Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal... more +
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Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury Departments Release New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Templates and Accompanying...

The Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”), and Treasury (the “Departments”) have jointly released final changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) template, the Uniform Glossary, and...more

When Anything Less than 95% is a Failing Grade: An Update on the Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

As a reminder, effective January 1, 2016, employers must offer minimum essential coverage to 95% or more (up from 70% or more for 2015) of their full-time employees and their dependents each month or pay a very steep penalty....more

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2016

Agencies Issue New FAQs on the Affordable Care Act.The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the agencies) issued another set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of...more

ACA Nondiscrimination Regulations Finalized

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final regulations under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or...more

HHS Issues Final ACA Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Regulation

In Depth - On Friday, May 13, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) finalized regulations that provide explicit protections from discrimination on the basis of gender...more

Supreme Court Decides Not to Decide on Latest Challenge to ACA Contraceptive Coverage

The Supreme Court in a unanimous opinion remanded Zubick v. Burwell — and the six cases consolidated with Zubick — back to the Courts of Appeals to rule on the contraceptive opt-out notice provisions. The Court directed the...more

Well Then…The EEOC’s Last Word on Wellness Programs

On May 17, 2016, the EEOC issued final regulations on employer-sponsored wellness programs under both the ADA and GINA. Wellness programs have been discussed on this blog before, so I’ll skip the backgrounder. Suffice it to...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2016 #4

Uninsurance hit a record-breaking low of 9.1% in 2015; Vermont legislators pass a bill to increase drug formulary and price transparency; and California rolls out its State-funded Medi-Cal expansion to undocumented children....more

New ADA and GINA Wellness Regulation Changes Complicate Wellness Program Compliance Analysis and Risks

Wellness programs should all be reviewed considering the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) regulatory changes because noncompliance with the new requirements do...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules Under ADA and GINA on Wellness Programs

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued two final rules May 16, 2016 that guide employers on the manner with which their wellness programs that ask health-related questions and/or require participants to...more

EEOC Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs: What Employers Need to Know

Increasingly, more employers are offering workplace wellness programs to promote and encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees and to prevent disease. These programs often involve medical questionnaires, health risk...more

EEOC Finalizes Wellness Program Regulations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has published final regulations and a set of questions and answers on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employer-sponsored wellness programs that offer...more

Are You Still Reimbursing Premiums For Your Employee’s Individual Healthcare Insurance? Then You’d Better Read This!!

In the past, many employers (especially smaller companies) have offered to pay their employees’ premiums for individual healthcare insurance instead of sponsoring their own group health plans. With the advent of the...more

Federal Court Strikes Down ACA Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

In Depth - A federal district court judge in Washington, DC ruled on May 12, 2016, that Congress did not appropriate funds for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. See United States...more

EEOC Issues Final Wellness Plan Rules

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued final regulations on May 18, 2016 that place limits on financial incentives used in certain employer-sponsored wellness programs. The two rules issued under the ADA and GINA,...more

New EEOC Rules for Wellness Programs: A 30 Percent Incentive = Voluntary

For years, employers have been allowed to offer voluntary wellness programs to employees under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Both laws generally prohibit...more

Court Finds Faulty Funding Provisions in Affordable Care Act Affect Low-Income Affordability Provisions

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, a federal district court judge ruled against the Obama administration, finding that no appropriations have been made to fund payments under Section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act to reimburse...more

Groundbreaking Healthcare Nondiscrimination Rule Issued by HHS: What It Means for Covered Entities

HHS late last week issued a Final Rule prohibiting discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The Rule also broadens protection for individuals with limited English...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

Judge rules HHS can't pay cost-sharing subsidies to QHPs, but allows funding to continue

More than six years after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, legal challenges continue to thread their way through the judicial system. In a May 12, 2016 decision, US District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, an...more

U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell: A Failure to Appropriate, Not a Failure in Drafting

“A most curious and convoluted argument whose mother was undoubtedly necessity,” wrote Judge Rosemary M. Collyer in describing the argument made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to uphold the...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Wellness Programs

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final regulations governing the treatment of wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information...more

Affordable Care Act: Understanding Employer Notices From the Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established Health Insurance Marketplaces (also called Exchanges) where individuals can shop and enroll in health coverage. Individuals who meet certain criteria are eligible for premium...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two final rules describing how employer wellness programs must comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs

Can an employer offer financial incentives to its employees for participating in employee wellness programs that seek health-related information? According to new rules issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

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