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Health Insurance Exchanges are government-regulated private health insurance markets where individuals can purchase standardized health insurance plans.

HHS Finalizes Health Insurance Market Stabilization Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finalized regulations designed to help stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets and, in particular, the health insurance exchanges...more

Issue 108: HHS Moves Ahead In Face of ACA Uncertainty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

CMS, IRS Address Affordable Care Act Issues in Transition

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the IRS have each published guidance on matters arising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is too early to tell whether these measures—some of the first guidance...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Affordable Care Act

by FordHarrison on

On Friday January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” The Order directs the Secretary of Health and...more

Recent Legislation Offers Small Employers a New HRA Option

by Varnum LLP on

A health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) is a funding arrangement under which employers fund health care expenses for their employees on a pre-tax basis. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HRAs were popular among small...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - December 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

This month Richard Zall, Chair of Proskauer's Health Care Department, explores developments likely to occur with respect to the Affordable Care Act as a result of the new administration. In our Rulings, Filings and...more

Back from the Dead – Cures Act Resurrects Premium Reimbursement Arrangements for Small Employers

Last week, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”), which contains numerous provisions touching on a wide range of public health matters. Among the provisions is the creation of a new health...more

Basics of New Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA)

by Perkins Coie on

The Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA), part of the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 13, 2016, makes available to small employers a new option to...more

2017 Labor & Employment Laws: New Year, New Government, New Challenges

by Littler on

On January 1, 2017, employers across the nation will face a host of new or amended federal, state, and/or local labor and employment requirements. At the same time, there is uncertainty as to how the Trump Administration and...more

Health Care Reform 2017: Substance, Process, and Timeline

by Epstein Becker & Green on

President-elect Donald J. Trump campaigned on a promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). For several years, the newly reelected Republican majority in Congress has likewise identified ACA repeal as a...more

COBRA Notices May Include Additional Information on Exchanges

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an FAQ addressing the inclusion of information about the Health Insurance Exchanges (Marketplace) in COBRA notices. The guidance could be very helpful for employers in directing...more

The Supreme Court Addresses Federal Health Care Subsidies and Same-Sex Marriage

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Two recent Supreme Court decisions have implications for employee benefit plan sponsors: King v. Burwell, decided June 25, 2015, and Obergefell v. Hodges, decided June 26, 2015....more

Monthly Benefits Alert - June 2015

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Supreme Court - As explained in more detail in separate alerts we issued over the past several days, the Supreme Court decided two major cases involving the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. First, as described...more

SCOTUS Alert: Same-Sex Marriage is a Go, and ACA Stays Alive

by Baker Donelson on

Two big decisions in two days from the Supreme Court. Read on for details. Same-Sex Marriage is a Go! Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a monumental decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al.; Case No....more

IRS Allows Cafeteria Plan Election Changes to Coordinate With ACA Exchanges

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

New IRS guidance adds two more events that allow participants to change their cafeteria plan elections outside of the annual open enrollment period. These events are designed to coordinate with the employer coverage rules and...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: October 2014

This week, states’ Marketplaces are busy preparing for the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. Marketplaces are reviewing projected enrollment and renewal figures and releasing searchable databases for 2015 health plan rates, among...more

Recent Employee Benefits Developments

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

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

Executive Briefing

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In its decision on Templemire v. W&M Welding, Inc., the Missouri Supreme Court imposed a minimalist “contributing factor” causation standard on workers’ compensation retaliation claims. The decision overrules two precedents,...more

Employer Reimbursements For Health Insurance Policy Premiums–Care Needed

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Employers who reimburse employees on a pre-tax basis for premiums the employees pay on their own individual health insurance policies (whether under an Obamacare Exchange or otherwise) are at risk for a $100 per day per...more

COBRA Meets ACA – Time to Update COBRA Notices

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

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

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

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

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

2015 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS or the agency) kicked off a flurry of springtime regulatory activity for health insurance issuers with publication of the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for...more

2014 Labor & Employment Law Update: Recent ACA Developments

by Burr & Forman on

In This Presentation: - Current State Of Health Care Reform - How Long are the Obamacare Regulations? - Delayed . . . - Not Delayed . . . - The New Model for Health Insurance Coverage - Individual...more

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