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Recent Legislation Offers Small Employers a New HRA Option

by Varnum LLP on

A health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) is a funding arrangement under which employers fund health care expenses for their employees on a pre-tax basis. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HRAs were popular among small...more

Part 3: Exploring “Repeal and Replace”

In Part II of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we considered potential healthcare market consequences of a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - December 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

This month Richard Zall, Chair of Proskauer's Health Care Department, explores developments likely to occur with respect to the Affordable Care Act as a result of the new administration. In our Rulings, Filings and...more

Back from the Dead – Cures Act Resurrects Premium Reimbursement Arrangements for Small Employers

Last week, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”), which contains numerous provisions touching on a wide range of public health matters. Among the provisions is the creation of a new health...more

Basics of New Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA)

by Perkins Coie on

The Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA), part of the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 13, 2016, makes available to small employers a new option to...more

2017 Labor & Employment Laws: New Year, New Government, New Challenges

by Littler on

On January 1, 2017, employers across the nation will face a host of new or amended federal, state, and/or local labor and employment requirements. At the same time, there is uncertainty as to how the Trump Administration and...more

Aetna and Humana Go to Battle With Regulators Over Multi-Billion Dollar Merger

The trial over Aetna and Humana's $37 billion proposed merger kicked off today in a Washington, D.C. federal court. At issue is whether the companies' merger would substantially lessen competition in the market for...more

Health Care Reform 2017: Substance, Process, and Timeline

by Epstein Becker & Green on

President-elect Donald J. Trump campaigned on a promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). For several years, the newly reelected Republican majority in Congress has likewise identified ACA repeal as a...more

“May You Live in Interesting Times” – Some Healthcare Predictions for the Trump Administration’s First Year

The ancient Chinese curse – “May you live in interesting times” – certainly springs to mind these days. What does the election of Donald Trump mean for the healthcare industry, the Affordable Care Act and current healthcare...more

Risk Adjustment Update: CMS and the states react to insurer exits

by Dentons on

The close of 2016 will mark the end of the third full year that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been fully implemented. Data is available for the first two "reporting years," 2014 and 2015, for which health insurers and...more

What Should You Do With a Marketplace Notice?

Employers of all sizes are receiving notices from Health Insurance Marketplaces (“Notice” or “Marketplace Notice”) alerting them that an employee or employees have obtained Exchange coverage and are eligible for and receiving...more

Seattle Ballot Initiative Targets Hotel Industry

by Littler on

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

We Received an Exchange Subsidy Notice…Now What?

by Bryan Cave on

The Affordable Care Act exchanges/marketplaces are required to notify employers of any employees who have been determined eligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit or cost-sharing reductions (i.e., subsidy) and...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2016 #4

CMS’ increase of the “income verification threshold” makes eligibility determinations easier for consumers; Oregon CO-OP policyholders can credit out-of-pocket spending towards new plans; and report finds that 13 million...more

Obama Administration Asks Court to Dismiss ACA Risk Corridor Litigation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Yet another challenge is being brought against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this time regarding the ACA's risk corridor program. The first of several lawsuits over this program was filed in February 2016 by an Oregon health...more

Federal Court Strikes Down ACA Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

by Reed Smith on

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

by Reed Smith on

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

by Dentons on

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

by Dentons on

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

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

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