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House Approves Bills to Modify ACA Rules for Employers Related to Part-Time Workers, Veterans

On January 8, 2015, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 30, the “Save American Workers Act.” The legislation would amend the ACA’s definition of “full-time employee” for purposes of the requirement that certain...more

Administration Issues Proposed Rules on ACA Summary of Benefits and Coverage, Excepted Benefits/Wraparound Coverage

On December 30, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that would revise Affordable...more

Small Nonprofit? Get the Credit You Deserve!

In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was enacted to encourage small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to offer health insurance to their employees for the first time or continue the health care coverage they already...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - January 2015 #2

House Passes Bill to Redefine Full-Time Employee Under ACA – On January 8, 2015, the House of Representatives in a 252-172 vote approved a bill that would redefine a full-time worker under the ACA employer mandate from one...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™:

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: January 2015 #2

This week’s highlights include movement in states’ Marketplace and Medicaid leadership positions; Idaho takes a hard look at Medicaid expansion, and federal officials help Marketplace enrollees prepare for the 2014 tax...more

Benesch Health Care Market Intelligence - Physician/Hospital Summary Report 2014

In this Report: - Key Findings - Industry Trends – Hospitals - Industry Trends – Physician Practices - Government/Regulatory – Ohio - Government/Regulatory – U.S. -...more

Employing Veterans May Help Avoid the ACA’s Employer Mandate

The new Republican Congress began its session with an attempt to narrow the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate by exempting certain veterans and their families from counting toward the number of employees at small...more

Health Care Update - January 2015

In This Issue: - SGR Already Strong Focus of 114th Congress: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health...more

Challenges Physicians Can Expect in 2015

Reimbursement for medical services continues to decline. Continuing uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act persists. Government regulations create burdensome paperwork, busywork, and compliance headaches. Technology costs...more

Year-End Legislation Important for Employers

The 2015 Cromnibus and the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 solve some problems and raise others. On December 16, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act...more

A Quick Look at Healthcare Issues Expected to Make News in 2015

As we look into our crystal balls, we do not expect a lot of new issues in 2015. Rather, we believe that most of the significant issues will be a continuation of issues that arose in 2014 or earlier. ...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: January 2015

Enrollment and coverage expansion tops the new this week. Federal officials announced 6.5 million people have enrolled through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and released the first in a monthly series of detailed...more

Distant Cousins, not Twins: Some Key Differences between the Massachusetts and Federal Health Care Reform Laws

On January 1, 2015, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility mandate took effect. Up until July 1, 2013, most employers doing business in Massachusetts were required to comply with an employer mandate...more

Affordable Care Act Co-Op Health Insurer Placed Into Rehabilitation by Iowa Insurance Commissioner

The Iowa Insurance Commissioner obtained an Order for Rehabilitation with respect to CoOportunity Health, Inc. (“CoOportunity”) on December 24, 2014. With the Rehabilitation Order, the Iowa Insurance Commission took...more

Lordy, Lordy, Look Who’s Forty: A Review of Our 40-Year-Old Stalemate in Health Care Reform

Well, folks, it is official. I am “over the hill.” Yup. My birthday is today, January 7, 1975, and I was born 40 years ago. Instead of moping around, I have decided to embrace my 40s. For starters, let’s take a look...more

ACA Enrollment as of Year-End

As of December 26, 2014, HHS reported that 6.5 million consumers have obtained health insurance coverage from HealthCare.gov, bringing the total number of enrollees in federal and state exchanges to over 7 million. Of the...more

Excepted Benefits: Final regulations provide guidance on dental, vision and employee assistance plans

The Departments of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) have recently published final regulations related to when limited scope dental and vision benefits and employee assistance programs...more

Proposed Exemption of Limited Wraparound Coverage from Health Insurance Market Standards

On December 19, 2014, various federal agencies issued proposed regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) to amend the definition of “excepted benefits” to include certain limited wraparound health insurance coverage. “Excepted...more

Effects of the New Federal Spending Package on the Health Sector

In mid-December, President Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending bill known as the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015” or “Cromnibus.”[1] This post explores provisions that relate to the...more

No Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions Means HIPAA Certificates No Longer Required

Earlier this year, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a final rule implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and revising the requirements of other healthcare laws and regulations...more

States Doubling Down on Delivery and Payment Reform Efforts

Although health care reform implementation via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has focused mostly on federal changes to the health care marketplace, individual States are getting some much needed help to design and implement...more

9 Health Care Legal Issues to Follow in 2015

Cost sharing, consumerism, price transparency, patient engagement, value-based purchasing, affiliations, consolidation, access, community partnerships, narrow networks, cost containment, post-acute care, talent...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 2: Explaining the Look-Back Measurement Method to Employees

Many applicable large employers—i.e., employers that are subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules—have a pretty good sense of what these rules are, how they work, and what they plan to...more

With a New Year Rolls in a New OIG Work Plan

Recently, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2015 (“Work Plan”). The OIG protects the integrity of HHS programs by identifying...more

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