Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Healthcare 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 +
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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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Wellness Rules May Require Review of Existing Wellness Programs

Final wellness regulations were issued by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) on June 3, 2013 and apply to employer-sponsored group health plans for plan years beginning on or...more

ACA’s “Pay-Or-Play” Penalty Delayed Until 2015

Last week, in a move welcomed by many employers, the Obama administration announced that it would delay implementation of certain key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until 2015....more

ACA "Pay Or Play" Deadline Extension — What It REALLY Means

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. Treasury announced that the Obama Administration is implementing a one-year delay of the employer and insurer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 ("ACA"). ...more

Final Affordable Care Act Regulations on the Exemption of Contraceptives Coverage by Religious Employers and Student Health...

The final regulations retain the definition of a religious employer, modify the accommodations provided for eligible organizations that object to contraception coverage on religious grounds, and describe how contraceptives...more

Will “Skinny” Health Care Plans Help Employers Escape Hefty Penalties?

Recent stories in the media on low-cost or “skinny” group health care plans may have some employers thinking their prayers have been answered. Under the Affordable Care Act, those who don’t offer health insurance coverage to...more

Healthcare Law -- Jun 21, 2013

Public Exchanges Dominate the Headlines, but Will Private Exchanges Really Shape the Future? - As states begin to announce which insurers will participate in their Exchange marketplaces, we are seeing public Exchanges...more

Health Care Reform's 90-Day Waiting Period Guidance for Group Health Plans Deserves a Closer Look

One of the many requirements bearing down on group health plans in 2014 is the 90-day waiting period rule found in section 2708 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as added by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....more

CMS Proposes Rule for Exchanges and SHOPs Under the Affordable Care Act

New marketing integrity and oversight provisions warrant review and comment. On June 14, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its...more

A Primer on “Low-Cost” Group Health Plans

A May 10 Wall Street Journal article, “Employers Eye Bare-Bones Health Plans Under New Law” (see the associated video on WSJ Live), highlighted a compliance strategy to minimize employer exposure for assessable payments under...more

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