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Transparency, surprise billing regulations call for increased disclosure
We believe part of making healthcare simpler means empowering members' decisions with information that balances the cost and quality of services. Anthem will expand the amount of information provided to members and clients in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) and transparency rule from the Tri-Agencies (U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury). "No Surprises Act" The CAA includes the "No Surprises Act" with regulations intended to help protect consumers from surprise billing. The law includes requirements for all types of employer plans, including self-funded employers and health insurance issuers in the Individual and Group markets.
For fully insured employers subject to state law, states will be working to harmonize existing state requirements with the new federal legislation.
For self-funded employers subject to federal ERISA regulations, the federal framework will apply.
Numerous provisions are included in the CAA, the majority of which become effective January 1, 2022. The provisions include:
Small Business Update The House has passed the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that includes new help for small businesses struggling during the pandemic. This package includes long-awaited aid dedicated specifically to the restaurant industry, new provisions for small businesses across other industries, and more money for the Paycheck Protection Program. Learn how this new bill could impact your business at our next Small Business
The U.S. Chamber's Neil Bradley and CO—'s Jeanette Mulvey will be joined by National Restaurant Association's Sean Kennedy to break down the new relief and what it means for small businesses and restaurants. We'll then take audience questions to help you navigate this new round of small business assistance.
Speakers: Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Sean Kennedy, Executive Vice President,
Public Affairs, National Restaurant Association Jeanette Mulvey, Content Director, CO—
As the opening of our true-up period for private employers approaches July 1, we encourage you to review your payroll estimates for the current policy year to avoid surprises in the amount you might owe on your premium.
We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted business activity beyond your expectations since estimating your payroll last year. If your business activity and payroll exceeded your original estimate, for example, you will likely have a balance due at true-up time. We want you to be prepared. Please visit www.bwc.ohio.gov/login to compare your estimated annual payroll for policy year 2020 to your current projected actual payroll.
Select the Premium Installment Schedule option, then click Show detail to see a breakdown of your estimated annual premium calculation.