurance
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that restaurant-goers are paying more than just tax and tip when dining out—a new policy at an L.A. restaurant means that diners will also be contributing to covering the cost of the restaurant’s employees’ health insurance premiums. Republique, an upscale restaurant featuring a café and bistro, is now adding… Continue Reading

Will Your New Gold, Silver, or Bronze Health Plan Cover Your Care if You Travel to Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games?

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance
Snowboarders flying down halfpipes. Bobsledders careening down tracks. Goalies making glove saves. Those are just a few of the spectacles to be seen at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games. Despite all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Games, there have been numerous reports of shoddy living conditions for travelers in Sochi, Russia. Windows have fallen… Continue Reading