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Showing 5 posts from February 2013.

Proposed Rules Related to Coverage of Contraceptive Services Just Released

coverage of contraceptive servicesOn January 30, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (collectively, the “Departments”) jointly released proposed rules related to the coverage of preventive services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”).  When initially enacted, PPACA required certain health plans to provide benefits for particular preventive health services, including coverage of contraceptives, without the imposition of cost sharing measures (i.e., individuals covered by the plan would not be required to pay anything for the services).  This coverage requirement became effective on the first day of the plan year that followed August 1, 2012.  For calendar year plans, the effective date was January 1, 2013. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform, Insurance, Regulatory

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Enforcement - It's Not Just Hypothetical Anymore

health care fraud and abuse enforcementOn February 11, 2013, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services jointly released a report stating that the government recovered $4.2 billion in fiscal year 2012 and for every dollar spent on health care-related fraud and abuse investigations in the last three years, the government recovered $7.90. The report indicates that this is the highest 3-year average return on investment in the 16 year history of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse program. The Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (“HEAT”), which has operations in Detroit, was instrumental in this recovery effort. Read More ›

Categories: Fraud & Abuse, Health Care Reform

Snyder Supports Medicaid Expansion for Michigan

medicaid expansion for michiganGovernor Rick Snyder announced that his 2014 budget includes support for the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to Michigan residents without insurance. Speaking at a press conference in Lansing on Wednesday, February 6th, Governor Snyder said expansion would save costs, increase care, and help businesses. Read more about the expansion ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Medicare/Medicaid

Delayed Deadline: Employer Notice Regarding Health Insurance Exchanges

employer notice regarding health insurance exchangesAs previously discussed, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide notice to their employees related to Health Insurance Exchanges (the “Notice”). The specifics concerning the Notice may be found here. The Notice was required to be given to each current employee not later than March 1, 2013. Read more about the delay ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Insurance Exchange, Hospitals, Insurance, Physicians, Regulatory

Health Care Benefits Provided to Same Sex Couples in Michigan - Are the Laws Changing?

health care benefits provided to same sex couplesIn 2008, the Michigan Supreme Court concluded that domestic partnership policies intended to provide health care benefits to same sex couples violated Michigan law.  Specifically, National Pride at Work v Governor held that such policies violated the Michigan Marriage Amendment (“Marriage Amendment”) by recognizing same sex domestic partnerships as analogous to a marriage or similar union.  (The Marriage Amendment recognizes the union of one man and one woman as the only agreement recognized as a marriage and also prohibits public employers from providing health insurance benefits to their employees' same-sex domestic partners.) Since the decision in National Pride... ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment, Hospitals, Physicians

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Best Lawyers® 2020

Congratulations to the attorneys of the Health Care practice group at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2020 edition. Firm-wide, 42 lawyers were listed. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation and as lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Health Care practice group members listed in Best Lawyers are as follows:

To see the full list of Foster Swift attorneys listed in Best Lawyers 2020, click here.