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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 6: Labor and Treasury Departments Play Whack-a-Mole with...

Last year, the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department/IRS (Departments) issued guidance on the application of certain of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market reforms to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs),...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 7: IRS Puts the Kibosh on Health Plans that Fail to Cover...

In a previous post, we described an Affordable Care Act compliance strategy—referred to commercially as a “minimum value plan” or “MVP”—that involves an offer of group health plan coverage that, while similar in most respects...more

Group health plans for same-sex spouses: Equal treatment required or not?

In our recent webinar, McAfee & Taft attorneys shared with you a number of ramifications from the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized same-sex marriage in Oklahoma. One of the key questions we...more

Affordable Care Act Update: Hospitalization Services Required for Plan to Meet Minimum Value

On November 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance (Notice 2014-69) clarifying that certain group health plans that do not provide for hospitalization services or physician services or both will fail to...more

Updated Timeline of Highlights for Employer Group Health Plan Compliance with the Affordable Care Act

Since enactment of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the regulators have promulgated a myriad of regulations implementing the ACA’s requirements for group health plans. Over the past several years, the Obama administration has...more

IRS Issues New Forms And Instructions Regarding The Employer Mandate Information Reporting Requirements Under The ACA

In order to administer and enforce the rules of the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) added Sections 6055 and 6056 to the Internal Revenue Code, which require insurance providers and...more

IRS to Amend Cafeteria Plan Regulations to Facilitate Enrollment in Marketplace Coverage

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Notice 2014-55, which expands the cafeteria plan “change in status” rules to allow plans to offer employees an option to revoke their elections...more

California Repeals 60-Day Limit on Waiting Periods

On August 15, 2014, California passed Senate Bill 1034, which repealed an insurance law (Assembly Bill 1083) that prohibited insurance companies from including waiting periods in excess of 60 days in their group health...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 23: The Impact of Employment Contract Terms on Variable Hour...

For applicable large employers (i.e., employers who employed at least 50 full-time and full-time equivalent employees on business days during the preceding calendar year) endeavoring to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s...more

IRS Issues Guidance Effectively Prohibiting Employers From Reimbursing Employees For Individual Health Insurance Premiums

The IRS’ reasoning is that such reimbursement arrangements, often referred to as “employer payment plans” are “group health plans.” All group health plans must meet the Affordable Care Act’s “market reform” requirements, such...more

Changes & Opportunities in 2014 for Small Employers under ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings about significant healthcare reform changes, as well as opportunities for small employers in 2014. Many of the reforms affect all employers who sponsor group health plans; however, the...more

The Waiting is the Hardest Part: Final Regulations on the PPACA’s 90-Day Waiting Period Released

On February 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly released...more

A Rocky Rollout for the Individual Mandate

It should be news to no one that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requirement that individuals without employer sponsored health insurance must be covered by minimum essential coverage (the individual...more

Save The Date: Oct. 1, 2013 — ACA Open Enrollment Begins

A fundamental feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Act”) is the introduction of health care exchanges, or marketplaces, where individuals and small businesses may purchase “affordable” and...more

Important Reminder Regarding PCORI Fees

An important deadline is looming under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for employers that sponsor certain self-insured group health plans and issuers of certain health insurance policies. Under the ACA, employers and insurers...more

HIPAA Healthcare Reform - Prompt Attention Needed to Address Upcoming 2013 Deadlines

2013 has already been a busy year for employers with group health plans who are trying to navigate the Affordable Care Act and its immediate implications for employee benefits. However, there are other, less talked about but...more

Employer Responsibility – Will You Pay or Play?

Starting in 2014, provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act become effective known as “Pay or Play” or “Employer Shared Responsibility.” Large employers will be faced with the decision whether to offer...more

Health Care Reform: Decisions and a Changing World for Employers

Having cleared the hurdles of a Supreme Court decision and the 2010 and 2012 national elections, health care reform mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) is closing in fast on key...more

OSHA Issues Interim Final Rule on Whistleblower Protections under the Affordable Care Act

As the 2014 implementation date for the most controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) draws closer, most businesses are focused on ensuring that their group health plans meet the ACA's requirements. But there...more

Exchange Notice Deadline Postponed: Employers Need Not Furnish The Notice Of Coverage Options Available Through Exchanges By March...

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide written notice of coverage options available through an Exchange (the Exchange Notice) to each employee by March 1, 2013 and to each new employee thereafter on his or her...more

Restrictions On Fixed Indemnity Coverage

The Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration issued guidance on the issuance of fixed indemnity insurance on January 24, 2013 in its FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XI. These FAQs are...more

U.S. Department of Labor Postpones Affordable Care Act’s Employer Health Insurance Notice Requirement

On January 25, 2013, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would postpone the implementation of a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will require employers to inform employees about health...more

Employers Receive Additional Time to Provide Exchange Notice to Employees

As most are aware, 2013 is an important transition year when it comes to complying with the Affordable Care Act....more

Proposed Regulations Issued on Employer Shared Responsibility Payments under the Affordable Care Act

Last Friday, the Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations on the employer shared responsibility provisions in section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code, under which an employer may be subject to an assessment...more

How Large Employers, Full Time Employees Will Be Determined For Affordable Care Act

Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, a "large employer" will be required to offer minimum essential health care coverage for all "full-time employees" or will pay a penalty tax for failing to offer such coverage....more

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