Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) U.S. Treasury

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As Simple as Do-Re-Mi: Treasury and IRS Issue Final Rules on Employer Information Reporting under ACA

While no one would claim that understanding the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and all of its associated regulations is as simple as the chorus from a Jackson 5 song, the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced final...more

Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services Issue Final and Proposed Regulations Implementing the 90-day Limit...

The Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) generally prevents an otherwise eligible employee (or dependent) from having to wait more than 90 days before coverage becomes effective under a group health plan. The regulation of waiting...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 26, 2014

Though Congress was in recess this past week, congressional staff was hard at work continuing to consider ways to prevent a cut to Medicare providers’ payment rates that will be triggered by the sustainable growth rate...more

Final ACA Shared Responsibility Regulations Released

Plan sponsors now have the final piece of the puzzle needed to finalize their 2015 pay-or-play strategies. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently issued the highly...more

The Top 10 Changes Made to the 2012 Proposed Rule Under the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Shared Responsibility Rules by Recently...

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service recently issued final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act. For “applicable large employers” — i.e., those with...more

What Does The ACA Shared Responsibility Final Rule Mean To Large Employers?

As many small employers rejoice over a delayed effective date, large employers should be rolling up their sleeves to adapt their evolving shared responsibility compliance strategies for 2015 to a new final rule from the U.S....more

Playing Kick the Can with the Affordable Care Act: The Administration Further Delays Employer Deadlines

The Treasury Department has announced further extensions for medium-sized and large-sized employers for compliance with the “employer mandate” of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The employer mandate requires employers with a...more

Treasury Department Delays Employer Mandate for Mid-Size Employers

Last week, the Treasury Department issued a final rule, with an accompanying press release and fact sheet, in which it delayed, for a second time, the employer mandate requiring mid-size employers with 50-99 full-time...more

Administration issues new game-changing health care reform regulations

On February 11th, the Treasury Department issued its much-anticipated final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called employer mandate, under which certain employers have to either (a) offer affordable,...more

2014: The Affordable Care Act Is Alive and Well – Are You Ready?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently announced yet another delay in the Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While this latest suspension in the enforcement of...more

Treasury Issues Final Regulations Which Delay Employer Mandate - Applicable to Businesses With Less than 100 Employees

The Obama Administration initially delayed the imposition of the employer “shared responsibility” payment (applicable under Internal Revenue Code section 4980H) which required all employers with greater than 50 employees to...more

Small Employers Catch a Big Break!

Employers with 50 to 99 employees were granted a break on Monday when the U.S. Treasury Department gave them an additional year to comply with the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This relief was granted as...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 45½: Treasury/IRS Issue Long-Awaited Final Regulations under...

Breaking with long standing tradition—i.e., issuing important rules on a Friday before a holiday weekend, or (failing that) any Friday (hence the reference to Week 45½ in this post)—the Treasury Department and the IRS today...more

Monthly Benefits Update - January 2014

Health & Welfare Plans - Agencies Issue New Round of Affordable Care Act FAQs - The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (the “Departments”) recently issued their 18th round of...more

Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury Issue Proposed Regulations Governing “Excepted Benefits”

A handful of recent guidance items that the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury have issued make some important changes related to the regulation of “excepted benefits.” These changes are driven in...more

Proposed Regulations Expand the Definition of Excepted Benefits

Recently issued proposed regulations would expand the categories of excepted benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and the Public Health Service Act. ...more

Welcomed Guidance on Wellness Programs

On June 3, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (Agencies) issued final regulations regarding nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 49: Waiting for the Final Code Section 4980H Regulations

So where are they? Final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s rules governing shared responsibility of employers were widely expected to have “dropped” before the beginning, or perhaps during the first...more

Recent Guidance on Wellness Programs Clarifies Premium Surcharges for Tobacco Use

As previously reported, the federal agencies responsible for drafting the rules implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (the U.S. Labor Department, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury...more

Agencies Share Guidance on Cost-Sharing

Earlier this month, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (Agencies) jointly issued additional guidance on the application of the cost-sharing limitations imposed under the Affordable Care Act. It...more

Volunteer Hours Of Firefighters And Emergency Responders Can Be Excluded From ACA's Shared Responsibility Calculation

Executive Summary: The Department of Treasury has posted a statement on its blog indicating that the volunteer hours of volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel do not need to be included in...more

Three Hot Topics Addressed by Recent FAQs: ACA Cost Sharing, Wellness Programs and the MHPAEA

On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury jointly published a set of FAQs relating primarily to three areas...more

New FAQs on ACA Extend Fully-Insured Expatriate Health Plan Transitional Relief by “At Least” Another Plan Year and Clarify Scope,...

As reported, the U.S. Labor Department, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury Department (together, the “Departments”) recently issued additional FAQs regarding implementation of the market...more

Recent Guidance on Fixed Indemnity Plans—FAQ’s Relax Standards

As previously reported, the federal agencies responsible for drafting the rules implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (the U.S. Labor Department, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury...more

Departments Release New FAQ Guidance on ACA and MHPAEA Implementation Issues

On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (collectively, the “Departments”) published the eighteenth installment of a series of answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding...more

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