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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a settlement of potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) involving a Georgia-based orthopedic clinic (and HIPAA covered entity (CE)). The CE must pay $1.5 million to settle potential HIPAA violations resulting from the impermissible disclosure of electronic protected health information (ePHI) in its possession. The CE also must comply with a two-year corrective action plan.
The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from enforcing 2020 final regulations that substantially streamlined portions of earlier implementing regulations under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) issued by the Obama administration (Asapansa-Johnson Walker v. Azar II, (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 17, 2020)). The ruling, which reflects the Supreme Court's decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, GA, also stayed the effective date of the 2020 final regulations, which were scheduled to go into effect on August 18, 2020.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued two final regulations addressing the effect of the reduction to zero of the personal exemption deduction under Section 151 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). This change was enacted under 2017 tax reform legislation—the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The final regulations address the change involving the personal exemption deduction in the contexts of, respectively, the Code's definition of dependent and the availability of premium tax credits for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges.