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Religious Institutions Update: October 2016

Timely Topics - The final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May...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

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

Seattle Ballot Initiative Targets Hotel Industry

According to Ballotpedia, 140 state ballot initiatives in 35 states have already been certified for the November 8, 2016 election. This number does not include the many city-wide measures that will be before voters on...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

Issue 100: Agencies Propose ACA Regulations on Expatriate Plans and Excepted Benefits

This is the one-hundredth issue in our health care reform series of alerts for employers on selected topics in health care reform. (Our general summary of health care reform and other issues in this series can be accessed by...more

Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act Seeks to Exempt Native American Tribes from ACA

The Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act (H.R. 3080) could have a big impact on tribes if it becomes law. The legislation, which was passed by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee June 15, seeks to exempt Native...more

Are You Still Reimbursing Premiums For Your Employee's Individual Healthcare Insurance? Then You'd Better Read This!!

In the past, many employers (especially smaller companies) have offered to pay their employees’ premiums for individual healthcare insurance instead of sponsoring their own group health plans. With the advent of the...more

Refresher Course on Affordable Care Act Individual and Employer Penalties For Not Having Health Insurance

Even though penalties for failure to comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirements have been in force since January 1, 2014 for employers with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees and January 1, 2015 for...more

Affordable Care Act: Understanding Employer Notices From the Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established Health Insurance Marketplaces (also called Exchanges) where individuals can shop and enroll in health coverage. Individuals who meet certain criteria are eligible for premium...more

ACA Reporting: IRS Deadline of March 31 Looms for Applicable Large Employers

Applicable large employers have new reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Whether an employer is an applicable large employer is determined each calendar year by looking at the employer's workforce...more

ACA Suit Challenging Reduction in Hours Allowed to Proceed

Many employers are still working to catch up to and understand the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – including the IRS, which has announced automatic extensions to certain reporting requirements for this...more

New ACA Guidance Warrants Another "Checkup" of Employer Health Plans

On December 16, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-87 (the "Notice"), which provides "question-and-answer" guidance regarding how various Affordable Care Act (the "ACA") provisions apply to employer-provided group health plans....more

Important Development in Dave & Buster’s Lawsuit Regarding Whether Cutting Employee Work Hours Violates ERISA

In a case of first impression that is being closely watched by plaintiffs’ attorneys and large employers alike, a federal judge recently ruled against a motion brought by Dave & Buster’s, the restaurant chain, to dismiss a...more

New FAQs on Preventive Services, Wellness Program Rewards and Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment: McGuireWoods Healthcare...

This is the 54th 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

ACA Automatic Enrollment Mandate Repealed by Bipartisan Budget Act

On Monday, November 2nd, the President signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA). Some legislators had hoped that a budget deal would at least include a repeal of the controversial 40% excise tax on high-cost health...more

Benefits Fast Facts

PACE Act: Some Positive News For Employers With 51 To 99 Employees - For insurance market reform purposes, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) initially defined “small employers” as those with fewer than 50 employees. This...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 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

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

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

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

Reporting for ACA Mandates: Final Forms and Additional Guidance

The IRS has finalized the 2015 forms and instructions for reporting under the individual and employer mandates and issued additional guidance on these new reporting requirements. The following forms are now available...more

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