The Wagner Law Group Description
Wagner Law Group, A Professional Corporation, is a nationally
recognized ERISA & employee benefits, estate planning,
employment, labor & human resources practice.
in 1996, The Wagner Law Group has 22 attorneys engaged
exclusively in employee benefits, estate planning and
employment law. Five of our attorneys are AV rated by
Martindale-Hubbell as having very high to preeminent legal abilities
and ethical standards. The firm is among the largest ERISA boutiques
in the country. Our practice is national in scope, with clients in
more than 40 states and several foreign countries.
Wagner Law Group
Fax: (561) 293-3591
7108 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Francisco, CA 94104
March 21, 2013
State and Federal Law
DOL Releases PPACA and HIPAA
The DOL has issued two
self-compliance tools that allow sponsors of group health plans to
test whether they are in compliance with the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") and the Health Information
Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA").
The PPACA self-compliance
tool provides plan sponsors with a checklist of requirements that are
already in effect under the law and offers guidance on how group
health plans should currently be operating. However, this tool does
not offer guidance on requirements that do not have final regulations
or on those that have a future effective date.
The HIPAA self-compliance
tool primarily evaluates whether a group health plan is compliant
with requirements other than those under PPACA. This tool provides
assistance to plan sponsors in determining whether a plan is
compliant with the HIPAA nondiscrimination rules, wellness program
guidelines, the Mental Health Parity Act requirements, the Women's
Health and Cancer Rights Act and the Newborns' and Mothers' Health
While both tools provide
plan sponsors with valuable tips about how to achieve compliance,
neither tool offers definitive guidance on all aspects of these laws.
The PPACA compliance tool is
at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/part7-2.pdf and the HIPAA compliance
tool is at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/CAGappA.pdf
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