Proposed Rules Address Prescription Drug Pricing

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule to lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts directly to patients and bring new transparency to prescription drug markets. Please note, nothing has changed yet, as this is only a proposed rule. Even if finalized in its current…

NYC Mandates Employers Allow Temporary Schedule Changes

As of July 18, 2018, employers in New York City must allow their employees to request two temporary schedule changes per calendar year for “personal events”. The law request alteration in the hours, times, or location of work, including, but not limited to using short-term unpaid leave, paid time off, working remotely, or swapping or…

NJ Passes New Balance Billing Law

On June 1, 2018, NJ Gov. Murphy passed the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act. This bill applies to emergency services and other care provided by out-of-network physicians in in-network settings (i.e. hospital-based physicians). It takes effect on September 1, 2018. The new law provides reforms to several aspects of the state’s…

Association Health Plans Final Rules

The Department of Labor recently published a final rule creating flexibility for employers and working owners to band together to sponsor a single Association Health Plan (AHP). The final rule allows multiple employers to jointly sponsor a single group health plan by expanding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (ERISA) definition of “employer.” An AHP…