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Monthly Benefits Update - November 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review of ACA Case Involving Premium Subsidies Offered Through Federally Facilitated Exchanges - The Supreme Court granted review in King v. Burwell, a Fourth Circuit case that upheld an IRS...more

Monthly Benefits Update - July 2014

Two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on the validity of subsidies for the purchase of health insurance under the federal marketplace established pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On July 22, a...more

Rethinking COBRA After Health Care Reform

The Health Care Reform Act made many changes to health plans, but one thing it did not do was expressly eliminate or change the COBRA rules. Although health care reform does not expressly change COBRA, it does, in many ways,...more

Changes to COBRA Notices and New Limited Special Enrollment Period

As employers think about the upcoming employer shared responsibility mandate, they should also be thinking about how the individual mandate and the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (the “Marketplace”) will affect their...more

COBRA Meets ACA – Time to Update COBRA Notices

The Affordable Care Act created a new option to obtain health insurance for employees who are losing job-based coverage—the Health Insurance Marketplace (commonly referred to as the “Exchange”). Because this new coverage...more

DOL Issues Updated Model COBRA Notices

On May 2, 2014, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued proposed regulations amending the notice requirements under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended (“COBRA”). The proposed regulations...more

New COBRA and CHIP Notices Highlight Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

The Department of Labor recently issued updated model COBRA continuation coverage and Childrens’ Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”) notices. Plan administrators should begin using the new notices immediately. ...more

HEAL Advisory: New COBRA Model Notices and Coordination with Marketplace Enrollment

On May 2, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services published a series of guidance and model notices clarifying the provision of health insurance to recently terminated employees. The Department of...more

A Snake in the Grass No More? DOL Proposes New COBRA Forms

As part of its continuing efforts to update the sleepier corners of the employee benefits world to conform to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed new...more

New Model COBRA Notices

To coordinate information about the new marketplace/exchange coverage that may be available under the Affordable Care Act, today the U.S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with the IRS and U.S. Department of Health and...more

New Guidance on COBRA and ACA Marketplace Coverage: The Gap in Coverage is (Not Quite) Filled

There has been much confusion and concern about the interplay between the COBRA continuation coverage rules and the new Health Insurance Marketplace established under the Affordable Care Act (the “Marketplace”). One important...more

Benefits Update, No. 4, November 2013: Healthcare Reform Update

Despite glitches and long wait times, the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) came online October 1, 2013, and along with it arrived a new notice obligation for...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

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 10, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Takes on Number of Workplace Dispute Cases - Government Shutdown Creates Delays at Labor Department, NLRB - E-Verify Suspension Leaves Employers Concerned Over Hiring - Judge Again...more

Monthly Benefits Update - September 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: FAQ Part XVI Addresses Insurance Exchange Notice and 90-Day Waiting Period Requirement. The Treasury, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human...more

Affordable Care Act Compliance Reminder

Although the IRS has announced that it will delay the enforcement of certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the "Affordable Care Act" or "Obamacare"), employers are still required...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

The October 1 Deadline for Employer Health Care Reform Notices Is Coming!

On or before October 1, 2013, most employers are required to distribute a notice to their employees informing them about the new Health Care Reform Marketplace (also known as “the Exchanges”). Here are the highlights of this...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

Deadline Approaches: Notify Employees Now Regarding Health Insurance Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act requires all U.S. citizens and legal residents to have or to obtain qualifying health insurance coverage, effective January 1, 2014, or pay a tax penalty unless they meet certain criteria and receive...more

Notice Regarding Marketplace Coverage Options Due October 1

The October 1, 2013 deadline for providing employees with a notice of their coverage options through the newly established public health insurance exchanges (referred to as the “Marketplace”) is quickly approaching. This news...more

REMINDER: Oct. 1 Deadline for ACA Marketplace Notice Approaching

All employers, except for the relative few that are not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), are required to provide a written Notice to their employees regarding the coverage options available under the federal...more

Exchange Notices Under the Affordable Care Act

What you need to know: Employers must distribute notices of public exchange coverage to employees by October 1, 2013 to ensure compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. ...more

DOL Issues Marketplace Notice Guidance But Will Not Subject Employers To Fines or Penalties If They Fail To Issue The Required...

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to require employers to provide a notice to employees informing them of the public health insurance marketplaces (aka...more

Notice to Employees About Health Insurance Exchanges Due October 1, 2013

The Affordable Care Act provides individuals with the option of purchasing health coverage through new health insurance exchanges, or “Marketplaces” that will operate in every state effective January 1, 2014 (e.g.,...more

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