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New Law Permits Stand-Alone Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) For Small Employers

On December 13, 2016 President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act. The law had been approved with bipartisan support in the House by a vote of 392 to 26 and in the Senate by a vote of 94 to 5. The law addresses...more

Rejoice: The Return of Premium-Reimbursement Plans for Small Employers

Last week Congress passed H.R. 34, which will exempt certain health reimbursement arrangements ("HRA"), including premium-reimbursement plans, from most Affordable Care Act requirements for small employers (i.e. those...more

Data Analytics Enables Health Plans to Predict When Employees Need Health Services and For How Long

We know that data analytics is being used to influence a wide range of things such as the pair of shoes one might want to buy or what news is “trending” on Facebook. Similar tools are being applied to employer-sponsored group...more

21st Century Cures Act Would Give Small Employers Greater Use of HRAs

Passed swiftly by Congress, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) seeks to hasten cures for killer diseases, among other things. President Obama is expected to sign the bill on Tuesday, December 13. One of those other things...more

2016 Health Care Year in Review

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes – a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts...more

Recent Developments in Patient Engagement and Healthcare Cost Initiatives

In the wake of the recent flurry of commentary on the answer to the question of “What will happen to the Affordable Care Act?” the Commonwealth Fund released a new survey addressing how high-needs patients experience health...more

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature: What to Expect

The November general election obviously represents a sea change in how business will be conducted at the Minnesota state capitol when legislators return to work on January 3, 2017. House Republicans will enjoy a comfortable...more

Williams Mullen On Call Q&A: Virginia Chamber President Speaks Out on Health Care Issues

Williams Mullen recently interviewed Virginia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barry DuVal to obtain the Virginia business community’s perspective on the current health care system and health reform. Mr. DuVal provided...more

Employers & Health Coverage Providers: You Have More Time in 2017 to Provide Information Forms to Covered Individuals

The IRS extended the 2017 due date for employers and coverage providers to furnish information statements to individuals. The due dates to file those returns with the IRS are not extended....more

Williams Mullen On Call Q&A: Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel Talks Health Care Issues

Williams Mullen recently interviewed Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel to discuss the current health care system and health care forum. Secretary Hazel’s thoughts are set out below...more

Year End Tax Planning 2016

Proper year-end planning can help alleviate any unnecessary tax burden. While little happened in the way of tax legislation in 2016, there are certain tax breaks from which you may benefit and certain strategies that can be...more

Steep Fines for Company With Compliance Problems, but Recognition of Remediation Efforts May Provide Model Going Forward

After a series of compliance failures leading to the resignation of company’s CEO, the privately-held health care brokerage company Zenefits was just hit with a $7 million dollar settlement by the California Department of...more

Judge Rejects Joint Defense Privilege Claim; Orders Would-be Merger Partners to Produce Sensitive Emails to DOJ

On October 14, 2016, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that two companies could not claim a joint defense privilege for certain sensitive emails they had exchanged in connection with their proposed merger. ...more

Part 2: Implications of a Partial Obamacare Repeal

In Part I of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we discussed what the healthcare landscape looked like before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), how the law emerged...more

Health Alert (Australia) December 5, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission 1 December 2016 - Ms Robin Hansen v Calvary Health Care Adelaide Limited [2016]...more

The Trump Administration: The Future of Health Care

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely set in motion a major overhaul of...more

California’s Surprise Medical Bill Statute: Part 1: Implications and National Trends

I. Executive Summary - On September 23, 2016, the California Legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, Assembly Bill 72 (“the Law”), creating a new regime for the regulation of “surprise bills.” Surprise bills...more

The Clock Is Ticking – ACA Nondiscrimination Rules Will Take Effect January 1

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published a final rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most prominently, this rule...more

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

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

Repealing and Replacing the ACA: Five Developments Likely to Occur in the Years Ahead

On the back of the 2016 United States presidential election results, the health care industry ponders how a Republican president and Congress will transform the business environment. The health care industry has a number of...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

Cost-Sharing Subsidies Ruling Adds More Uncertainty to Affordable Care Act

Holland & Knight issued an alert in May 2016 regarding litigation by the U.S. House of Representatives against the Obama Administration and the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia enjoining any...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - December 2016

Littler's WPI Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The December edition of the Insider Report discusses recent efforts to block...more

ACA Tax Reporting Alert

- In Notice 2016-70, the IRS has extended the date on which to furnish copies of the 2016 Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C to employees to MARCH 2, 2017. - The IRS has also extended the "good faith" transition relief from...more

Trial Challenging Proposed Anthem, Cigna Merger Is Underway

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia heard opening arguments in the Department of Justice’s lawsuit challenging the proposed merger between Anthem, Inc. and Cigna Corporation. This is...more

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