On February 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule (the Final Rule) setting forth standards for health insurance issuers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the...more
It was open enrollment for health benefits at Nossaman last week, and the conference room was filled with employees waiting to be briefed. Having spent the better part of the last few years of my professional life being...more
In This Issue:
Exchanges and Types of Plans To Be Offered Through Exchanges; Essential Health Benefits; Premiums; Cost Sharing Reductions; and Other Issues.
Excerpt from Exchanges and Types of Plans To Be...more
Beginning in 2014, the employer shared responsibility mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires applicable large employers (those employing on average at least 50 full-time equivalent employees on...more
Essential Health Benefits -
On February 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that set the accreditation standards for qualified health plans (QHPs)—plans that will be...more
In early January, the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations on “Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage.” These regulations incorporate the provisions of many previous Notices with...more
The U.S. Treasury Department recently released new guidance to assist employers (generally those with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees) in preparing and planning for the 2014 requirement to offer...more
As 2012 closes, group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2012 tasks, implementing upcoming 2013 changes, and preparing for the full impact of ACA in 2014.
As 2012 draws to an end, employers pass...more
After months of uncertainty, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal healthcare reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What does this landmark law mean for employers now and in the near and distant future?...more
The United States Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) has published the findings of a study that advocates the use of the family premium as the employer mandated affordability requirement as outlined by the Affordable...more
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