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Manatt on Medicaid: Medicaid at 50—The Program’s Evolution and Future

Editor’s note: Born as an afterthought to Medicare five decades ago, Medicaid has evolved from an adjunct to state welfare programs into the nation’s largest health insurer. Medicaid’s 50th birthday is a fitting time to...more

Preparing for the Approaching ACA Reporting Deadlines

With ACA reporting deadlines quickly approaching, many employers should be preparing to address the various reporting requirements in order to avoid the significant fines and penalties associated with non-compliance. As of...more

House Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill with ACA Mandate, Tax Repeal Provisions

On October 23, 2015, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3762, budget “reconciliation” legislation that includes provisions to repeal of four provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the legislation...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 14 of 24): Coding Form 1095-C, Part II for...

When reporting offers of coverage to full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules, much of the detail appears in Part II of IRS Form 1095-C, Lines 14, 15 and 16. For the most...more

The PACE Act – Changes to the Definition of Small Group for Purposes of ACA Market Reforms

On October 7, 2015, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act ("PACE Act") was enacted, and on October 19, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services released FAQs providing further guidance on the Act's...more

IRS Adjusted ACA Fee Amounts for the 2015/2016 Policy or Plan Years and Additional Payment Options

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee was established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to advance comparative clinical effectiveness research. The PCORI fee is assessed on issuers of health insurance...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2015 #3

Arizona seeks Medicaid Waiver to implement new coverage restrictions for Medicaid expansion enrollees and delivery system reform; Tennessee’s uninsured rate continues to drop; and Louisiana gubernatorial candidates line up...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Cuts in Mandatory Entitlement Programs Center of Budget Negotiations: As budget negotiators from both sides of the Hill come together to work out a two-year budget deal, determining how sequestration relief will be paid for...more

IREG Update - October 2015 #2

Hot Topic - The FIO's criticism of state regulators regarding captive reinsurance framework - The Federal Insurance Office in its September 2015 "Annual Report on the Insurance Industry" criticizes state insurance...more

President Obama Signs ACA Change Into Law

While Republican efforts to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process have garnered attention, Congress's recent passage of a bipartisan bill making targeted changes to the law...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 13 of 24): Coding Form 1095-C, Part II for...

Compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules requires that applicable large employers identify their full-time employees. A “full-time employee” for this purpose is an employee who...more

PCORI Fee Inflation Adjustment

In Notice 2015-60 (October 9, 2015), the IRS announced that the PCORI fee will rise to $2.17 per covered life for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2015 and before October 1, 2016. For plan years ending on or after...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2015 #2

Iowa's largest insurer joins the State's Marketplace for coverage year 2017; carrier changes are announced for Marketplaces in Kentucky, Oklahoma and Wyoming; and South Dakota's Governor convenes the Health Care Solutions...more

President Obama Signs Bills to Amend ACA Small Employer Definition, Expand Access to Clinical Trials

On October 7, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1624, which amends the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) definition of “small employer” by maintaining the definition of a small group market as 1-50 employees and thus...more

Potential Penalties Creating Adjustments to Health Care Coverage Plan Offerings

What ACA-related issues have had the most impact on welfare benefit plans and may surface during 2016? JRN: 2015 is the year when the potential to be penalized for not offering employee health care coverage that is both...more

Obama Signs Bill Making Changes to Affordable Care Act

On October 7, President Obama signed into law H.R.1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act. The act amends a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to allow states to opt out of the scheduled expansion...more

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

Washington, D.C. Update – October 2015

House Leadership Elections: Republican House leadership changes remain in flux in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) decision to retire and the unexpected delay of the vote to select his successor. House Majority...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings - October 2015

A number of recent Congressional hearings have focused on health policy issues, including the following...more

King v. Burwell & Beyond: ACA Litigation Continues

The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell resolved what may be the last existential legal threat to Obamacare. The case upheld the extension of premium tax credits in states operating under federally created insurance...more

Congress Clears Bill to Block ACA Change to Definition of Small Employer; House Votes to Broaden ACA Religious Exemption

The House and Senate have approved a bill (H.R. 1624) that would amend the Affordable Care Act’s definition of “small employer” to reduce the number of employers covered by new health insurance coverage requirements set to go...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 12 of 24): Deconstructing Form 1095-C, Parts II...

This series is devoted principally to the reporting requirements imposed by Internal Revenue Code §§ 6055 and 6056 as added by §§ 1502 and 1514 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), respectively. The former reports offers of...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress Avoids a Government Shutdown... House and Senate Approves Measure to Expand the Affordable Care (ACA) Act Small Group Market to 100 Employees...Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurers to Receive Only...more

IREG Update - October 2015

Hot Topic - How Central United Life v. Burwell will affect the fixed indemnity market - Background - For many years, at least some state insurance regulators have sought to place limitations on the sale of fixed...more

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