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Recent Employee Benefits Developments

Amending Retirement Plans to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Plan sponsors need to review retirement plan documents and operations to determine whether changes are needed in response to last year's Supreme Court decision in U.S....more

Labor Pains: The $2 Million Part-Time Employee

One of your employees (we’ll call him “Don”) cannot enroll in your health insurance plan because you classify him as “part-time” (one who works less than 30 hours a week). This forces Don to get health insurance through a...more

Changes & Opportunities in 2014 for Small Employers under ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings about significant healthcare reform changes, as well as opportunities for small employers in 2014. Many of the reforms affect all employers who sponsor group health plans; however, the...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 33: The Impact of Value-Based–Plan Designs and Reference...

Whether a group health plan provides minimum value is central to the application of the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules. The particulars of the role of minimum value in determining assessable...more

A Rocky Rollout for the Individual Mandate

It should be news to no one that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requirement that individuals without employer sponsored health insurance must be covered by minimum essential coverage (the individual...more

More About HRAs And Some About EAPs

I blogged recently about IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) guidance restricting the ability of employers to subsidize individual health insurance premiums for their employees after December 31, 2013. That IRS and DOL guidance...more

Additional Affordable Care Act Guidance Clarifies Exchange Notices and 90-Day Waiting Period

Recent guidance clarifies the exchange notice requirement and the 90-day waiting period limitation under the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the...more

Save The Date: Oct. 1, 2013 — ACA Open Enrollment Begins

A fundamental feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Act”) is the introduction of health care exchanges, or marketplaces, where individuals and small businesses may purchase “affordable” and...more

Private Health Exchanges: Preparing for the Affordable Care Act

As the U.S. moves toward full implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare), employers are seeing new challenges and opportunities in the provision of health coverage and other benefits to...more

Healthcare Law -- Jun 21, 2013

Public Exchanges Dominate the Headlines, but Will Private Exchanges Really Shape the Future? - As states begin to announce which insurers will participate in their Exchange marketplaces, we are seeing public Exchanges...more

Healthcare Law -- May 21, 2013

Clearing up the Rumors around Health Reform Delays: What Really Happened, What Won’t and Steps Employers and Insurers Can Take Now - Rumors are flying in health policy circles that the Obama Administration might delay...more

DOL (Finally) Issues Model Exchange Notice

On May 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued long-awaited temporary guidance and a model notice to be provided to employees about upcoming coverage options through the health care exchange, known as the Marketplace,...more

DOL Updates Model COBRA Notice in Light of Health Care Reform

Come 2014, the Health Insurance Exchanges will provide another option to COBRA “qualified beneficiaries” who are considering whether to elect to continue health coverage under an employer’s group plan....more

DOL Releases Guidance on Employer Notices about Exchange Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published guidance on the notice that most employers must provide to their employees by October 1, 2013, about the insurance that will be available through health care marketplaces known...more

The ACA’s Effects on the Employer Insurance Market

Will Employers Face a Surge in Enrollment? Employers start by asking one big question. Are they currently excluding a significant number of employees to whom they now will need to offer coverage? For many, the answer...more

Healthcare Law -- Apr 22, 2013

In This Issue: The ACA’s Effects on the Employer Insurance Market; Using the Premium Assistance Option to Purchase Coverage for Medicaid Beneficiaries in the Exchange: A Review of the Legal, Policy and Operational Issues; and...more

Health Care Reform: Decisions and a Changing World for Employers

Having cleared the hurdles of a Supreme Court decision and the 2010 and 2012 national elections, health care reform mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) is closing in fast on key...more

Healthcare Law -- Mar 25, 2013

In This Issue: What Does the ACA Mean for Employers?; Manatt’s Attorneys Honored for Exceptional Client Service; and Manatt Health Solutions Expands Our Talent Base to Support Your Growing Range of Challenges....more

Healthcare Reform Compliance: Checklist of Next Steps

It is impossible to ignore. Healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act is on the minds, agendas and budgets of all employers, and now is the time for employers to review their health programs to address compliance with...more

Health Care Reform Update - What employers should be doing now.

Although many of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were already in effect, the pace of change has quickened since the Supreme Court upheld the law in June of 2012. The law is composed of...more

Employers Need to Plan Now for the Next Phase of Health Care Reform

Although most employers have implemented the initial phases of Health Care Reform as they became effective over the past couple years, many of them have taken a “wait-and-see” approach to the next phase of Health Care Reform....more

Affordable Care Act Deadline to Distribute Exchange Notice Postponed

The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers notify employees about the health insurance exchange by March 1, 2013, has been postponed indefinitely. The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury...more

ACA Update: Deadline for Providing Exchange Notice Delayed

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it would delay the March 1, 2013 deadline for delivery of the employer-provided notice of health insurance exchanges (Exchanges) to employees....more

Exchange Notice Deadline Postponed: Employers Need Not Furnish The Notice Of Coverage Options Available Through Exchanges By March...

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide written notice of coverage options available through an Exchange (the Exchange Notice) to each employee by March 1, 2013 and to each new employee thereafter on his or her...more

Restrictions On Fixed Indemnity Coverage

The Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration issued guidance on the issuance of fixed indemnity insurance on January 24, 2013 in its FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XI. These FAQs are...more

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