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Health Care Reform in Transition While Congress Deliberates

Changes are imminent for the Affordable Care Act and a range of other laws and regulations affecting the health care industry. Ballard Spahr attorneys established a Health Care Reform Initiative in 2008 to monitor and analyze...more

Avoiding COBRA’s Bite: Measures to Counter COBRA Class Actions

With the filing of a class action complaint in late 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. became the latest large company accused of failing to provide adequate notices as...more

A New Wave Of Class Action Lawsuits Targets Employers That Provide Deficient COBRA Notices

In a series of recent class action lawsuits involving Wal-Mart Stores Inc., BB&T Co., Shipcom Wireless Inc., and other employers, current and former employees who were eligible for COBRA continuation health coverage have...more

Caution: Non-Compliant COBRA Election Notices may be Costly

Earlier this year, an employer was sued in a class action in Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida for violating the notice provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985...more

New Law Permits Stand-Alone Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) For Small Employers

On December 13, 2016 President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act. The law had been approved with bipartisan support in the House by a vote of 392 to 26 and in the Senate by a vote of 94 to 5. The law addresses...more

How Does the 21st Century Cures Act Affect Employee Benefits?

There are two key benefits takeaways for employers in the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama signed into law on December 13, 2016. The act, which passed both houses of Congress by large...more

21st Century Cures Act Would Give Small Employers Greater Use of HRAs

Passed swiftly by Congress, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) seeks to hasten cures for killer diseases, among other things. President Obama is expected to sign the bill on Tuesday, December 13. One of those other things...more

Update on ACA Reporting (Forms 1095-C and 1094-C) – Round Two

The Internal Revenue Service just issued Notice 2016-70 granting certain transitional relief in regards to 2016 ACA reporting requirements. In particular this Notice: - Postpones the due date to provide 2016 Form...more

Did you consider the COBRA implications of your severance arrangement?

Employers frequently want to provide subsidized health coverage in connection with an employee’s severance or a reduction-in-force. In a classic case that proves the maxim ‘no good deed goes unpunished,’ the failure to...more

Required Reading – New Instructions for ACA Reporting

Unlike the forms for the 2015 calendar year, the 2016 Forms 1095-C must be provided to employees by January 31 and must be submitted to the IRS electronically by March 31 (for those with under 250 forms submitting on paper,...more

Plan Sponsors – It’s That Time Of Year Again! Medicare Creditable Coverage Notices Must Be Sent By October 15th

If prescription drug coverage is offered under your group health plan, you must provide an annual notice by October 15th to plan participants (and their dependents) who are Medicare eligible, whether they are active...more

What is Telemedicine? A Cool Benefit or a Hot Mess?

We’ve had numerous inquiries lately about telemedicine benefits. My clients most typically ask either “is this a group health plan?” or “is it just access to another provider?” Clearly, there is much confusion surrounding...more

2016 Draft Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and Instructions: What’s New, Page-by-Page

In the ACA realm, change is the only constant, so don’t take this to the bank. We’re telling you what we see for the first time, on a first reading of the draft 2016 Forms and Instructions that the IRS has released since...more

ACA Reporting Update – 2016 Draft Forms & Instructions Released

Since our last ACA Reporting Update, the extended deadlines to distribute Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to covered individuals and employees and to file the forms with the IRS have passed. The IRS has stated, however, that late...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2016 #5

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. Last week, several blogs discussed what employers can do to limit the effect of the game on the workplace. HR Morning advised looking at information technology and social media...more

Significantly More Information to Be Collected Under the Proposed Form 5500

If adopted, the changes would be effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The revisions affecting pension plans, and details regarding changes to Schedules H and I that affect funded plans (such as...more

Waves of Guidance and Benefit Plan Developments Worth Watching

Notices on Second Round of Privacy and Security Audits are Out, Expat Plans, OON Surgery Center Billing Issues, and New Nondiscrimination Rules for Federal Contractors, New ERISA Civil Monetary Penalties, COBRA Notices and...more

COBRA Notices May Include Additional Information on Exchanges

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an FAQ addressing the inclusion of information about the Health Insurance Exchanges (Marketplace) in COBRA notices. The guidance could be very helpful for employers in directing...more

When Tragedy Strikes: How Employers Can Assist Employees Affected by Mass Shootings and Disasters

In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, 49 innocent people lost their lives in a mass shooting in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This mass shooting, the deadliest in U.S. history, has left the City of Orlando...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - May 2016

Editor’s Overview - In this issue of Proskauer's ERISA Litigation Newsletter, we review a recent ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the application of controlled group principles to the building...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claim Arising from Incorrectly Addressed COBRA Notice

In Vangas v. Montefiore Medical Center, 2016 WL 2909354 (2d Cir. May 19, 2016), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that an employer is not liable for failing to provide a COBRA notice to a terminated...more

Cadillac Tax: A Levy in Limbo

The future of the Cadillac tax, a key cost-control mechanism and federal revenue source enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unclear. Though initially set to take effect in 2018,...more

Summer Projects To Prepare For The 2016/2017 School Year

Each year we outline those issues or trends you should consider implementing as your summer projects to ensure that your school is in compliance with the law and best practices. We list below four areas that we recommend you...more

Bad COBRA Notices Can Cost You

Sun Trust Bank was sued in a class action challenging its COBRA notice. The plaintiffs who brought the lawsuit claimed that the COBRA notice was materially deficient in that it failed to provide the name and address of the...more

Recent Government-Issued FAQs Clarify ACA Employer Mandate, Market Reforms

Notice 2015-87 (the Notice) provides recent government guidance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate and market reforms. The Notice contains 26 frequently asked questions (FAQs) from the Internal Revenue Service...more

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