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Employment and Benefits Advisory: 2017 Reminders and Developments

New Relief for Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements - As mentioned in prior advisories, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury have taken the position that employers cannot reimburse...more

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal to a Michigan Tax on Health Insurance Plans

The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear the Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc.’s ERISA preemption challenge to a Michigan tax on health insurance plans....more

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for the Affordable Care Act?

President-elect Trump has stated repeatedly that one of his initial goals is to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"). Because the Republicans control both houses of Congress, it seems likely that a repeal...more

Cures Act Lets Small Employers Reiumburse Premiums

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, which allows small employers to maintain health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for the purpose of reimbursing employees for the cost of...more

Small Employers Have New Health Reimbursement Option Under Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 13, 2016, contains a smorgasbord of health-related provisions, from reforming federal mental health policies to increasing funding for medical...more

Part 3: Exploring “Repeal and Replace”

In Part II of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we considered potential healthcare market consequences of a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In...more

ACA Tax Reporting Extensions

The IRS has once again extended the deadline for furnishing to employees the applicable tax forms required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and will continue to provide employers with penalty relief if they make good-faith...more

Employers Need To Be Aware Of Potential Pitfalls Of Providing Opt-Out Incentives To Company Health Insurance

In recent proposed regulations, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addressed how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts the use of employer opt-out incentives, which are payments to employees who decline an employer’s group...more

Navigating the ACA in the Trump Era

On November 8, 2016, the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became more uncertain. Republicans in Congress have been working to repeal the ACA since it was passed in 2010, and now, with control of...more

Replacing The Affordable Care Act: A Reality Infusion

During the course of his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly promised to repeal and replace President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Certainly the Republican Party's continuing...more

Issue 102: ACA Post-Election Outlook

This is the one hundred and second issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...more

Proposed Changes to Form 5500 Would Significantly Increase Reporting Obligations for Health and Welfare Plan Sponsors

Summary - On July 11, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a proposal to implement significant changes to the forms and regulations that govern annual employee benefit plan...more

Healthcare Newsletter: Volume 6, Number 1

Recent Developments in Mental Health Benefit Denials - The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) requires health plans to provide the same coverage for mental health conditions as they provide for...more

Paying Employees to Opt Out of Insurance? BEWARE

Seyfarth Synopsis: That “win-win” in contract negotiation wherein employees are paid to opt out of employer insurance has become much more complicated thanks to the IRS. Basically, if bargaining parties do not follow new IRS...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - June 2016 #4

House Republicans Reveal Plan for Alternative to ACA – On June 22, 2016, House Republicans released a health plan in the form of a 37-page white paper outlining a series of proposals that would replace a repealed Affordable...more

New IRS Enforcement Interpretation Takes Aim At Tax Status Of Certain Wellness Program Payments

Employers have plenty on their plates to think about on the subject of wellness plans these days. New EEOC regulations and new court decisions will keep employers on their toes in evaluating their current wellness plan...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - June 2016#2

Arkansas’ Governor requests to transition to a “State-based Marketplace on the Federal Platform;” Louisiana launches Medicaid expansion with SNAP fast-track enrollment; and study shows 2016 premium increases are lower for...more

Refresher Course on Affordable Care Act Individual and Employer Penalties For Not Having Health Insurance

Even though penalties for failure to comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirements have been in force since January 1, 2014 for employers with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees and January 1, 2015 for...more

House of Representatives v. Burwell: Another Blow to Obamacare

Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer’s May 12, 2016 ruling in House of Representatives v. Burwell, found that the Obama administration (the “Administration”) has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program. House of...more

IRS Denial of Section 501(c)(3) Status for a Commercial ACO

The IRS recently released a ruling, Private Letter Ruling (“PLR”) 201615022, denying Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to a “commercial” accountable care organization (“ACO”). This is the IRS’ first published guidance...more

Cadillac Tax: A Levy in Limbo

The future of the Cadillac tax, a key cost-control mechanism and federal revenue source enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unclear. Though initially set to take effect in 2018,...more

New ACA, et. al. FAQs Cover Items From “Top” to “Bottom”

On April 20, the “Big Three” agencies (DOL, Treasury/IRS, and HHS) released another set of FAQs (the 31st, for those of you counting at home). Consistent with earlier FAQs, the new FAQs cover a broad range of items under the...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2016 #2

The IRS releases guidance on resolving Form 1095 conflicts; New Hampshire's Medicaid expansion renewal clears a hurdle in the State; and New York providers get $1.5 billion in long-awaited DSRIP capital and infrastructure...more

New ACA Guidance Warrants Another "Checkup" of Employer Health Plans

On December 16, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-87 (the "Notice"), which provides "question-and-answer" guidance regarding how various Affordable Care Act (the "ACA") provisions apply to employer-provided group health plans....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - February 2016 #2

CMS details requirements for Kentucky's transition to HealthCare.gov; a new special enrollment period is established for subsidy-eligible individuals who failed to file their 2014 taxes; and President Obama sends his final...more

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