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Final Rule on Health Plan Nondiscrimination

Although bathroom use seems to be at the forefront with the media in regards to transgender issues; there are several other issues to consider, and the final rule on health plan nondiscrimination is no exception. Transgender...more

Is Obamacare Lite Really Less Calories? What Employers Need to Know

As predicted, Congress is taking action to repeal and/or alter major sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). To get the process started, various committees in the United States House of...more

ACA Brief: Path to Repeal—The American Health Care Act Unveiled

This ACA Brief is the fourth in a series of installments that will closely track congressional and administrative actions relating to ACA provisions that affect large employer-sponsored plans. On March 6, 2017, the U.S....more

Issues for Employers to Follow in the American Health Care Act's Deliberations

On March 6, 2017, the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives released a section by section summary of the tax related sections of the American Health Care Act (the “AHCA”). On March 9, 2017, the Ways...more

21st Century Cures Act overrules IRS guidance on HRAs, enhances enforcement of Mental Health Parity Act

The 21st Century Cures Act (CCA), which passed with strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and the Senate in early December, was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016... Originally...more

American Health Care Act – Key Takeaways for Employers and Plan Sponsors

On March 6, 2017, the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee released budget reconciliation recommendations that will, after mark-up beginning on March 8th, form the American...more

Is Obamacare About to Get Trumped? - House Republicans Propose to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Earlier this week, on March 6, 2017, House Republicans released their proposals to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare." The proposals would remove the...more

Update #5: It’s Here! House Republicans Propose ACA Replacement – Key Provisions for Employers

The House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees have issued draft legislation, the American Health Care Act, to begin the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Both Committees will hold...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

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

Trump administration issues proposed health insurance market stabilization rule: Will it be enough to stabilize exchange...

On 15 February 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a step toward addressing concerns about the stability of the individual and small group health insurance markets by proposing a modicum of...more

New SBC Template Goes Into Effect April 1

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new template for the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) last year. As background, the Affordable Care Act requires health plans and health insurers to annually distribute SBCs...more

The Challenges of the Trump Administration’s Vow to “Repeal and Replace” the Affordable Care Act

In the presentation “ACA Repeal/Replace Under the Trump Administration,” Susan Nash discusses the implications of President Trump and the GOP’s immediate vow to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was...more

Trumping the Affordable Care Act? Not So Fast – Impact of Executive Order on Employers Unclear

On January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (“Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal,” hereinafter referred to as the “Order”) relating to the future...more

Unclear crystal ball: What might 2017 hold for employers?

In 2016, employers were confronted with many new laws, regulations, and issues. Companies geared up for a substantial change in the overtime rule, which ultimately didn’t take effect after a federal judge in Texas issued an...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

ACA Brief: Path to Repeal - Revenue Provisions in the Crosshairs

This ACA Brief is the third in a series of installments that will closely track congressional and administrative actions relating to ACA provisions that impact large employer-sponsored plans. As detailed in Sutherland’s...more

Big Changes Ahead for Affordable Care Act: McGuireWoods Healthcare Reform Guide: Installment No. 57

This is the 57th in a series of WorkCite articles concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its companion statute, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred to collectively as the...more

The Beginning of The Repeal of Obamacare?  Some Relaxation of The Rules For Small Employers

In my blog post last September, I told you that employers could no longer offer to pay their employees’ premiums for individual healthcare due to rules under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). However, starting January 1, 2017,...more

Health and Welfare Grab Bag of End of Administration Changes

21st Century Cures Act Impacts Employers with 50 or More Employees - Employers with 50 or more employees need to watch developments under the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”) because in addition to the establishment of...more

ACA Brief: Path to Repeal – ACA Nearing Its Lifetime Limit?

This ACA Brief is the first in a series of installments that will closely track congressional and administrative actions relating to ACA provisions that impact large employer-sponsored plans. On January 12, the U.S....more

Raising the Bar to a Perfect Score: Corporate Equality Index to Look for Expanded Health Benefits as Measure of LGBT Workplace...

Employers looking for strong scores on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) in coming years may have to make some unexpected changes to their health benefit programs. Benefit programs are one key component of CEI ratings,...more

Looking Forward/Looking Backward – Day 1 Notes from the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

A large amount of wind, much discussion about the U.S healthcare, and the public getting soaked again – if you were thinking about Washington, DC and the new Congress, you’re 3,000 miles away from the action. This is the week...more

New Law Enables Small Employers to Resume Health Reimbursement Arrangements

One of the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act had been the elimination of health reimbursement arrangements as a tool for small employers to avoid the complexities of maintaining a group health plan and the...more

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