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The Road to Higher Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs is Paved with Good Intentions: The Unintended Consequences of High Deductible...

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) are among the fastest growing health plans in both the individual and group markets. For calendar year 2017, the IRS defines an HDHP as any health plan with a minimum deductible of $1300...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2016

Final IRS Regulations Eliminate Requirement to File 83(b) Election with Tax Return - Under Section 83(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”), if property is transferred in connection with the performance of...more

Hot Topics in Employer Health Benefits

As we start looking forward to 2017, and as many employers head into annual enrollment periods this fall, employers need to be aware of recent changes in the law that have a significant impact on health benefit plans. This...more

District Court Decision Upholds Employer’s Wellness Program But Signals Support for EEOC Positions Going Forward

In EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., the Eastern District of Wisconsin rejected the EEOC’s claims that Orion Energy’s wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Although the court upheld the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Community Health Options to Focus on Maine by Leaving New Hampshire In 2017, New Hampshire...more

IRS Addresses Health Coverage Opt-Out Payments Under the Affordable Care Act

As the cost of providing health coverage increased over the past fifteen years, many employers began to offer employees cash payments if they “opted out” of coverage. Some expected that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would...more

HHS Issues Final Non-Discrimination Rules for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers and others who receive federal financial assistance are now subject to new non-discrimination rules and notice requirements under the Affordable Care Act. The new regulation prohibits discrimination in...more

Traps for the Unwary: Does Your Employee Handbook Comply with the Affordable Care Act?

Do you think you’ve complied with the Affordable Care Act mandates? Before you answer yes, you’d best take a close look at your Employee Handbook – a minefield for mistakes....more

HHS Final Rule Extends Anti-Discrimination Protection to Transgender Patients

This past May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin,...more

IRS Proposes Adjustments in Individual Mandate Reporting

The IRS has issued proposed regulations on the individual mandate reporting requirements under section 6055 of the Internal Revenue Code. To a significant degree, the new regulations reflect guidance previously published by...more

Anti-Discrimination, Language Access Rules Compliance Deadline Fast Approaching for Health Insurers

Health insurers and HMOs have a limited time to review the new federal meaningful access rules and amend plan documents accordingly. However, many payors still have not revised their plans to include the required language,...more

New Federal Proposal May Make Health-Related Travel Insurance an Excepted Benefit Under ACA

For companies selling travel insurance products, there is major news out of Washington D.C. The Obama administration is seeking to curb short-term, limited duration health policies, which includes insurance products now...more

Deadlines Extended on Cadillac Tax and ACA Forms 1095 and 1094 Reporting

In a recent Omnibus appropriations package, Congress extended the effective date for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) "Cadillac Tax" by two years, from plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, to plan years beginning on...more

IRS Extends 2015 Affordable Care Act Information Reporting Deadlines

In a welcome development for employers and health coverage providers, the IRS has extended the Affordable Care Act information reporting deadlines. Unlike the prior transition relief in which the IRS delayed the information...more

Employee Benefits Developments - December 2015

ALERT: IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines. With only a few days remaining in 2015, the IRS provided some welcome relief for employers subject to certain Affordable Care Act reporting requirements. Under IRS Notice 2016-4,...more

Happy New Year from the IRS

Yet another end-of-year brings another late-breaking IRS notice. The IRS has extended the deadlines that apply to employers and coverage providers for reporting health coverage through the 2015 Forms 1094/1095. ...more

ACA Outlook: What Will 2016 Hold for the Affordable Care Act and Employers?

For many employers, 2016 will bring new requirements and challenges with respect to compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  However, their burden in years beyond 2016 may very likely diminish because of recent changes...more

IRS Announces Affordable Care Act Reporting Extensions: McGuireWoods Healthcare Reform Guide: Installment No. 55

This is the 55th in a series of WorkCite articles concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its companion statute, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred to collectively as the...more

Happy Holidays from the IRS: Deadlines Extended for Affordable Care Act Reporting Forms

This week, the IRS extended the due dates for providing ACA reporting forms to employees and filing the forms with the IRS. The extension applies to the forms for 2015, which are due in 2016....more

Further Guidance on ACA Market Reforms

Following up on the issuance of final regulations on various market reform provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS has issued a notice with Questions and Answers that take a more detailed look at specific ACA...more

Implementation of ACA’s Controversial “Cadillac Tax” Delayed Until 2020

Among the many requirements imposed by the Affordable Care Act, none are more controversial than the excise tax to be imposed on expensive health plans. This provision of the law, commonly known as the “Cadillac Tax,” would...more

CMS: U.S. Healthcare Spending Reaches $3 Trillion

Overall U.S. healthcare spending increased 5.3% in 2014 to reach $3.0 trillion, according to a report from CMS’ Office of the Actuary. The study indicated the growth experienced in 2014 was primarily attributable to...more

Budget Legislation Repeals Affordable Care Act’s Automatic Enrollment Requirement for Large Employers

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Pub. L. No. 114-74, which was signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, included a little-publicized provision that repealed the Affordable Care Act’s automatic enrollment requirement. ...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - November 2015

Montana receives approval to expand Medicaid beginning 2016; California’s $6.2 billion Medicaid waiver receives pre-approval; and HHS proposes broadening circumstances under which states receive enhanced federal matching...more

Bipartisan Budget Deal Includes Provisions Impacting Employers

On Monday, President Obama signed into law a two-year bipartisan budget deal that has several implications for employers. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) suspends the debt ceiling limit until March 2017, and...more

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