Susan M. Nash

Susan M. Nash

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Automatic Enrollment for Health Plans Has Been Repealed

Budget legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on November 2, 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, repeals the controversial automatic enrollment provision under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 18A of...more

11/3/2015 - Affordable Care Act Automatic Enrollment Barack Obama Employer Group Health Plans Employer Liability Issues Federal Budget FLSA Health Insurance New Legislation Pensions Popular Premiums

IRS Adjusted ACA Fee Amounts for the 2015/2016 Policy or Plan Years and Additional Payment Options

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee was established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to advance comparative clinical effectiveness research. The PCORI fee is assessed on issuers of health insurance...more

10/22/2015 - Affordable Care Act Fees Filing Deadlines Health Insurance HHS Insurance Industry Medical Research PCORI Public Health Insurance Marketplace Self-Insured Health Plans Third-Party Transitional Reinsurance Program

Navigating Legal Issues in Connection with Employer Sponsored On-Site Health Clinics

Employers are increasingly concerned with the high cost of health care and executives in the C-Suite are beginning to take notice. The Affordable Care Act (‘‘ACA’’) required employers who sponsor group health plans to adopt a...more

10/13/2015 - Affordable Care Act C-Suite Executives Cadillac Tax COBRA Employer Group Health Plans Employer Healthcare Costs Employer Mandates ERISA HDHP Health Savings Accounts Healthcare HIPAA Income Taxes Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting Requirements Wellness Programs

Further Guidance on the ACA’s Cadillac Tax

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added Code Section 4980I to the Internal Revenue Code. Effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, an excise tax of 40 percent will be imposed on the cost of employer-sponsored...more

9/30/2015 - Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax Comment Period Employer Group Health Plans Excise Tax Health Insurance Health Savings Accounts IRS Multiemployer Plan New Guidance Plan Administrators

Affordable Care Act Reporting Penalties Significantly Increased

On June 29, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act (the Act) into law. In addition to containing several revenue offsets, the Act significantly increased penalties for incorrect information...more

7/24/2015 - 1099s Affordable Care Act Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Good Faith IRS Popular Reporting Requirements Section 6722 Tax Penalties Trade Preferences Extension Act (TPEA) W-2

Supreme Court Rejects Latest Challenge to Affordable Care Act: What Are Employers' Obligations Going Forward?

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld one of the main pillars of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the tax credits that allow millions of Americans to afford health care insurance on the public...more

6/29/2015 - Affordable Care Act Corporate Counsel Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges King v Burwell Public Health Insurance Marketplace State Health Insurance Exchanges Subsidies Tax Credits

King v. Burwell Decision Upholds Subsidies in Federal Exchanges

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in King v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires premium tax credits to be made available in states that use a federal exchange. The case challenged...more

6/26/2015 - Affordable Care Act Chevron Deference Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Individual Mandate IRS King v Burwell SCOTUS Subsidies Tax Credits

Agencies Clarify Cost-Sharing Limits Under the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) have issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarifying the limitations on cost sharing under...more

6/11/2015 - Affordable Care Act Cost-Sharing DOL Employer Group Health Plans Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges HHS Public Health Insurance Marketplace

EEOC Issues Guidance on Employer Provided Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released long-awaited proposed guidance (the proposed rule) relating to employer wellness programs. The proposed rule amends regulations implementing Title I of the...more

4/22/2015 - ADA Affordable Care Act DOL EEOC GINA Health Insurance Healthcare Proposed Regulation Wellness Programs

Employer Shared Responsibility Payments and Reporting Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act: Code Sections 6055 and 6056

Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties - There are two types of employer shared responsibility payments, also known as pay or play penalties, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first penalty under Internal...more

9/15/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Healthcare Healthcare Reform Penalties Reporting Requirements

Individual Responsibility under the ACA

Effective 2014, if a taxpayer is not covered under minimum essential coverage for one or more months, then, unless an exemption applies, the taxpayer is liable for the individual shared responsibility payment on his return. ...more

8/12/2014 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare Individual Mandate IRS Personal Liability

Upcoming Health and Welfare Plan Requirements Checklist for Employers

As the mid-way point of 2014 approaches, employers should actively turn their attention to several upcoming compliance obligations for the health and welfare benefit plans they sponsor. Below is a checklist of upcoming...more

8/1/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employee Benefits Health and Welfare Plans Healthcare HHS HIPAA PCORI

Closely Held Corporations Can Be Exempt from ACA Contraception Provisions Based on Religious Objections

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires certain employers to cover women’s preventive health care under their nongrandfathered group health plans at no cost to employees. The U.S. Department of Health...more

7/3/2014 - Affordable Care Act Burwell v Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Contraceptives FDA Healthcare HHS Hobby Lobby Religious Freedom Restoration Act SCOTUS

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Proposed Regulations Amending the COBRA Notice Requirements

On May 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued proposed regulations which seek to amend the notice requirements under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation...more

5/7/2014 - Affordable Care Act COBRA DOL EBSA Notice Requirements Proposed Regulation

Final Regulations Issued Regarding Employer Reporting Requirements Under ACA

Recently issued final regulations on the employer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) clarify and streamline the process for reporting information relating to the provision of minimum essential coverage...more

3/14/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employer Mandates Healthcare Individual Mandate IRS Reporting Requirements Shared Responsibility Rule

Final Regulations Issued Regarding Employer Shared Responsibility Under the ACA

Recently issued final regulations on the employer pay-or-play rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) clarify the requirement that employers provide health coverage to full-time employees and their dependents, or pay a...more

2/19/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

Proposed Regulations Expand the Definition of Excepted Benefits

Recently issued proposed regulations would expand the categories of excepted benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and the Public Health Service Act. ...more

1/30/2014 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employee Benefits ERISA Exemptions Healthcare HIPAA U.S. Treasury Wraparound Coverage

New FAQs Released Regarding Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity

Recent guidance clarifies important issues under the Affordable Care Act, including mental health parity requirements; coverage of preventive care services; cost-sharing requirements; and out-of-pocket maximums, wellness...more

1/15/2014 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare Healthcare Reform Indemnity Insurance Mental Health Mental Health Parity Rule MHPAEA Preventive Health Care

Final Regulations on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and New Affordable Care Act FAQs

Final regulations have been issued implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Act). The Act generally requires group health plans (or health insurance coverage offered in connection with such a...more

11/20/2013 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare Mental Health Parity Rule MHPAEA

Modification of “Use It or Lose It” Rule for Health Flexible Spending Arrangements

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued new guidance modifying the “use it or lose it” rule applicable to health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) to allow carryover of certain unused health FSA amounts into the next...more

11/4/2013 - Affordable Care Act Carryover Basis Flexible Spending Accounts Healthcare IRS Medical Reimbursement

New Guidance Clarifies Health Reimbursement Arrangements Under ACA

Recently issued guidance clarifies the application of certain provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to health reimbursement arrangements, employer payment plans, health flexible spending arrangements and employee...more

10/24/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employee Assistance Programs Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Flexible Spending Accounts Healthcare Healthcare Reform HRA Payment Plans Reimbursements

Additional Affordable Care Act Guidance Clarifies Exchange Notices and 90-Day Waiting Period

Recent guidance clarifies the exchange notice requirement and the 90-day waiting period limitation under the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the...more

9/26/2013 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employer Group Health Plans Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Marketplace Notice Waiting Periods

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Information Reporting under the Affordable Care Act

Recently issued guidance clarifies annual information reporting requirements for insurers and employers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The required reporting enables the Internal Revenue Service to determine compliance...more

9/12/2013 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employer Mandates IRS Proposed Regulation Reporting Requirements Shared Responsibility Rule Tax Credits

Important Reminder Regarding PCORI Fees

An important deadline is looming under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for employers that sponsor certain self-insured group health plans and issuers of certain health insurance policies. Under the ACA, employers and insurers...more

7/23/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Fees Form 720 Health Insurance Healthcare PCORI

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