Companies that were thinking about waiting until the Supreme Court rules on healthcare reform to continue with their compliance efforts may want to rethink that move.
Why? For the first time since the health reform law went into effect back in 2010, the DOL has begun auditing health plans to make sure they’re complying with the law.
Even if the High Court does strike down the entire law, employment law attorneys expect the feds to hold firms responsible for any violations that were made while the law was still on the books.
That means it’s in employers’ best interest to take a business-as-usual approach to complying with the law now.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt employers to look for aspects of their plans they may want to change if the law is struck down – and talk to their providers about how to make that happen (Supreme Court is expected to rule by June).
In the meantime, a breakdown of what the DOL will be looking for from employers when it comes to healthcare reform compliance can be found right here.