IHCA Bulletin - 07/06/2010  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Regulatory
•  Change in criminal background checks
•  New from CMS
•  Be prepared: Review flood disaster plans now!
Health Care Reform
•  Federal agencies issue "Grandfather" rule
•  Seek support for Medicaid Reform
•  Resources on Medicare bundling pilot program
•  Health insurance reform and consumer protection rule released
National News
•  AHCA this week
•  Driving for Quality Care RV Tour to make Iowa stop
Awards
•  Iowa recipients of AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards
•  Iowa CNAs shine at NAHCA annual convention
•  Your programs and people are winners! Nominate them today!
Health Information Technology
•  Watch for Iowa e-Health assessment in e-mail
Education
•  Don't be left in the dark on MDS and health care reform
•  Now's the time to get AL management certified
•  AHCA/NCAL convention early bird registration ends July 21
Resources
•  Free consumer education materials
•  Featured Associate Member

 

Federal agencies issue "Grandfather" rule

Federal agencies have started taking further steps in implementing health care reform by issuing an interim final “grandfather” rule for health coverage already in place as of March 23, 2010. Employers will need to learn how their plans are affected.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, and Internal Revenue Service took further steps in implementing health care reform by issuing an interim final “grandfather” rule for health coverage already in place as of March 23, 2010. While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) establishes many new standards for health benefits, health plans that existed on March 23, 2010, are considered “grandfathered” - or exempt from some of those new requirements – under certain conditions.

The grandfather rule determines the extent to which existing health care plans can make changes, including premium and cost sharing increases and benefit reductions, and still maintain grandfather status. According to federal officials, plans will lose grandfather status if significant changes are made that reduce benefits or increase costs to consumers. Federal officials estimate that by 2013 more than half of existing plans will no longer be grandfathered. Employers will need to learn how their plans are affected. The website healthreform.gov provides a fact sheet and Q & A for more information.