Regulatory roundup

More healthcare-related regulatory news for plan sponsors, including links to detailed information.

Q&A issued following final rule on association health plans case
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released questions and answers (Q&As) regarding the federal district court case ruling in State of New York v. United States Department of Labor concerning the department’s final rule on association health plans (AHPs).

The DOL published the Q&A to address questions that may arise in relation to the District Court’s decision. The Q&A will be updated as this matter evolves. The questions are:

• I get my benefits through an AHP. Does the court decision mean that my healthcare claims will not be paid?
• Will the Department appeal the decision?
• Do state insurance departments still have regulatory oversight of AHPs?
• May I contact the Department of Labor if I have more questions or concerns about the impact of the court ruling on my AHP?

To read the entire Q&A, click here.

New resource to help employers understand mental health issues
The DOL, in coordination with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), has launched a new resource to help employers better understand mental health issues and to provide guidance on how to cultivate a supportive workplace.

The Mental Health Toolkit is an online resource providing background, tools, and resources for employers seeking to offer a mental health-friendly workplace. It presents a framework for fostering a supportive workplace built around awareness, accommodations, assistance, and access.

To read the toolkit, click here.

New report focuses on healthcare costs of untreated behavioral health conditions
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released “Behavioral Health: Research on Health Care Costs of Untreated Conditions is Limited.” GAO was asked to describe what is known about adults with untreated behavioral health conditions. This report examines (1) reasons why some adults with behavioral health conditions do not receive treatment for their condition, and (2) what is known about the healthcare costs associated with untreated behavioral health conditions in adults.

To download the report, click here.

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