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Terms

When it comes to laws and regulations regarding benefit plans, all of the terms and acronyms can get confusing. Haynes Benefits wants to help you make sense of the alphabet soup. Here are the basics:

ACA ADA ADEA AHP CMS COBRA
CDHC DCAP DOL DRS EAP EBSA
EEOC ERISA EGTRRA EHR FICA FSA
FMLA GINA HCR HMO HRA HSA
HHS HDHC HDHP HIPAA HITECH IFR
IRS MSP MEWA MHPA MHPAEA MLR
NAIC NMHPA OCR OHCA PDA PEO
PHI PHSA PPACA PPO QDRO QMCSO
SAR SBC SMM SPD USERRA VEBA
WFTRA WHCRA                
ACA Affordable Care Act HCR Health Care Reform, also known as ACA IFR Interim Final Regulations MHPAEA Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act GINA Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act HITECH Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act EHR Electronic Health Records DRS Designated Record Set AHP Association Health Plan MLR Medical Loss Ratio PPACA: Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act NAIC: National Association of Insurance Commissioners SBC: Summary of Benefits and Coverage
ACA Affordable Care Act back to top >
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act back to top >
ADEA Age Discrimination in Employment Act back to top >
AHP Association Health Plan back to top >
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) back to top >
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 back to top >
CDHC Consumer-Driven Health Care back to top >
DCAP Dependent Care Assistance Program back to top >
DOL Department of Labor back to top >
DRS Designated Record Set back to top >
EBSA Employee Benefits Security Administration, formerly known as the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA) back to top >
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission back to top >
EHR Electronic Health Records back to top >
ERISA Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 back to top >
EGTRRA Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 back to top >
EAP Employee Assistance Program back to top >
FICA Federal Insurance Contributions Act back to top >
FSA Flexible Spending Arrangement back to top >
FMLA Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 back to top >
GINA Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act back to top >
HCR Health Care Reform, also known as ACA back to top >
HITECH Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act back to top >
HMO Health Maintenance Organization back to top >
HRA Health Reimbursement Arrangement back to top >
HSA Health Savings Account back to top >
HHS Department of Health and Human Services back to top >
HDHC High-Deductible Health Coverage back to top >
HDHP High-Deductible Health Plan back to top >
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 back to top >
IFR Interim Final Regulations back to top >
IRS Internal Revenue Service back to top >
MSP Medicare Secondary Payer back to top >
MEWA Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement back to top >
MHPA Mental Health Parity Act back to top >
MLR Medical Loss Ratio back to top >
NAIC National Association of Insurance Commissioners back to top >
NMHPA Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act back to top >
MHPAEA Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act back to top >
OCR Office of Civil Rights, an agency of HHS back to top >
OHCA Organized Health Care Arrangement back to top >
PDA Pregnancy Discrimination Act back to top >
PEO Professional Employer Organization back to top >
PHI Protected Health Information back to top >
PHSA Public Health Service Act back to top >
PPACA Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (See ACA) back to top >
PPO Preferred Provider Organization back to top >
QDRO Qualified Domestic Relations Order back to top >
QMCSO Qualified Medical Child Support Order back to top >
SAR Summary Annual Report back to top >
SBC Summary of Benefits and Coverage back to top >
SMM Summary of Material Modifications back to top >
SPD Summary Plan Description back to top >
USERRA Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act back to top >
VEBA Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association back to top >
WFTRA Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 back to top >
WHCRA Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act back to top >