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New Class Action Lawsuits Asserting Violations of the MHPAEA

Banner Health and the Kaiser Foundation were recently hit with separate class action lawsuits challenging their denials of certain mental health care coverage...more

IRS Announces HSA and HDHP Limitations for 2018

On May 4, 2017, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-37 setting dollar limitations for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2018. HSAs are subject to annual aggregate contribution...more

House Passes American Health Care Act: Potential Impact on Employer Plans

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On May 4, 2017 the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). While the AHCA must still get through the Senate and eventually be signed by the President before becoming law, with the passage of the...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Deadline to Provide QSEHRA Notice Suspended - IRS Notice 2017-20 - Citing the lack of published guidance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suspended the employer advance notice requirement for qualified small...more

The Fate of the ACA’s Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies

by Perkins Coie on

As deliberations over a replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue in the U.S. House of Representatives, the fate of the ACA’s Cost-Sharing Reduction subsidies (CSRs) may be at stake. Under the ACA, Marketplace...more

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

Treasury Releases Report on Employer Mandate Enforcement

by Littler on

On April 7, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) published a report on the “Assessment of Efforts to Implement the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision.”  This report1 provides clues to the...more

WPI Insider Briefing: What Happened to Health Care Reform and Where is the Department of Labor Headed?

by Littler on

Republicans hoped to mark the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) enactment by passing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to dismantle it. Instead, facing the failure of a bill on the House...more

Where Do We Stand with Health Care?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The American Heath Care Act was designed to provide health care reform and to replace former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). However, the House of Representatives, under President Trump’s direction,...more

Affordable Care Act Survives Again; Repeal and Replace Bill Withdrawn

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As has been widely reported, proponents of the American Health Care Act withdrew the bill from consideration before the full House of Representatives could vote on it last Friday. Early statements suggest there is no...more

Issue 107: House Pulls AHCA Minutes After Expected Vote - Future of Repeal Efforts Uncertain

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and seventh 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

New Legislation Proposes to Repeal and Replace the ACA

by Perkins Coie on

The U. S. House of Representatives (the House) proposed two bills to “repeal and replace Obamacare” last week, and while many popular consumer protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) look to be...more

What is the American Health Care Act?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Late in the evening on March 6, 2017, the House Republican leadership introduced a budget reconciliation bill that both repeals certain parts of the Affordable Care Act and offers new provisions that significantly change the...more

House ACA Bill Contains Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Energy and Commerce Committee released proposed legislation on March 6, 2017, to partially repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into...more

House Republican Health Care Bill: Good News for Health Insurance Executives

An Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that is often-overlooked by the media, but has impacted the ability of insurers and their non-insurance related entities, in their role as employers, to take tax deductions for certain...more

House Bill to Repeal and Replace Certain Aspects of the Affordable Care Act

On March 6th, House Republicans introduced a bill called the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the revenue and tax provisions of...more

A New Employer Healthcare Plan: Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA)

by Fisher Phillips on

Until very recently, employers were at risk of receiving steep fines if they reimbursed employees for non-employer sponsored medical care – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) included fines of up to $36,500 a year per employee for...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of February 2017. March 31, 2020 Deadline for Amending 403(b) Plans - When the Internal Revenue Service...more

Notice Requirement for Small Employer HRAs Delayed Pending Regulations

On February 27, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2017-20 delaying the notice requirement for qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (“QSEHRAs”). By way of background, prior to enactment 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

HHS Expresses Interest in Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions

by Littler on

In proposed regulations published on February 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suggested several adjustments designed to help stabilize the individual health insurance market – particularly...more

Update #4: Proposed ACA Rules to Stabilize Exchange Markets

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Insurers have been pressuring the Trump Administration to relieve some of the uncertainty from the pending ACA “repeal/replace” debate in time for them to decide whether to participate in the individual health insurance...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

WPI Insider Briefing: New President, New Congress, New Direction in Workplace Policy

by Littler on

President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office on January 20, 2017, ushering in a new balance of power in Washington and what is expected to be a dramatically different era of workplace policy. On his first day in office,...more

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