Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Individual Mandate

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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Pruitt v. Burwell Ruling Unlikely to have Major Impact on Employers in Near Term

AffOn Tuesday, September 30, federal Judge Ronald White of the Eastern District of Oklahoma ruled in Pruitt v. Burwell that the plain text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) does not allow for the...more

Individual Responsibility under the ACA

Effective 2014, if a taxpayer is not covered under minimum essential coverage for one or more months, then, unless an exemption applies, the taxpayer is liable for the individual shared responsibility payment on his return. ...more

IRS Increases 9.5% Affordability Threshold—Or Did It?

On July 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released three Revenue Procedures (2014-46, 2014-37, and 2014-41), which provide guidance to individuals on their obligation to maintain minimum essential coverage (MEC)...more

IRS Issues Draft ACA Reporting Forms

The Internal Revenue Service recently released draft versions of the forms that will be used to meet the shared responsibility reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These draft forms have been released...more

Final Regulations Issued Regarding Employer Reporting Requirements Under ACA

Recently issued final regulations on the employer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) clarify and streamline the process for reporting information relating to the provision of minimum essential coverage...more

District Court Upholds Validity of IRS Rule Authorizing Premium Tax Credits to Individuals Who Enroll in Health-Care Coverage...

A district court in the District of Columbia recently held that the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) rule authorizing premium tax credits to individuals who enroll in health-care coverage through federal exchanges was...more

A New Option Is Available Under the ACA for Consumers With Cancelled Health Insurance Policies

On December 19, 2013 the White House announced a broadened Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) hardship exemption for individuals whose health insurance plans have been cancelled and are having a difficult time locating plans that...more

Federal Government Announces Relief from Individual Mandate

Individuals who had their insurance plans cancelled and cannot find other insurance will be breathing a collective sigh of relief. A recent announcement from the Obama Administration states that such individuals will not be...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

Obama Administration Bends Individual Mandate Rules

With the deadline to select health coverage just days away, the Obama administration has given an early Christmas present to individuals whose policies were cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)....more

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Liberty University’s Challenge to Affordable Care Act Suit

As reported by multiple sources on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to wade into the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate. Liberty University, a Christian university in in Lynchburg,...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Employer-Provided Health Care Coverage Reporting Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations on reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations, released on September 9, 2013, address two separate ACA reporting requirements: one...more

HEAL Advisory: Employer Mandate Delayed—Employers Get Welcome Relief from Penalties Until 2015, but Many Questions Remain

In reaction to employers' concerns about the many difficulties posed in efforts to comply with the Employer Mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), the Obama administration ("Administration") announced late...more

Delay of Penalties for Employer Shared Responsibility

July 2, 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department posted a blog announcing its intention to delay – until January 1, 2015 -- the imposition of penalties under the Affordable Care Act for large employers that do not offer health...more

U.S. Healthcare News: Employer Mandate Delayed until 2015

Employers who do not currently offer health insurance to employees or who were considering dropping insurance due to new restrictions under the 2010 Affordable Care Act have a lot more time to prepare for compliance....more

Employers and The Affordable Care Act: What Lies Ahead

As the Legislature decides whether Florida will implement certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), businesses of all sizes are grappling with the impact of the law and the choices they must make. Employers in...more

Proposed And Final Rules Released Regarding The ACA's Individual Mandate

In This Issue: - Minimum Essential Coverage ..HHS Proposed Rule - Shared Responsibility Payments and Exemptions ..HHS Proposed Rule ..IRS Proposed Rule ..IRS Final Rule - Essential Health Benefits ...more

CMS and IRS Publish Proposed Rules on Exemption to Individual Mandate Financial Penalty

CMS and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two proposed rules on January 30, 2013 setting forth the exemptions an individual may satisfy to avoid financial penalties associated with the Patient Protection and...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update: January 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..CMS, IRS Issue Proposed Rules on Health Insurance Mandate, Minimum - Essential Coverage ..Insurers Weigh Options for Exchange Participation ..Quality Improvements in Care...more

Employment Law Update - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Upcoming Deadlines Require Employer Action

After months of anticipation and seemingly endless public debate, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision upholding the key individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While...more

Crystal Ball Perspective: Will Healthcare Reform be Repealed if Romney Wins the Presidential Election? [Video]

In this video, attorney Eric Athey, Co-Chair of the McNees Labor and Employment group, discusses the possibility of a repeal of PPACA. Mitt Romney has pledged that, if elected, he will work to repeal the Act. However, given...more

Ober|Kaler Health Care Reform Update: In the Wake of the SCOTUS’s Affordable Care Act Decision: What’s Next for Health Care...

In March 2010 the hotly contested Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) (ACA or the Act) was signed into law by President Obama. Since its enactment, some health care providers have struggled to meet the Act’s current...more

Health Care Legal News - July 12, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 6

In This Issue: - SUPREME COURT TO HEAR FTC CHALLENGE TO GEORGIA HOSPITAL MERGER By: James M. Burns - On June 25, the United States Supreme Court granted a request by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for...more

The Healthcare Sector and the Future of ACA Implementation

Even with the lingering uncertainty over Medicaid program expansion, the High Court's decision brings some certainty and the need to focus on ramifications of ACA implementation. On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court held...more

Healthcare Reform: What Connecticut Employers Need to Know After Supreme Court’s Health Law Ruling

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) is constitutional. What does the decision mean for employers? The Supreme Court’s decision rests on some...more

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