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ERISA Newsletter - First Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

After a brief hiatus, Proskauer's ERISA Newsletter is back with a brand new look. We hope you like it and find it is easier to navigate. In addition to implementing our new format, we have moved to a quarterly publication...more

21st Century Cures Act overrules IRS guidance on HRAs, enhances enforcement of Mental Health Parity Act

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The 21st Century Cures Act (CCA), which passed with strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and the Senate in early December, was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016... Originally...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of February 2017. March 31, 2020 Deadline for Amending 403(b) Plans - When the Internal Revenue Service...more

Notice Requirement for Small Employer HRAs Delayed Pending Regulations

On February 27, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2017-20 delaying the notice requirement for qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (“QSEHRAs”). By way of background, prior to enactment of...more

Curing What Ails You – Relief for Small Employer HRAs

by Snell & Wilmer on

The impact of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) on health reimbursement arrangements (“HRAs”) has not been favorable. Many employers got rid of their HRAs or integrated them with a major medical plan in order to avoid...more

Small Employers Can Ring In The New Year With A Brand New Health Reimbursement Arrangement Benefit

by Laner Muchin, Ltd. on

On December 13, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act) was signed into law. It allows small employers to offer stand-alone qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) to employees who have...more

EEOC v. Flambeau, Judicial Restraint, and the (Uncertain) Future of Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

On January 25, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued it much-anticipated decision in EEOC v. Flambeau, Inc. This case involved the regulation of employer-sponsored wellness plans and programs. Since 2006, the rules...more

Employment and Benefits Advisory: 2017 Reminders and Developments

by Sullivan & Worcester on

New Relief for Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements - As mentioned in prior advisories, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury have taken the position that employers cannot reimburse...more

Is There a Doctor in the House?

by Gerald Nowotny on

Healthcare Options Following the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act and the Eventual Repeal of Obamacare - Overview - The presidential inauguration has come and gone. The House and Senate are already clearing the...more

Health Care Reform in Transition While Congress Deliberates

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Changes are imminent for the Affordable Care Act and a range of other laws and regulations affecting the health care industry. Ballard Spahr attorneys established a Health Care Reform Initiative in 2008 to monitor and analyze...more

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

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

by Cozen O'Connor on

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

New Law Enables Small Employers to Resume Health Reimbursement Arrangements

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

One of the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act had been the elimination of health reimbursement arrangements as a tool for small employers to avoid the complexities of maintaining a group health plan and the...more

Cures Act Lets Small Employers Reiumburse Premiums

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, which allows small employers to maintain health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for the purpose of reimbursing employees for the cost of...more

Small Employers Have New Health Reimbursement Option Under Cures Act

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 13, 2016, contains a smorgasbord of health-related provisions, from reforming federal mental health policies to increasing funding for medical...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

21st Century Cures Act: Small Employer Changes under the Affordable Care Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President Obama has signed the 21st Century Cures Act, Pub. L. No. 114-225 (Dec. 13, 2016). As we previously mentioned, the new legislation permits small employers (those that are not considered applicable large employers...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

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

Congress Passed the 21st Century Cures Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Congress has passed, and President Obama is expected to sign the 21st Century Cures Act, H.R. 34. Among other things, the new legislation will permit small employers (those that are not considered applicable large employers...more

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

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

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

21st Century Cures: Congress Enacts Medicare Advantage and Small Business Insurance Market Reforms

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The 21st Century Cures Act encourages biomedical research investment and facilitates innovation review and approval processes, but also serves as a vehicle for a wide variety of other health-related measures, including...more

District Court Decision Upholds Employer’s Wellness Program But Signals Support for EEOC Positions Going Forward

In EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., the Eastern District of Wisconsin rejected the EEOC’s claims that Orion Energy’s wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Although the court upheld the...more

Half a Loaf: Court Rejects ADA "Safe Harbor" But Approves Pre-Regulations Wellness Program as "Voluntary"

by Littler on

The EEOC’s attack on employee wellness programs as unlawful under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that began in 2014 with three lawsuits, and continued with...more

ACA Reporting – Multiple Coverage and Requesting SSNs

Newly proposed IRS regulations seek to clarify certain aspects of reporting of minimum essential coverage by employers and issuers under Code Section 6055. Here, we focus on proposals that impact employer reporting (Part III...more

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