News & Analysis as of

Questionable Retaliation Theory Gets Traction

Since our earliest postings, we have warned of a notion, prevalent among employee counsel, that an employer plan sponsor unlawfully retaliates against an employee by reducing her work hours in order to deprive her of ACA...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: IRS Notice 2015-87 Provides Much-Needed Guidance for Account-Based Plans and...

In IRS Notice 2015-87, the agencies provided further clarification on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) group health plan market reform provisions on account-based plans and much needed guidance on the Section 4980H...more

"Cadillac" Healthcare Tax Delayed to 2020

The so-called "Cadillac Tax" on certain high-cost healthcare plans that was scheduled to take effect in 2018 has been delayed until January 1, 2020. This legislative change, which is part of the Consolidated Appropriations...more

ACA Limits on Arrangements that Pay for Employee Coverage

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers had a wide variety of options when it came to paying for employee coverage. One common design, particularly for smaller employers, was to reimburse employees on a pre-tax basis...more

Integrated Health Reimbursement Accounts, Coordination with Family Coverage, and Notice 2015-87—Something’s Missing

Issued at the end of last year, Notice 2015-87 provided detailed guidance on a host of topics. The notice has been referred to colloquially in some quarters as the “pot luck” notice. Among other things, the notice, in Q&A 4,...more

Reminder of the ACA Related Deadlines for 2016

This post is intended to be a brief reminder of some of the 2016 deadlines. As originally described in our December post the following are the updated dates for Forms 1094 and 1095....more

ACA Reporting Deadline Extended — But Employers Should Stay Focused To Avoid Penalties

About a month ago, and just months before the reporting deadlines required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were set to go into effect, the Internal Revenue Service gave us all a late Christmas present and announced that...more

Some Welcome Relief and Clarification on Affordable Care Act for Employers

As the federal agencies continue to issue more guidance on the application of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) to employer-sponsored health coverage, there are some recent developments that we want to...more

Health Update - January 2016

The Megatrends Reshaping Healthcare: Managing Change and Maximizing Opportunity - Editor's Note: In 2013, Manatt Health identified 10 megatrends that would reinvent the healthcare marketplace across the next decade. In a...more

HRA Access for Spouses and Dependents: A New Wrinkle for Form 1095-C

Imagine that you are filling out Internal Revenue Service Form 1095-Cs for 2015 for an employer that offers employees the opportunity to elect self-only or family coverage under a minimum value group health plan. The plan...more

Issue 98: Year-End Agency FAQs Address Many Unanswered ACA Concerns

This is the ninety-eighth issue in our health care reform series of alerts for employers on selected topics in health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide a more in-depth...more

Employee Benefits: 2015 Ends With a Flurry of ACA Activity (1/16)

Employers were treated to a number of Affordable Care Act (ACA) developments just in time for the holidays and to ring in the New Year. Many of the developments are welcome news for employers, including an extension of the...more

Welcome Holiday Relief for Employers Under the Affordable Care Act in 2016

The U.S. government and federal agencies ended the 2015 winter holiday season by announcing delays to key provisions affecting employers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)....more

Cadillac Tax Effective Date Postponed (and Three Other 2015 Year End Health and Welfare Benefits Legislation Highlights)

While Americans everywhere were busy eating turkey and drinking eggnog last November and December, our government was hard at work attending to budget matters. Tucked among the appropriations were several fairly significant...more

IRS Extends Affordable Care Act Reporting Deadlines

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) granted a reprieve of sorts with respect to the 2015 information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the ACA, an “applicable large employer”...more

IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines

The IRS issued key extensions to looming 2016 information reporting deadlines for applicable large employers. This relief applies only to the deadlines for reporting the coverage that employers offered in 2015...more

UPDATE: Health Care Reform – End of 2015 Developments Affecting Reporting and Taxation

Pursuant to additional federal guidance issued at the end of 2015, this Advisory supplements our previous advisory regarding important Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) mandates effective in 2016. As explained below, the ACA...more

Alert: Affordable Care Act (ACA) End of Year Checklist

With the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) nearly fully implemented and agency enforcement now underway, employers must be clear which provisions of the ACA apply to them. Any employer that sponsors a health plan for employees is...more

Group Health Plan Action Items and Reminders for the New Year

While plan sponsors of group health plans breathed a little easier this year-end, there are still important action items and reminders to consider as we look to 2016....more

Deadline Extended For ACA Information Reporting Forms

The IRS has extended the deadlines for furnishing to employees the new Forms 1095 and filing these Forms with the IRS. The Forms are designed to confirm compliance with the employer and individual health insurance mandates...more

Post-Holiday Gift – ACA Reporting Deadlines Relaxed for 2016

We have been shouting the ACA reporting compliance deadlines from the rooftops for months now. Well, I guess it is a case of the “boy who cried wolf”. At the eleventh hour, the IRS has caved to a slew of complaints,...more

IRS Extends 2015 Form 1095 Deadlines

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable large employers (generally 50 or more full-time employees in previous year) must furnish each individual who was a full-time employee during 2015 with a Form 1095-C,...more

ACA 2015 Reporting Delayed (Slightly)

Under the heading of “better late than never,” the IRS has recognized that “some employers, insurers, and other providers of minimum essential [i.e., health] coverage need additional time to adapt and implement systems and...more

Health Care and the ACA: IRS Formalizes Position on Opt-Out Payments

On December 16, 2015, the IRS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Labor issued Notice 2015-87, which provides guidance on the application of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to...more

Updated Tax Credit Eligiblity Clarification

Last week the IRS released the final regulation addressing the effect of various items on an individual’s eligibility for premium tax credits. Generally, premium tax credits are not normally available to individuals who are...more

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