Scott V. Wagner

Scott V. Wagner

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Affordable Care Act Update: Hospitalization Services Required for Plan to Meet Minimum Value

On November 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance (Notice 2014-69) clarifying that certain group health plans that do not provide for hospitalization services or physician services or both will fail to...more

11/5/2014 - Affordable Care Act Corporate Counsel Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Health Insurance IRS Minimum Essential Coverage Scope of Coverage

Supreme Court's Contraceptive Decision Not a One-Size-Fits-All Religious Exemption from the Affordable Care Act's Requirements

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that closely-held, for-profit corporations have standing under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA). In addition, the Court held that while the...more

7/1/2014 - Affordable Care Act Burwell v Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Contraceptives Hobby Lobby Religious Exemption Religious Freedom Restoration Act SCOTUS

Final Regulations On Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Issued – Part 1

Executive Summary: Under final regulations issued by the U.S. Treasury Department on February 10, 2014, employers with at least 50 but fewer than 100 employees will not be required to comply with the employer shared...more

2/20/2014 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

Affordable Care Act Transitional Policy For Individual And Small Group Plans

On November 14, 2013, the Obama Administration announced a transitional policy, whereby insurers may, but are not required to, renew existing health plans in the individual and small-group markets in 2014, even if those plans...more

11/19/2013 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform

Health Care Reform Provisions For 2014 And Beyond

Executive Summary: Earlier this year, the Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate, a major provision of the 2010 health care reform law (the Affordable Care Act or "ACA"). The delay of the...more

11/7/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Penalties SHOP Program

Restaurant Industry Newsletter - August 2013

Fast Food Strikes Spread Across the Nation - Executive Summary: Recently, unions and union-backed workers' centers have set their sights on employers in the restaurant industry, particularly those operating fast-food...more

9/2/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates IRS Resorts & Restaurants Restaurant Industry

Legal Alert: Guidance Released On Delay Of "Pay Or Play" Penalties Under ACA

The Obama Administration has released formal guidance on the delay of the Affordable Care Act's (the "ACA") employer mandate and certain reporting requirements. ...more

7/15/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule U.S. Treasury

Legal Alert: ACA "Pay Or Play" Penalties Delayed Until 2015

The Obama Administration has announced that implementation of the penalties under the Affordable Care Act's ("ACA") employer mandate (also known as the "pay or play" penalties) have been delayed until 2015. ...more

7/5/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Health Insurance Healthcare Pay or Play Penalties U.S. Treasury W-2

Legal Alert: Notice Of Health Exchange Coverage Options Guidance Released

The Affordable Care Act added section 18B to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which requires certain employers to send out notices to employees regarding the availability of the state-based Health Insurance Exchanges...more

5/14/2013 - Affordable Care Act FLSA Health Insurance Exchanges Notice Requirements

Legal Alert: Full Implementation Of SHOP Health Exchanges Delayed

The Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") recently announced that full implementation of the SHOP component of the state-based health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA") run in full or...more

4/9/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employee Benefits Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare SHOP Program

Legal Alert: MEWA Form M-1 And Final Regulations Released

The Department of Labor ("DOL") recently released a series of final rules affecting health benefits provided through multiple employer welfare arrangements ("MEWAs"). Notably, the 2012 Form M-1 filing deadline has been...more

3/7/2013 - Affordable Care Act Collective Bargaining Deadlines DOL ERISA Form M-1 Healthcare MEWAs Reporting Requirements

Legal Alert: Final HIPAA Regulations Released: Time To Review Your HIPAA Policies?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") recently released long-awaited final HIPAA Regulations. The new regulations finalize many changes previously proposed to the Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules,...more

2/19/2013 - Business Associates Covered Entities Fundraisers HHS HIPAA Marketing PHI Risk Assessment Subcontractors

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Set To Rule On Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases involving the issue of same-sex marriage; the Second Circuit's decision finding the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and a Ninth Circuit Decision...more

12/14/2012 - DOMA Employee Benefits FMLA Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

Legal Alert: Untangling Healthcare Reform Form W-2 Reporting Requirements for PEOs

With the re-election of President Obama and the Supreme Court's recent decision upholding portions of the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"), health care reform is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Though limited...more

12/3/2012 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Healthcare IRS Reporting Requirements W-2

Legal Alert: Health Care Reform is Here to Stay

Executive Summary: With the reelection of President Obama, health care reform is here to stay. Challenges to the law are still pending; however, employers need to comply with existing requirements and begin preparations for...more

11/14/2012

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