Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Employer Group Health Plans

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 +
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 subsidies to reduce the number of uninsured citizens. less -
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The Waiting is the Hardest Part: Final Regulations on the PPACA’s 90-Day Waiting Period Released

On February 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly released...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 43: Coordinating the 3-Month Delay under Employer Shared...

So much attention has been paid to the issuance of the final employer shared responsibility regulations that some might have missed the news that final regulations were recently issued under another of the Affordable Care...more

Final “Pay or Play” Regulations Provide Transition Relief for Non-Calendar Year Plans

Last week, the IRS issued final regulations that provide additional guidance on the new “pay or play” rules (also called the employer shared responsibility rules) that will generally apply to employers’ group health plans...more

New U.S. Guidance On Expatriate Health Plans

As discussed in a prior post, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is currently in the process of finalizing its regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) “Employer Mandate.” The Employer Mandate, which...more

A Rocky Rollout for the Individual Mandate

It should be news to no one that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requirement that individuals without employer sponsored health insurance must be covered by minimum essential coverage (the individual...more

14 Labor & Employment Resolutions For 2014

Our government managed to reach a deal to avoid another government shutdown. And so, while our tax refunds will continue to be processed and parks remain open, it is that time of year again — the time to review and reflect on...more

Year-End Health and Retirement Plan Guidance Grab Bag

Following Hawaii’s enactment of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage as of and after December 2, 2013 a number of additional pieces of guidance were also issued. Internal Revenue Service’s Frequently Asked Questions...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items and Upcoming Changes

Group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2013 tasks, implementing upcoming 2014 changes, preparing for the ACA Shared Responsibility requirement in 2015, and documenting recent extensive plan changes....more

Take 5 Newsletter: An Employer's "Top 5" Action Items for 2014

It's December, and human resources professionals and law departments are reflecting on the issues addressed in 2013 and giving thanks for incident-free holiday parties. But the big question is this: What issues should get...more

Update on “Play or Pay”

The employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “play or pay,” require large employers to offer affordable medical coverage to full-time employees or face penalties. For...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Challenge to ACA Based on Religious Beliefs

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered health plans to cover certain preventative health services. In a case seeking an injunction to bar enforcement of ACA’s so-called “contraception mandate” on the ground...more

Courts Split On Whether Mandatory Contraceptive Coverage Violates Religious Freedoms Of For-Profit Corporations

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s preventive services mandate, non-grandfathered group health plans must provide 100% coverage of contraceptives for women, subject to exemptions and safe harbors for...more

More About HRAs And Some About EAPs

I blogged recently about IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) guidance restricting the ability of employers to subsidize individual health insurance premiums for their employees after December 31, 2013. That IRS and DOL guidance...more

No More Pre-Tax Premiums For Individual Insurance Policies?

Over the years we have seen some employers, particularly small employers, choose to provide health coverage to their employees by paying all or part of the premium for individual insurance policies that the employees have...more

Don't Cry for Me Argentina! Beating the High Cost of Obamacare - Finding a Solution Path for Small Business Owners

Overview - The combination of the federal government shutdown along with the roll out of Obamacare is a once in a lifetime event - sort of like a Lunar Eclipse or Haley's Comet. Or is it is more like the time that you...more

The Affordable Care Act Creates Compliance Challenges For HRAs And Other Arrangements

On September 13, 2013 the U.S. Department of the Treasury (IRS), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), collectively referred to herein as the Departments, coordinated...more

Additional Affordable Care Act Guidance Clarifies Exchange Notices and 90-Day Waiting Period

Recent guidance clarifies the exchange notice requirement and the 90-day waiting period limitation under the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the...more

Save The Date: Oct. 1, 2013 — ACA Open Enrollment Begins

A fundamental feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Act”) is the introduction of health care exchanges, or marketplaces, where individuals and small businesses may purchase “affordable” and...more

eAlert - How to Comply with the Affordable Care Act: Four Things a California Employer Needs to Know

It’s the single most controversial law passed by Congress in the last 10 years. Business groups spent hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat it in Congress and to have it overturned in the courts. But now, the Patient...more

Private Health Exchanges: Preparing for the Affordable Care Act

As the U.S. moves toward full implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare), employers are seeing new challenges and opportunities in the provision of health coverage and other benefits to...more

Affordable Care Act’s Special Rules for Grandfathered And Self-Insured Health Plans

The Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) mandates regarding health care plans, including the individual mandate, take effect with no change in schedule, despite the recent U.S. Treasury Department’s decision to postpone employer...more

Restaurant Industry Newsletter - August 2013

Fast Food Strikes Spread Across the Nation - Executive Summary: Recently, unions and union-backed workers' centers have set their sights on employers in the restaurant industry, particularly those operating fast-food...more

Employers, Remember Your SBC and New Template!

Employers conducting their annual group health plan open enrollments this fall must remember to include a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC), along with a uniform glossary to that SBC, as required by the Affordable Care...more

Certain Employers That Sponsor Group Health Plans Must Report And Pay The Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute Fee By July...

As previously mentioned in the June 11, 2013 edition of The Fast Laner, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) that is to be partially funded through...more

Important Reminder Regarding PCORI Fees

An important deadline is looming under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for employers that sponsor certain self-insured group health plans and issuers of certain health insurance policies. Under the ACA, employers and insurers...more

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