Regulatory roundup

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

House approves “Cadillac” tax repeal

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the “Cadillac” tax on “high-cost” employer health plans from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The application of the 40% tax on employer-sponsored health plans costing more than an estimated $11,200/$30,100 for individuals/families in 2022 (when the tax would be in effect under current law) has been delayed several times since its 2018 initial application date.

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House panel advances legislation to stop surprised medical bills

The U.S. House’s Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill (H.R. 2328) that includes provisions to address “surprise” medical bills that patients encounter when healthcare providers charge for services or items that insurers will not cover or when they receive care from an out-of-network provider at an otherwise in-network facility. The bill protects patients from surprise bills in emergency situations, patients who didn’t specifically choose to see an out-of-network physician for scheduled care, and patients in situations where no in-network provider is available to treat them.

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IRS expands list of preventive care for HDHP participants

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) added care for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive care benefits that may be provided by a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Notice 2019-45 lists the new types of medical care that may be treated as preventive care for this purpose.

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