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Hospitals, health systems and group practices (“Providers”) have a new opportunity to create localized, exclusive provider networks by partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (“BCBS”) for its new insurance products. With the looming implementation of the of Patient […]
The Department of Treasury announced late Tuesday, July 2, 2013, that it will delay penalties for large employers that do not provide health insurance coverage in 2014. The Treasury Department said that the mandate will now start in 2015.
On July 2, 2013, the Obama Administration delayed the implementation of the employer shared responsibility requirements of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Commonly referred to as the “Pay or Play Mandate,” the ACA requires that large employers provide affordable and […]
On July 2, 2013 the Governor signed Senate Bill 163 with immediate effect into Public Act 98 of 2013. This new law is a dramatic policy change concerning the regulation of all privately owned drains and wetlands in the State […]
Expect to see renewed passion on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate in Michigan, following Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and to allow same-sex marriage in California.
This morning, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (also known as “DOMA”) is unconstitutional because it violates the 5th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. Therefore, same-sex marriages that are […]
Holding: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that DOMA is unconstitutional, and same sex couples who are legally married are entitled to equal treatment under federal law. The ruling means that the federal government must recognize gay marriages […]
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) created sweeping health care reform in the United States. With implementation fast approaching, one big question remains for employers: Are you ready for the changes coming in 2014?
This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posted on its website an updated Form 720 (with a revised date of April 2013) to report and pay the PCORI fee. The fee will be used to partially fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes […]