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HHS Releases Final Rules Protecting Consumers Purchasing Short-Term Health Plans

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury have released the Short-Term, Limited- Duration Insurance and Independent, Noncoordinated Excepted Benefits Coverage, or “Junk Insurance,” final rules. Short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) is a type of health insurance that is typically designed to fill temporary gaps in coverage when an individual is transitioning from one source of coverage to another.

How the No Surprises Act Protects Consumers

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New federal protections shield millions of consumers from surprise medical bills, which are unexpected bills from out-of-network providers, out-of-network facilities or out-of-network air ambulance providers.

Drug Vial Sizes, Waste and Recovering Costs

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Manufacturers have mainly stayed on the periphery of the discussion about how to remedy the issue of unused or wasted drugs from single-use vials, but the REFUND Act is changing that.

Two Major Changes in Medicare in 2022

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The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted gaps the healthcare system. Two improvements to Medicare in 2022 seek to give people greater access to telehealth and other care delivery options.

Interim Rule Advances Key Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills

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An interim final rule with comment period to further implement the No Surprises Act details a process that will take patients out of the middle of payment disputes, provides a transparent process to settle out-of-network (OON) rates between providers and payers, and outlines requirements for healthcare cost estimates for uninsured (or self-pay) individuals.

OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to help the public understand when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine.