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Health Care Reform Update: Employer-Sponsored Health Plans. Lisa Van Fleet June 15, 2010 211 N. Broadway, Suite 3600 St. Louis, MO 63102. The Skeleton of Health Reform. Mandated Coverage for Individuals Expanded Coverage Market Coverage Limitations Restricted Grandfathered Plans
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Medicinal services Reform Update: Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Lisa Van Fleet June 15, 2010 211 N. Broadway, Suite 3600 St. Louis, MO 63102

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The Skeleton of Health Reform Mandated Coverage for Individuals Expanded Coverage Market Coverage Limitations Restricted Grandfathered Plans Effective Dates for Collectively Bargained Plans Employers Play or Pay State Exchanges High Risk Pools Revenue Raisers

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Our Focus Today… Fleshing Out the Skeleton Guidance issued influencing business arranges Including grandfathered arrange controls discharged yesterday Gray Matter Is it justified, despite all the trouble to keep up grandfathered status? Bryan Cave\'s far reaching diagram of Health Care Reform\'s effect on manager arrangements is accessible for download through the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition site

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Regulations Issued To Date Important To Employer Plans Hot off the squeeze P Grandfathered arrange controls Dependent scope Taxation of ward scope (IRS Notice) Early retiree re-protection program Small business impose credit (not secured today)

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Grandfathered Plans Grandfathered arrangements are for the most part absolved from: Limits on yearly cost-sharing necessities for self-just and family scope Limits on yearly deductibles ($2,000 for an individual or $4,000 for a family) Covering routine expenses of interest in certain clinical trials Play or Pay rules Code Section 105(h) nondiscrimination Preventive Health Mandates (no cost) Patient Protections (singular decision of essential care supplier and pediatrician, no preauthorization for crisis or OB-GYN) Appeals and outer audit systems

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Grandfathered Plans Provisions appropriate paying little heed to grandfathered status: Required scope of youngsters until age 26 for grandfathered arranges in plan years before 2014, scope is required just if tyke is not qualified for boss arrangement Prohibition on Lifetime and Annual Limits Prohibition on previous condition rejections, rescission, and unreasonable holding up periods New synopsis of advantages and scope Increased assessments on non-qualifying conveyances from HSAs and Archer MSAs W-2 and wellbeing scope reporting New FSA limits Prohibition on over the counter medication repayments Cadillac Plan Tax

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Grandfathered (GF) Plan Regulations The Big Question: How does an arrangement keep up grandfathered status? Enter directions… Drafted by DOL, Treasury and HHS Released in conclusive shape yesterday (6/14/10) Will be presented on Federal Register Thursday (6/17/10) Vital data about keeping up grandfathered status, retiree-just and remain solitary excepted advantage arranges CBA arranges

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GF Plan Regs Notice Requirement: To keep up GF status, arrange must incorporate articulation re GF status in members\' arrangement materials Regulations give show dialect: "… Being a grandfathered wellbeing arrangement implies that your arrangement may exclude certain buyer securities of the Affordable Care Act..." Plan records must be open for investigation

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GF Plan Regs Separate Benefit Package Determination GF rules apply independently to every profit bundle under a GHP GF status of guaranteed advantage considered independently from GF status of self-supported advantage One arrangement can have GF bundle and non-GF bundle

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GF Plan Regs: Loss of GF Status Regs Provide Exclusive List of Impermissible Changes Preamble explicitly gives that any change other than those recorded in the appropriate controls WILL NOT bring about an arrangement to lose GF status New Enrollees: Enrolling relatives, new contracts, recently selected representatives and their families after 3/23/10 does not affect GF status

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GF Plan Regs: Events that Trigger Loss of GF Status Insured Plans: Entering into another approach or protection contract after 3/23/10 (not a recharging) Reduction of Benefits: Elimination of all or considerably all advantages to analyze or treat a specific condition Cost-Sharing Increase: Any expansion in a rate cost-sharing prerequisite e.g., coinsurance increments from 20 to 30%

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GF Plan Regs: Events that Trigger Loss of GF Status Other Cost-Sharing Increase: For altered sum cost-sharing other than copayments (e.g., deductibles, out-of-pocket max), any increment since 3/23/10 more noteworthy than the most extreme rate increment (medicinal swelling + 15% pts) Co-installment Increase: For settled sum copayments, any expansion since 3/23/10 that surpasses more prominent of (A) greatest rate increment or (B) $5 expanded by therapeutic expansion Decreased Contribution Rate: Employer or boss association diminishes commitment rate toward cost of any level of scope for any class of people by more than 5% pts beneath rate on 3/23/10

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GF Plan Regs: Events that Trigger Loss of GF Status Certain Changes to Annual or Lifetime Limits on Dollar Value of Benefits Plan that on 3/23/10 did not force general yearly or lifetime constrain on dollar estimation of advantages, forces a general yearly breaking point forced a general lifetime restrict on dollar estimation of advantages yet no general yearly cutoff on dollar estimation of advantages, forces a general yearly utmost lower than as far as possible as a result on 3/23/10 forced a general yearly farthest point of dollar estimation of advantages, abatements the dollar estimation of as far as possible

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GF Plan Regs: Losing GF Status Definitions: Maximum Percentage Increase = Medical Inflation + 15% Medical Inflation = increment since March 2010 in general restorative care part of CPI-U distributed by DOL utilizing the base of 100 Overall Medical Care Component = (Index measure of any month in the 12 months before the new change is to produce results LESS 387.142) DIVIDED BY 387.142 Contribution Rate = commitments made by business over the aggregate cost of scope , communicated as a rate; or commitments in light of an equation Total Cost of Coverage = decided in same way as relevant COBRA premium

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GF Plan Regs: Maintaining GF Status What does NOT causes lost GF status? Something else, including: Changes to premiums Changes required to conform to government or state laws Voluntary changes to agree to PPACA Changing outsider overseers

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GF Plan Regs: Transitional Rules Transitional Rules Under Regs: If arrange rolled out improvements after 3/23/10 because of a legitimately restricting contract went into preceding 3/23/10, because of a documenting before 3/23/10 with a State protection office, or with composed revisions embraced preceding 3/23/10: Changes are considered some portion of plan terms on 3/23/10 despite the fact that they weren\'t successful then Changes are not considered while deciding GF status If arrange rolled out improvements after 3/23/10 yet before issuance of these regs (apparently expected distribution date), changes won\'t devastate GF status if: Changes are renounced or altered powerful first day of first arrangement year on or after 9/23/10 and the terms on that date, as adjusted, don\'t make arrange lose GF status

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GF Plan Regs: Transitional Rules Transitional "Lead" Under Preamble ONLY (not in reg): "Great confidence" consistence period offered by Departments for arrangements that rolled out improvements between 3/23/10 and date directions made open: If changes just unobtrusively surpass the progressions depicted in the controls (that wreck GF status), changes will be dismissed for implementation purposes Not clear what "unassumingly surpass" implies Presumably date controls are made open is 6/14/10 and not date of production in Federal Register (6/17/10)

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GF Regulations: Anti-Abuse Provisions Plan loses GF status if: Principal motivation behind business rebuilding is to cover recently enlisted or selected people in GF arrange; OR The accompanying conditions are available: workers already secured by a GF plan are exchanged to another GF arrange; treatment of transferee plan as correction to transferor plan would bring about transferor plan to lose GF status; and no real vocation explanation behind exchange

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GF Plan Regs: Retiree-Only and Stand-Alone Excepted Benefit Plans Per preface, orders found in Public Health Service Act §§ 2701 – 2728 don\'t have any significant bearing to retiree-just and remain solitary excepted advantage arranges (exemptions of ERISA §732 for "little arranges" and HIPAA-excepted advantages are saved) Accordingly, these arrangements don\'t need to augment subordinate scope, give uniform clarification of scope, cover preventive wellbeing scope on a first-dollar premise, or follow numerous different commands Good news for managers worried about PHSA § 2711, Prohibition on Lifetime and Annual Limits

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GF Plan Regs: Collectively-Bargained Plans Regulations elucidate when all things considered dealt plans must consent to orders Insured arrangement kept up in accordance with one or more CBAs endorsed before 3/23/10 is consequently grandfathered until at any rate the date on which the last CBA ends Whether the arrangement keeps up GF status after that time is a different examination made under the general guidelines about keeping up status gave somewhere else in the regs * Compare terms essentially on 3/23/10 with terms on date of assurance There is no other "postponed viable date" help (i.e., guaranteed CBA plan is liable to all orders pertinent to GF arranges inside same consistence period) Self-financed arrange kept up as per one or more CBAs gets no unique treatment (no programmed GF status through date of CBA end) Whether a self-subsidized CB arrange as a result 3/23/10 keeps up GF status is chosen under the general tenets gave somewhere else in the regs

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Is it justified, despite all the trouble to attempt and keep up a GF arrange? Preface to directions recognizes that deciding the estimation of holding GF status is an arrangement by-plan assurance Balance long haul esteem in maintaining a strategic distance from certain expensive commands versus transient need to control costs or accomplish different business goals For instance, will cost of agreeing to specific orders be

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