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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

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On August 15, 2014, California passed Senate Bill 1034, which repealed an insurance law (Assembly Bill 1083) that prohibited insurance companies from including waiting periods in excess of 60 days in their group health...more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 16: So What, Exactly, is an “Offer of Coverage”?

Whether an employer makes the requisite offer of group health plan coverage is critical to the application of the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules as reflected in final implementing regulations...more

Boehner Brings Suit Against Obama Regarding Employer-Mandate Delays

On Wednesday, July 30, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) moved to bring suit against President Barack Obama regarding employer-mandate delays as they pertain to the Affordable Care Act. The House voted along party lines...more

Monthly Benefits Update - July 2014

Two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on the validity of subsidies for the purchase of health insurance under the federal marketplace established pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On July 22, a...more

HEAL Advisory: How Big Is Halbig? The Potential Effects of This Major Ruling Are Numerous and Significant

On July 22, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued conflicting opinions on a key aspect of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). The cases are Halbig v....more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 22: Charting the Future of the Premium Subsidies (and Employer...

On July 22, 2014, two federal appellate courts issued conflicting decisions, within hours of each other, regarding the IRS final rule published on May 23, 2012 (the “IRS Rule”), intended to implement the exchange-related tax...more

Conflicting Rulings on Health Insurance Subsidies Raise Concerns Among Insurers and Providers

On Tuesday, July 23rd 2014, separate federal circuit court panels issued conflicting rulings regarding whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for Americans enrolled in federally-run health exchanges....more

Stay Tuned: Impact of Supreme Court Decision on ACA's Contraceptive Mandate Uncertain

It’s too soon to know the impact on the workplace of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that certain businesses may opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement to pay for birth control in their healthcare...more

Of Mice and Elephants: Halbig and King and The Struggle of Two Federal Appeals Courts to Find Meaning in Words That May or May Not...

At issue in Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell is whether or not subsidies to buy insurance on an exchange are available in both state and federal exchanges. On its face the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) provides for...more

Federal Appeals Court in D.C. Strikes Down Key Aspect of Health Care Reform (Just Before the 4th Circuit’s Opposite Ruling) – Any...

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 ruling by a three judge panel, invalidated an Internal Revenue Service regulation that interpreted section 36B of the Affordable Care Act...more

Health Care Alert: ACA Health Insurance Subsidies Called into Question by DC Circuit

Yesterday, a divided three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit struck down the IRS regulation allowing federal premium subsidies for individuals buying health insurance at...more

Hobby Lobby: Just a Start

As a trial lawyer, I rarely pay much attention to dissenting opinions. They do not serve as meaningful precedent, and they tend only to express the loser’s frustrated perspective. But Justice Ginsburg’s dissent in the Supreme...more

Rethinking COBRA After Health Care Reform

The Health Care Reform Act made many changes to health plans, but one thing it did not do was expressly eliminate or change the COBRA rules. Although health care reform does not expressly change COBRA, it does, in many ways,...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

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: What Else the Hobby Lobby Decision means

Whether you are a friend or foe of the Hobby Lobby decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court this past Monday, citizens must know the very real and far-reaching consequences of the decision. This...more

Affordable Care Act Update: Final Regulations Assist Employers With Identifying Full-Time Employees and Reporting Requirements

Earlier this year, the IRS issued final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility provisions (the “Pay-or-Play Mandate”) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). We issued a Client...more

HEAL Advisory: New COBRA Model Notices and Coordination with Marketplace Enrollment

On May 2, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services published a series of guidance and model notices clarifying the provision of health insurance to recently terminated employees. The Department of...more

Affordable Care Act – Portions of Employer Mandate Postponed

In July 2013, the employer mandate was pushed back until January 1, 2015 for all employers covered by the Act (i.e., those with 50 or more employees, including full-time equivalents (FTEs)). On February 10, the Department of...more

Do You Want Health Insurance with Your Entrée?

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that restaurant-goers are paying more than just tax and tip when dining out—a new policy at an L.A. restaurant means that diners will also be contributing to covering the cost of the...more

Obama Administration Further Delays Employer Mandate

The Obama administration has partially delayed implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “employer mandate” for a second time. The Treasury Department issued final regulations on February 10 giving medium-sized...more

2014: The Affordable Care Act Is Alive and Well – Are You Ready?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently announced yet another delay in the Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While this latest suspension in the enforcement of...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

Massachusetts Repeals Fair Share Contribution, HIRD Form Requirements

Massachusetts has repealed two main components of its landmark 2006 heath care reform law. Effective July 1, 2013, employers are no longer required to make a "fair share" contribution (FSC) to employees' health insurance...more

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