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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 1: Going Live with the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Shared...

Regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules including the substantive “pay-or-play” rules and the accompanying reporting rules were adopted in February. Regulations...more

12/23/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates IRS Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 2: Explaining the Look-Back Measurement Method to Employees

Many applicable large employers—i.e., employers that are subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules—have a pretty good sense of what these rules are, how they work, and what they plan to...more

12/17/2014 - Affordable Care Act ERISA Full-Time Employees Health Insurance Look-Back Measurement Period Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 4: EEOC v. Honeywell and the Future of Wellness Programs

While my entries have focused principally on the employer shared responsibility rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), every once in a while an item comes along that nevertheless grabs my attention. The treatment of wellness...more

12/2/2014 - ADA Affordable Care Act Disability Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Honeywell International Wellness Programs

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 5: Health and Human Services (HHS) Wastes No Time Issuing...

Over the last couple of months, we have followed and reported on a particular ACA compliance strategy under which an employer subject to the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (or “pay-or-play”) rules...more

11/24/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Health Insurance HHS IRC Minimum Essential Coverage Minimum Value Plans Pay or Play

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 6: Labor and Treasury Departments Play Whack-a-Mole with...

Last year, the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department/IRS (Departments) issued guidance on the application of certain of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market reforms to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs),...more

11/18/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Flexible Spending Accounts Health Insurance HRA IRS U.S. Treasury

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 7: IRS Puts the Kibosh on Health Plans that Fail to Cover...

In a previous post, we described an Affordable Care Act compliance strategy—referred to commercially as a “minimum value plan” or “MVP”—that involves an offer of group health plan coverage that, while similar in most respects...more

11/11/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Health Insurance HHS Hospitals Minimum Value Plans Pay or Play Physicians U.S. Treasury

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 8: Breaking HPID News

In a surprise move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an indefinite delay in enforcement of regulations pertaining to “health plan enumeration and use of the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) in HIPAA...more

11/3/2014 - Affordable Care Act CMS Covered Entities Delays Employer Group Health Plans HIPAA HPID

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 9: Misunderstanding “Offer[s] of Coverage on Behalf of Another...

Applicable large employers faced with the prospect of complying with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules must grapple with and understand what is means to make an offer of minimum essential coverage...more

10/28/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Full-Time Employees Minimum Essential Coverage Shared Responsibility Rule Staffing Agencies

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 10: What’s an Employer to Do (with Marketplace Notices)?

Under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules, applicable large employers (those with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees on business days during the preceding calendar year) incur...more

10/22/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Marketplace Notice

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 11: Rethinking ACA Compliance Strategies Involving Reference...

Under the Affordable Care Act’s rules governing employer shared responsibility—which are codified in Internal Revenue Code § 4980H—where an applicable large employer makes an offer of group health plan coverage that is both...more

10/15/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Full-Time Employees HHS IRC IRS Minimum Value Plans Reference Pricing Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 12: The Treatment of Unpaid Leaves of Absence Under the...

Final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules furnish employers with two alternative methods—the monthly measurement method and the look-back measurement method—for identifying...more

10/6/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates IRC Look-Back Measurement Period Unpaid Leave

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 13: IRS Notice 2014-49 Offers Useful Guidance on Changes in...

For purposes of complying with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules (which are codified in Internal Revenue Code § 4980H), employers must identify their “full-time employees.” Final regulations...more

9/29/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Full-Time Employees IRC IRS Look-Back Measurement Period

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 15: Can a Plan That Fails to Cover Inpatient Hospitalization...

A recent Washington Post article (“Glitch in health care law allows employers to offer substandard insurance,” September 12, 2014) highlights an Affordable Care Act compliance strategy being marketed heavily (and adopted...more

9/17/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Essential Health Benefits Healthcare Reform Minimum Value Plans Scope of Coverage

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 16: So What, Exactly, is an “Offer of Coverage”?

Whether an employer makes the requisite offer of group health plan coverage is critical to the application of the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules as reflected in final implementing regulations...more

9/9/2014 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Employer Mandates ERISA Full-Time Employees Health Insurance Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Agrees to Hear Halbig ACA Case Before Full Court

Following up on our Week 22 ACA Countdown to Compliance post, the D.C. Court of Appeals granted the government’s petition for en banc review in Halbig v. Burwell, which held low income subsidies to purchase coverage through...more

9/8/2014 - Affordable Care Act Halbig v Burwell Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 17: Cherry Bomb in the Gold Fish Pond, or Third-Party Staffing...

With two seemingly simple and straightforward definitions in the final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s pay-or-play rules—i.e., definitions of “employer” and “employee”— the Treasury Department and IRS have...more

9/4/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Healthcare IRS U.S. Treasury W-2

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 18: Emerging Strategies to Reduce or Eliminate Exposure for...

The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility, or “pay-or-play,” rules require “applicable large employers” (generally employers with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees) to offer group health...more

8/26/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Liability Issues Final Rules Full-Time Employees IRC IRS Pay or Play

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 19: Changes in Employment Status under the Look-Back...

An earlier post explained the two principle methods—the “monthly measurement method” and the “look-back measurement method”—available to applicable large employers to identify full-time employees for purposes of determining...more

8/19/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 20: 9.5% ? 9.56% (And Why It Matters to Applicable Large...

While employers sometimes view the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (or “pay-or-play”) rules in isolation, they don’t operate that way. Instead, they exist side-by-side with other provisions of the Act. In...more

8/12/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare IRS Pay or Play Subsidies Tax Credits

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 21: Self-Funded Group Health Plans, the Affordable Care Act...

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) ushered in broad national standards aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. health care system. Referred to generically as...more

8/5/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Healthcare HHS HIPAA HPID

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 22: Charting the Future of the Premium Subsidies (and Employer...

On July 22, 2014, two federal appellate courts issued conflicting decisions, within hours of each other, regarding the IRS final rule published on May 23, 2012 (the “IRS Rule”), intended to implement the exchange-related tax...more

7/28/2014 - Affordable Care Act Chevron Deference Employer Mandates Halbig v Burwell Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Reform IRS King v Burwell Subsidies Tax Credits

Charting the Future of Premium Subsidies under the Affordable Care Act: Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell

On July 22, 2014, two federal appellate courts issued conflicting decisions, within hours of each other, regarding the IRS final rule published on May 23, 2012 (the “IRS Rule”), intended to implement the exchange-related tax...more

7/25/2014 - Affordable Care Act Halbig v Burwell Healthcare IRS King v Burwell Subsidies Tax Credits

The Future of Premium Subsidies under the Affordable Care Act: 'Halbig v. Burwell' and 'King v. Burwell'

Both decisions addressed whether tax credits are available for residents in states that have federally-facilitated health exchanges. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals said “no”; the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

7/23/2014 - Affordable Care Act Chevron v NRDC First Glance Halbig v Burwell Health Insurance Exchanges King v Burwell Legal Perspectives Popular

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