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Nation’s Highest Court Schedules Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell

A Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) spokesperson announced on December 22, 2014, that the Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell on March 4, 2015. This means that not only could the highest court soon...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: December 2014 #4

With the holiday season underway, this week the Federal government awarded $110 million in exchange establishment grants, released proposed rules to permit employees to receive employer-sponsored insurance and tax credits,...more

Congress Passes Tax Extender Bill With Certain Medicare Cuts

On December 16, 2014, Congress approved a tax extender bill (H.R. 5771) that includes the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The ABLE Act provides for tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities to pay...more

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

9 Health Care Legal Issues to Follow in 2015

Cost sharing, consumerism, price transparency, patient engagement, value-based purchasing, affiliations, consolidation, access, community partnerships, narrow networks, cost containment, post-acute care, talent...more

ACA Outlook: What Will 2015 Hold for the Affordable Care Act and Employers?

For many employers, the effective date of the Affordable Care Act's "play-or-pay" mandate is only weeks away. The impending deadline comes amid questions about the future—and perhaps viability—of the law itself. Entering...more

UK Legal HIghlights 2014 And Beyond

Welcome to our 2014 edition of UK Legal Highlights. This publication is a reminder of some of the most important and significant developments DLA Piper reported in 2014, along with some forthcoming developments to look out...more

Upcoming Health and Welfare Plan Requirements Checklist for Employers #2

As 2014 draws to a close, employers should turn their attention to several upcoming compliance obligations for the health and welfare benefit plans they sponsor. Below is a list of upcoming health and welfare compliance...more

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

Employer Cash Payments To Reimburse Employees For Health Insurance Costs – No!

Many employers offer or provide cash to employees to reimburse them for the cost of purchasing an individual health insurance policy. Others offer employees with high claims risk a choice between enrolling in the company’s...more

Same-Sex Marriage Rulings May Pose Some Challenges for Employers

Over the past two years, there has been a sea change in the treatment of same-sex spouses under both federal and state law. Now that federal law, and the laws in 35 states and Washington, D.C., recognize marriage equality for...more

Determining Full-Time Employee Status for ACA: IRS Issues Guidance for Changes in Measurement or Methods

The employer shared responsibility provisions (commonly referred to as the "pay-or-play" mandate) of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") impose penalties on applicable large employers that fail to offer qualifying health coverage...more

Cafeteria Plan Amendments: A Year-End Action Item

If your company permits employees to pay for certain benefits, such as health coverage, on a pre-tax basis under an Internal Revenue Code Section 125 plan (also known as a “cafeteria plan”), you might be may be required to...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 3: Group Health Plan, Cafeteria Plan and Health FSA...

As applicable large employers grapple with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility (pay-or-play) rules, two questions arise with notable frequency...more

Monthly Benefits Update - November 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review of ACA Case Involving Premium Subsidies Offered Through Federally Facilitated Exchanges - The Supreme Court granted review in King v. Burwell, a Fourth Circuit case that upheld an IRS...more

Reminder: Amendments needed to reflect $2,500 limit on Health FSA contributions by year end

As mentioned in a prior Alert, beginning in 2013 employees’ salary reduction contributions to a health flexible spending account (health FSA) may not exceed $2,500 per plan year. This limit is to be indexed for inflation in...more

Detailing Provisions of “Obamacare” Affecting Individuals

In Fact Sheet 2014-09, November, 2014, the IRS provides details on “Obamacare”, technically known as the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). However, the Fact Sheet does not discuss a case currently before the U.S. Supreme...more

Providers and Purchasers Should Be Aware of Health Insurers’ Efforts to Pass Through Affordable Care Act Taxes and Fees

As health insurers are beginning to operationalize the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), they are increasingly attempting to pass new expenses, taxes and payment cuts through to contracting providers and...more

New ACA Guidance Permits Employer-Initiated Measurement Period Changes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released Affordable Care Act (ACA) guidance addressing how to determine full-time status when an employee’s measurement period changes. The guidance, IRS Notice 2014-49, introduces...more

Alert: Closing Affordable Care Act Loopholes

The U.S. Departments of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued guidance clearly stating that employers may not, without incurring penalties, reimburse employees who...more

Ancillary Joint Ventures Involving Taxable and Tax-Exempt Health Care Entities: Addressing the Chilling Effect of IRS Inaction

Tax-exempt health care systems facing growing operating costs and falling revenues frequently explore creation of ancillary joint ventures (AJVs) as vehicles to raise capital, share risk, expand coverage, and provide care...more

Don't Forget! Preparing for the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate

With 2015 just a few weeks away, employers with 100 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees should be gearing up for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) employer mandate, which subjects...more

The Affordable Care Act Part Two – Preparing for 2015

This is the second of a three part series on the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Act”), commonly known as “ObamaCare.” This post discusses the Employer Mandate, which takes effect January 1, 2015, and certain reporting...more

No Sanctions for Basic Life Support Service Provider

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 14-09 [PDF] and concluded that a town that uses tax revenues to cover out-of-pocket expenses owed for basic life support (BLS) emergency ambulance...more

ACA Fees, and Forms, and Delays, Oh My!

In the latest round of delays under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Employee Benefits Security Administration recently announced that the deadline for health plans to provide enrollment information to the transitional...more

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