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Federal Court Strikes Down ACA Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

In Depth - A federal district court judge in Washington, DC ruled on May 12, 2016, that Congress did not appropriate funds for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. See United States...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

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2016 #3

Maryland becomes the first State to mandate over-the-counter contraceptive coverage; Missouri plans to increase Medicaid asset limitations by 500% by 2021; and HHS' final rule extends protections against sex discrimination to...more

House v. Burwell: Insurer Cost-Sharing Subsidies Unauthorized

A U.S. District Judge has ruled that HHS unlawfully has spent billions of dollars to reimburse insurers for cost-sharing reductions granted to individuals who bought health insurance through an ACA Exchange such as...more

House GOP Wins Challenge Against Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has withstood several constitutional challenges. Most well-remembered perhaps, is when, in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate, which requires individuals to have health...more

CMS Finalizes 2017 Requirements for ACA Marketplace Plans

CMS has published its annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, which governs participation in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017. The sweeping rule addresses protection of consumers...more

CMS Finalizes Funding Methodology for ACA Basic Health Program for 2017-2018

On February 29, 2016, CMS is publishing its final methodology for determining federal payment amounts to states that elect to establish a Basic Health Program (BHP) to offer health benefits to low-income individuals otherwise...more

IREG Update - Co-Op member migration: Giving "risk adjustment" a whole new meaning

Co-Op member migration: Giving "risk adjustment" a whole new meaning As the Co-Ops created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act fail one after another and their members enroll in coverage with other...more

IREG Update - October 2015 #3

Recent closures demonstrate weakness in ACA CO-OP program - Background - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law five and a half years ago, dramatically changing health insurance regulations and creating a...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

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

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Focuses on Health Insurers Merger... Arkansas to Delay Setting Up Its Own State Exchange...The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Medicare Advantage...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #4

The Massachusetts Marketplace takes steps to ease consumer confusion by reducing choice among QHPs; North Carolina appears poised to pass Medicaid reform legislation; and bipartisan support is gaining for defining businesses...more

Healthcare.gov: No 2015 Employer Subsidy Notices

On September 18, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a set of “Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace’s (FFM) 2016 Employer Notice Program.”...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 6 of 24): Reporting Group Health Plan Opt-Out...

Under a common strategy for controlling group health care plan costs, employers sometimes adopt arrangements under which an employee is offered cash as an incentive to waive coverage. These arrangements are colloquially...more

A First Step on a Long Road: CMS Begins Implementation of ACA Transparency Standards

On August 11, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted for public comment notice of a new required data collection for health insurers. Its purpose is to begin the implementation of section 1311 of...more

The ACA and Staffing Agency Workers

Companies that use staffing agencies to supply workers face special issues in determining their risk for the significant penalties under the Affordable Care Act’s “play or pay” rules....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2015

Increased plan choice on HealthCare.gov is linked to lower premium growth; Arizona seeks changes to Medicaid expansion; and California and New York release detailed Marketplace and Medicaid enrollment reports....more

Is PPACA on the Road to Recovery?

Part I: Is PPACA on the Road to Recovery? The recent decision in King v. Burwell by the Supreme Court of the United States sent a strong message to critics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010...more

Health Care Update - July 2015 #3

ACA Repeal Votes Continue: As part of a rare Senate Sunday session to consider a bill to replenish the highway trust fund for six years, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought up an amendment to repeal the ACA—in...more

Hospitality Businesses Should Consider “Play and Pay” for the ACA

A hospitality industry professional recently asked me if I thought most hotels would stop offering group health insurance coverage to their employees and have them purchase their own policies from Covered California.  My...more

King v. Burwell Aftermath: Where Does the Health Care Industry Go From Here?

What was at stake in King v. Burwell? DH: Perhaps more than initially meets the eye. If the U.S. Supreme Court had sided with the King v. Burwell plaintiffs, federal tax subsidies to reduce the cost of insurance premiums...more

"King v. Burwell: Round 2 for the Affordable Care Act"

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its long-awaited decision in King v. Burwell. The Court concluded that statutory language in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizing tax credits for consumers on “an...more

Supreme Court Denies Significant Challenge to Affordable Care Act: Employers Should Continue to Follow the Act as Currently...

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held in King v. Burwell that individual taxpayers who enroll in health plans through the federal government's health insurance exchange can be eligible for federal tax credits under...more

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