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Health Insurance Employee Benefits

Cash-Out Options - Things to Consider Before Jumping In

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

With the rise in health insurance costs and changing work demographics, employers nationwide are considering innovative benefit designs that are intended to not only contain costs but also provide employees greater...more

Employers Permitted to Modify Retiree Benefits Following Expiration of CBA

In a closely watched case for employers, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands, recently held that retiree healthcare benefits provided in...more

Golden State Worriers: California Labor & Employment Bills to Watch

by Littler on

When it comes to legislation, for California employers it's the final countdown. June 2 was the last day for bills to pass out of their house of origin. September 15 is the deadline for these bills to pass both legislative...more

ERISA Exemption Upheld for Religious-Affiliated Hospitals

Hospitals that are “church-affiliated” may be breathing easier this week, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday that defined benefit qualified retirement plans (a/k/a pension plans) are not subject to the...more

Fifth Circuit’s Pierre Deference In ERISA Cases Trumps Texas’s Anti-Discretionary Language Statute

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 7072(5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), which involved a claim for benefits under an ERISA-governed health policy, the Fifth Circuit held that...more

Eighth Circuit Grants Slight Reprieve To Mother Of Transgender Son In ACA Discrimination Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Eighth Circuit upheld dismissal of Title VII claims challenging an employee benefit plan’s blanket transgender exclusion because the exclusion impacted the employee’s transgender son, not the employee....more

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of May, 2017. Three More Post-Tackett Retiree Healthcare Vesting Decisions - On April 20, 2017, the U.S....more

IRS Issues Warning on Tax Treatment of Wellness Program Rewards

by Carlton Fields on

Employers offering wellness program rewards should be aware that some medical insurance salespeople are recommending arrangements that fail to comply with applicable law....more

Littler Global Guide - Slovakia - Q1 2017

by Littler on

Social Security - Enacted Legislation - Effective January 1, 2017, Slovakia removed the ceilings for mandatory health insurance contributions, which affects high-earning individuals and employer costs. ...more

2018 Health Savings Account Figures Released

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Earlier this month, the IRS released the 2018 inflation-adjusted figures for contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). As a reminder, HSAs are individual accounts that may be used for reimbursement of certain health...more

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: NLRB Finds Employer Violated NLRA in Implementing ACA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a unanimous decision, a three-member panel of the NLRB found that a cab company violated the NLRA by changing the length of the waiting period for employee health insurance from one year to sixty days....more

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

ML Strategies Alert - FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...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

April 18, 2017 is the Deadline to Make Contributions to a Health Savings Account for 2016

by Dickinson Wright on

If you were eligible in 2016 to make contributions to a Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) and you have not already made the maximum contribution for the year, you have until April 18, 2017 to make your contribution. Unlike...more

Health Care Providers Should Review Assignment of Benefit Forms After 9th Cir. Decision

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A federal appeals court recently brushed aside the claims of several health care providers, in large part because of the language in the assignment forms signed by their patients. The opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals...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

Premium Reimbursement Plans No Longer Off the Table for Small Employers

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Small employers struggling to assist their employees with the cost of health coverage, but daunted by the high cost of a group health plan, now have another option. Stethescope and money The 21st Century Cures Act,...more

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