Thora A. Johnson

Thora A. Johnson

Venable LLP

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Draft Forms Released for the Affordable Care Act's Health Coverage Reporting Requirements

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes new reporting requirements on employers and insurance companies offering health coverage. Last week, the IRS released drafts of the four forms that will be used by employers and insurers...more

7/29/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Healthcare Healthcare Reform Individual Mandate IRS Reporting Requirements

Will There Be Tax Credit Subsidies for Health Coverage Purchased on the Federal

There is no letup in the intensity of the litigation wars surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or in the significance of the matters at issue. In 2012, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the ACA in the face of a...more

7/24/2014 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS Medicare Subsidies Tax Credits

Association TRENDS 2014 Legal Review

In this issue: - Top 5 Legal Issues of the Past Year - And the horse you rode in on Antitrust and membership restrictions - Employment and benefits developments: Same-sex couples - DOJ rules on...more

3/28/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Antitrust Provisions DOJ Employee Benefits IRS Joint Purchasing Programs Non-Profits Same-Sex Marriage

Business News Digest – February 2014

In this issue: - Securities Enforcement and Compliance - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Food & Drugs - Government Contracts - Healthcare - Intellectual Property -...more

2/6/2014 - CFPB CMS Compliance DaimlerChrysler DaimlerChrysler v Bauman FDA Federal Contractors Food Safety Food Supply Foreign Corporations Healthcare Jurisdiction Medicare SCOTUS SEC

CMS Announces Modernized Medicare Waiver Program in Maryland

Can hospitals cut costs, increase the quality of care, and improve patient outcomes? The State of Maryland and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) challenge hospitals to do just that in a newly announced reform...more

1/23/2014 - CMS Healthcare Hospitals Medicare Waivers

Proposed Changes to "Excepted Benefits" Regulations

Proposed regulations issued at the end of December by the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the Departments) broaden the categories of health coverage that qualify as "excepted benefits."...more

1/13/2014 - DOL Employee Benefits Healthcare HHS U.S. Treasury

Business News Digest – January 2014

In this issue: - Advertising Law News & Analysis - December 6, 2013 Edition - December 12, 2013 Edition - California Court Continues Ascertainability Trend, Denies Class Certification in Chipotle...more

1/8/2014 - Affordable Care Act Ascertainable Class Cafeteria Plans CFPB Chipotle Grill Class Action Class Certification Enforcement Food Labeling FSA Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform HSA IRS TCPA US v Windsor

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on the Application of Windsor to Cafeteria Plans, FSAs, and HSAs

On Monday, IRS issued Notice 2014-1, providing additional guidance on the effects of the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision on (1) cafeteria plans; (2) medical flexible spending accounts (Medical FSAs); (3) health savings...more

12/23/2013 - Cafeteria Plans Dependent Care DOMA Employee Benefits Flexible Spending Accounts Health Savings Accounts IRS Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Business News Digest – October 2013

In this issue: - NIST Holds Fourth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework - NIST Releases Draft Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework in Advance of Dallas Workshop - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Short...more

10/4/2013 - Banks Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Executive Compensation Financial Regulatory Reform NIST Pay Ratio SCORE Act SEC Security Clearance Short Sales Social Media Transparency User-Generated Content

The Impact of IRS Recognition of All Legal Same-Sex Marriages on Nonprofit Organizations' Employee Benefit Plans

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, which answers many questions raised by the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor earlier this summer. In Windsor, the Court...more

9/16/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

Connecting the Dots for Nonprofits on Healthcare Reform: The Exchanges, the Premium Subsidies, and the Employer Mandate

In this presentation: - Introduction - The Exchanges and The Subsidies - Preparing for the Employer Mandate - Employer Strategies - Other Fees and Market Reform - Excerpt from: The...more

9/13/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Reform Non-Profits Subsidies

The Impact of IRS Recognition of All Legal Same-Sex Marriages on Employee Benefit Plans

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, which answers many questions raised by the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor earlier this summer. In Windsor, the Court...more

9/5/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

The Road Map to HIPAA Compliance: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - Overview of HIPAA - Privacy Rule - Notice of Breach - Security Rule - Business Associates & Business Associate Agreements - Notice of Privacy...more

8/9/2013 - Breach Notification Rule Business Associates Compliance Data Breach HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Non-Profits Notice Requirements Privacy Rule Training Written Notice

Business News Digest – August 2013

In this issue: - SEC Allows Public Advertising of Private Securities Offerings - What Your Nonprofit Needs to Do about HIPAA – Now - The 2013 Draft MDE General Permit for Stormwater Associated with...more

8/8/2013 - Advertising CFPB Colleges Compliance Construction Site HIPAA Iran IRS JOBS Act New Regulations Non-Profits Nonbank Firms Private Placements Proposed Regulation Rule 506 Offerings SEC Storm Water Universities

Evaluating Your Nonprofit's Options under the Affordable Care Act: The Pros and Cons of Health Insurance Alternatives for Your...

In this presentation: - Introduction - ACA Exchanges - Shared Responsibility Requirement (A.K.A. the “Employer Mandate”) for Large Nonprofit Employers - Important Changes for Small Nonprofit...more

7/24/2013 - Affordable Care Act Charitable Organizations Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare IRS Non-Profits Shared Responsibility Rule U.S. Treasury

What Your Nonprofit Needs to Do about HIPAA – Now

Whether your nonprofit entity is an employer that provides health insurance to your employees, an organization in the growing health care industry, a hospital, or other medical provider — or you provide services to any of...more

7/2/2013 - Compliance Employee Benefits Health Insurance HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH New Regulations Non-Profits

Business News Digest – May 2013

In this issue: - Does the SEC Like Social Media? Understanding the Application of Regulation FD to Social Media - NIST Holds First Workshop on Executive Order Cybersecurity Framework - Jumpstart Our...more

5/21/2013 - Cybersecurity Energy Efficiency EPA JOBS Act NIST Permits Public Disclosure Regulation FD SEC Social Media Vessels

HIPAA Task Force – May 2013

In this issue: - What Your Business Needs To Do About Hipaa — Now - Action Items for Covered Entities and Business Associates (including Subcontractors) - Changes Impacting Business Associates (including...more

5/2/2013 - Business Associates Compliance Covered Entities Disclosure Requirements Enforcement HIPAA Notice Requirements PHI Subcontractors

Association Health Plans and Health Care Reform: A Trap for the Unwary

Trade and professional associations that sponsor health plans for their members, and organizations participating in such plans, need to be aware of an important issue arising under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...more

4/23/2013 - Affordable Care Act Association Sponsored Health Plans Healthcare

Business News Digest – February 2013

In this issue: - What You Need to Know About the Proposed Maryland Investment Tax Credit for Cybersecurity - Trade Secret Legislation May Increase Infringement Claims and Lead to a Private Right of Action -...more

2/20/2013 - Antitrust Conspiracies CIPA Class Action Class Certification Cybersecurity Department of Transportation ECPA FDA Food Safety Infringement Investment Tax Credits IRS NEPA Pay or Play Trade Secrets Voluntary Correction Program

Limited Relief for Employers under Health Care Reform's "Play-or-Pay" Rules

Proposed regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service on December 28, 2012 provide some relief to large employers subject to the employer-sponsored coverage mandate under health care reform. The employer mandate is...more

1/4/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Full-Time Employees Health Insurance Healthcare Pay or Play Safe Harbors Shared Responsibility Rule

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