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CMS, IRS Address Affordable Care Act Issues in Transition

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the IRS have each published guidance on matters arising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is too early to tell whether these measures—some of the first guidance...more

New IRS Memo Concludes Benefits Paid by Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans May Be Taxable Income

On January 20, 2017, the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a Memorandum on the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed-indemnity health plans. In the Memorandum, the OCC concludes that...more

Top Ten Expected Labor and Employment Law Changes by the New Trump Administration

With the inauguration behind us, what changes do we expect the Trump Administration to make to labor and employment laws? The following is a top ten list of those expected changes, as recently discussed during a webinar that...more

President Trump’s First Official Action regarding the Affordable Care Act

President Trump issued the “Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal” on January 20, 2017, one of his very first actions upon taking the oath of office...more

Client Alert/Reminder: Form W-2 Reporting Due / Disclosure Due to CMS for Medicare Part D

UPCOMING DEADLINES: {1) FORM W-2 REPORTING; AND (2) MEDICARE PART D NOTICES TO CMS - Reminder: Form W-2 Reporting on Aggregate Cost of Employer Sponsored Coverage - Unless subject to an exemption,...more

Key issues facing the UK residential care home sector

Historical backdrop - The collapse of over 750 care homes operated by the Southern Cross group in 2011 following rapid expansion financed by the sale of leases of its homes exposed the financial risks inherent in the...more

Church Plan Cases: Federal Agencies Finally Speak

As many of you know, currently pending before the Supreme Court are consolidated cases from the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits holding that, for religiously affiliated employers, employee benefits plans must initially be...more

Small Employers Can Ring In The New Year With A Brand New Health Reimbursement Arrangement Benefit

On December 13, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act) was signed into law. It allows small employers to offer stand-alone qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) to employees who have...more

Governor Kasich Releases $144 Billion State Budget Proposal - What You Need to Know

Yesterday, Governor Kasich released the executive version of the state’s two-year operating budget (Fiscal Years 2018-2019), which includes proposed spending of over $144 billion during the biennium. Similar to his previous...more

Upcoming Employee Benefit Plan January and February Deadlines

This client alert follows up on our prior alerts entitled "Employee Benefit Plan Filing Deadlines." The following are the most common applicable filing deadlines (and/or "Heads Up" for coming deadlines) or other important...more

Rubber, Meet Road: The Arduous Task of Translating Campaign-Talk into Action to Repeal (and Replace?) Obamacare

The creation and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was a long, strange trip beset throughout by policy disagreements, shifting political winds, backroom legislative dealings,...more

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

Post-Inauguration Outlook: ACA, Fiduciary Rule and Retirement-Related Tax Provisions

President Donald Trump took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, officially ushering in Republican control of the executive and legislative branches of government. With Republican control of both houses of Congress, and a new...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

Employee Benefits Developments - December 2016

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of December, 2016. Certain Captive Arrangements Are No Longer Under the Radar - Notice 2016-66, released...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

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. New Legislature Sworn In, Governor Shares Initial Priorities - On Wednesday, December 7,...more

Small Employer Standalone HRA Allowed by New Law

Effective January 1, 2017, small employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees will be allowed to offer employees a standalone health reimbursement account (“HRA”) without being subject to an excise tax under a law passed...more

Ohio Legislature Concludes 131st General Assembly in Marathon Session Lasting Until 3:30 AM Last Friday

After a whirlwind final week of the lame duck session, where the Legislature passed various, often times emotion-evoking measures (including gun rights, abortion, unemployment compensation fund changes, municipal minimum wage...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

ACA Tax Reporting Alert

- In Notice 2016-70, the IRS has extended the date on which to furnish copies of the 2016 Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C to employees to MARCH 2, 2017. - The IRS has also extended the "good faith" transition relief from...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

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - November 2016

This month we review a recent Second Circuit decision addressing ERISA plan status as a class member in a securities shareholder class action. As discussed in the article, the decision exposes a potential conflict among the...more

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