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Are You a Small Employer? Still Time to Implement a Health Reimbursement Arrangement

The 21st Century Cures Act allows small employers to reimburse employees on a pre-tax basis for medical care expenses (including premiums for individual health insurance policies). Under transition relief issued on February...more

New Legislation Proposes to Repeal and Replace the ACA

The U. S. House of Representatives (the House) proposed two bills to “repeal and replace Obamacare” last week, and while many popular consumer protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) look to be...more

Five Provisions of New Healthcare Legislation that Affect Employee Benefit Plans

Early on Thursday morning, March 9, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would fundamentally restructure the Affordable Care Act (or, as it is sometimes colloquially...more

What is the American Health Care Act?

Late in the evening on March 6, 2017, the House Republican leadership introduced a budget reconciliation bill that both repeals certain parts of the Affordable Care Act and offers new provisions that significantly change the...more

House ACA Bill Contains Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers

The House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Energy and Commerce Committee released proposed legislation on March 6, 2017, to partially repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into...more

An Employer-Centric Summary of the American Health Care Act

Unless you recently were stranded on an uninhabited island, or do not own a mobile phone, computer or television, you likely have not heard that the House released the Affordable Care Act repeal and replace bill. This new...more

House Republican Health Care Bill: Good News for Health Insurance Executives

An Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that is often-overlooked by the media, but has impacted the ability of insurers and their non-insurance related entities, in their role as employers, to take tax deductions for certain...more

House Bill to Repeal and Replace Certain Aspects of the Affordable Care Act

On March 6th, House Republicans introduced a bill called the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the revenue and tax provisions of...more

A New Employer Healthcare Plan: Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA)

Until very recently, employers were at risk of receiving steep fines if they reimbursed employees for non-employer sponsored medical care – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) included fines of up to $36,500 a year per employee for...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2017

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of February 2017. March 31, 2020 Deadline for Amending 403(b) Plans - When the Internal Revenue Service...more

Notice Requirement for Small Employer HRAs Delayed Pending Regulations

On February 27, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2017-20 delaying the notice requirement for qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (“QSEHRAs”). By way of background, prior to enactment of...more

Health Savings Accounts Considerations for Employers

The health savings account (“HSA”) has become, since its creation in 2003, an increasingly popular option for employers to subsidize employee group health costs. Employees with HSAs can save money, on a tax-free basis, for...more

Curing What Ails You – Relief for Small Employer HRAs

The impact of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) on health reimbursement arrangements (“HRAs”) has not been favorable. Many employers got rid of their HRAs or integrated them with a major medical plan in order to avoid...more

CMS, IRS Address Affordable Care Act Issues in Transition

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the IRS have each published guidance on matters arising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is too early to tell whether these measures—some of the first guidance...more

HHS Expresses Interest in Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions

In proposed regulations published on February 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suggested several adjustments designed to help stabilize the individual health insurance market – particularly...more

Update #4: Proposed ACA Rules to Stabilize Exchange Markets

Insurers have been pressuring the Trump Administration to relieve some of the uncertainty from the pending ACA “repeal/replace” debate in time for them to decide whether to participate in the individual health insurance...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

WPI Insider Briefing: New President, New Congress, New Direction in Workplace Policy

President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office on January 20, 2017, ushering in a new balance of power in Washington and what is expected to be a dramatically different era of workplace policy. On his first day in office,...more

[Webinar] Update on Preparing for the Trump Administration – What Employers May Expect - February 16th, 10:00am PST

If recently signed executive orders by President Trump are any indicator, changes are in store for employers in 2017. With current legislation and regulations under scrutiny and the future of ACA uncertain, employers are...more

Small Employers Can Ring In The New Year With A Brand New Health Reimbursement Arrangement Benefit

On December 13, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act) was signed into law. It allows small employers to offer stand-alone qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) to employees who have...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2017

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of January, 2017. Click through the links below for more information on each specific development or case. IRS...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Affordable Care Act

On Friday January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” The Order directs the Secretary of Health and...more

Employment and Benefits Advisory: 2017 Reminders and Developments

New Relief for Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements - As mentioned in prior advisories, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury have taken the position that employers cannot reimburse...more

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part II: Physicians

In contemplating the ways in which physicians may be affected by the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—and certain features of any legislation that may replace it—a good place to start is with the person...more

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part III: Hospitals

President Trump has been clear in his intention to repeal the ACA. In fact, among President Trump’s first executive orders was one seeking to “minimize the economic burden” associated with the Patient Protection and...more

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