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The Wagner Law Group Description 

The Wagner Law Group, A Professional Corporation, is a nationally recognized ERISA & employee benefits, estate planning, employment, labor & human resources practice. 


Established 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.



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The Wagner Law Group


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Massachusetts Office 

Tel: (617) 357-5200 

Fax: (617) 357-5250 

99 Summer Street 

13th Floor

Boston, MA 02110

Florida Office 

Tel: (561) 293-3590
Fax: (561) 293-3591
7108 Fairway Drive
Suite 125
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418


San Francisco Office

Tel: (415) 625-0002

Fax: (415) 829-4385

315 Montgomery Street

Suite 902

San Francisco, CA 94104





March 21, 2013 

 State and Federal Law Alert


DOL Releases PPACA and HIPAA Self-Compliance Tools


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 Protection Act.


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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