Brandon Long

Brandon Long

McAfee & Taft

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New White House memorandum likely to result in delay of fiduciary rule

Last Friday, President Trump issued a memorandum for the U.S. Secretary of Labor that seems likely to result in the delay of key regulations issued under the Obama administration, which are currently set to become applicable...more

2/8/2017 - Delays DOL ERISA Fiduciary Rule Presidential Memorandum Retirement Plan Secretary of Labor Trump Administration

ACA Reporting Deadline Extended — But Employers Should Stay Focused To Avoid Penalties

About a month ago, and just months before the reporting deadlines required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were set to go into effect, the Internal Revenue Service gave us all a late Christmas present and announced that...more

1/26/2016 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Filing Deadlines IRS Minimum Essential Coverage

ACA Cadillac tax delayed two years

On December 18th, Congress voted to approve an omnibus spending deal to fund the federal government. This spending package includes a two-year delay – from 2018 to 2020 – of the so-called “Cadillac tax,” which was enacted as...more

12/28/2015 - Affordable Care Act Appropriations Bill Cadillac Tax Delays Employer Group Health Plans

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act once again

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in King v. Burwell and upheld the Affordable Care Act once again. In a 6-3 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court held that tax credits are...more

6/26/2015 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Health Insurance Exchanges King v Burwell Large Employer SCOTUS State Health Insurance Exchanges Subsidies Tax Credits

The skinny on narrow networks

The insurance exchanges created under Affordable Care Act have facilitated increased competition. Old version managed care models implemented cost-savings measures like pre-authorizations for medical care, hospital length of...more

6/24/2015 - Affordable Care Act Benefit Plan Sponsors Employer Group Health Plans ERISA Health Care Providers Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Skinny Plan

The ACA’s Toyota tax

For several years now, employers have spent a great deal of time focusing on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) play-or-pay mandate. Numerous articles have been written and numerous educational seminars have been given...more

5/20/2015 - Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax Employer Group Health Plans Health Insurance Healthcare IRS Self-Funded Health Plans Self-Insured Health Plans U.S. Treasury

HEALTH CARE REFORM: Time to get serious about the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirements

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has consumed us for the last four and a half years. As employers, we have spent so much time trying to figure out what the ACA requires, trying to hit the government’s moving regulatory targets,...more

9/26/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Full-Time Employees IRS Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting Requirements

Why you should care about the Affordable Care Act: Campuses explore what steps to take after healthcare legislation passes

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a political hot button in the United States. Now that it has become law, though, the challenge has shifted to determining how the nuances of the ACA will play out in...more

9/19/2014 - Affordable Care Act Colleges Healthcare Universities

SPECIAL BENEFITS: Employers can pay adoption expenses for their employees

Almost 40 years ago now, a young mother had the courage to give me up for adoption to my parents who could not themselves have children. All of my life, I have reaped the almost-unbelievable benefits of my biological mother’s...more

7/29/2014 - Adoption Employee Benefits

ERISA = Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam

It is rumored that President Reagan once referred to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) as Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam. ERISA serves important purposes in our society, but it also presents...more

5/22/2014 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employee Benefits ERISA Healthcare

Post-DOMA, IRS and CMS issue further guidance regarding same-sex spouses

Last September, three months after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, the IRS issued some much-anticipated guidance regarding the treatment of same-sex spouses. For employers who...more

4/9/2014 - CMS DOMA Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

Administration issues new game-changing health care reform regulations

On February 11th, the Treasury Department issued its much-anticipated final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called employer mandate, under which certain employers have to either (a) offer affordable,...more

2/20/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employee Definition Healthcare Reform Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule Transition Relief U.S. Treasury

Gavel to Gavel: Big time for benefits

On Monday, the Treasury Department finally issued its much-anticipated final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, under which certain employers have to offer affordable, minimum-value health coverage to...more

2/18/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employee Benefits Healthcare

EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Alert - IRS issues new guidance on same-sex spouses

In 1996, as states were beginning to consider the concept of same-sex marriage, and before any state had acted to permit it, Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act. Section 3 of DOMA defined the term “marriage” as “a...more

9/13/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

ALERT: BIG NEWS in Employee Benefits: Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate Until 2015

In perhaps the biggest healthcare reform news of the year, the Obama administration announced late Tuesday that it is delaying the so-called “play or pay” mandate for one year until 2015. ...more

7/5/2013 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employer Mandates Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule Tax Penalties U.S. Treasury

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