Legal Update Header On May 10, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice announcing that effective immediately, it will now interpret and enforce the prohibitions on discrimination based on sex under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to include:

  • Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and
  • Discrimination on the basis of gender identity.


Legal Update Header On May 5, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a second Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2022 that finalized the remainder of the standards included in the proposed notice issued at the end of 2020.

The first final 2022 NBPP was published Jan. 19, 2021. This second NBPP describes additional benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that apply for the 2022 benefit year, including the following:

Legal Update HeaderOn Oct. 29, 2020, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a final rule regarding transparency in coverage that imposes new transparency requirements on group health plans and health insurers in the individual and group markets. These provisions only apply to non-grandfathered coverage, including both insured and self-insured group health plan sponsors.

This final rule was issued in response to an executive order issued on June 24, 2019, aimed at improving price and quality transparency in health care.

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, District Judge Carl Nichols ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s final rule requiring hospitals to disclose their negotiated prices. The rule was released on Nov. 15, 2019, and set to take effect Jan. 1, 2021. However, in December 2019, the American Hospital Association (AHA) filed a lawsuit attempting to […]