Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal... more +
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The Affordable Care Act - Understanding The Employer Mandate: An Overview

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act”) was enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The Affordable Care Act is a 2,409 page statute regulating virtually every...more

Happy National Healthcare Decisions Day: Why An Advance Directive Is A Crucial Part Of Estate Planning

Today is a day that, until recently, I wasn't aware had any independent significance other than being April 16. However, April 16 is – and has been for the past seven years – National Healthcare Decisions Day. ...more

"ObamaCare" Open Enrollment Period Passes: What This Means For Consumers

The Affordable Care Act (the health care reform law also known as “ObamaCare”) created a nationwide open enrollment period to purchase individual and family health insurance. For fully-reformed, 2014 health insurance plans,...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - April 2014

Last Thursday Kathleen Sebelius resigned from her post as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). On Friday President Obama nominated Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director. As...more

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 37: Stalking the Elusive “Variable Hour Employee”

For “applicable large employers” (i.e., generally, those employers who employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees on business days during the preceding calendar year), determining which employees are “full-time”...more

Sebelius Resigns and Burwell Nominated for Secretary of HHS

The Administration made a major announcement at the end of last week: Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, will be stepping down. Sebelius’ legacy will certainly be tied to the...more

The Assault on the ACA Continues in the Federal Appeals Courts

Combative oral arguments were seen in two high profile federal court challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The Supreme Court of the United States heard a vigorous oral argument...more

ACA, HIPAA, COBRA and HSA Penalties: What Do They Mean?

What do all of these acronyms stand for and why do employers and human resource professionals care? These acronyms stand for statutory requirements which apply to employer-provided health plans and stiff penalties can apply...more

ACA’s Deductible Limits for Small Groups Repealed

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. The primary purpose of the law is to provide a one-year delay of a 24% reduction in payment rates for physicians who participate...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. The White House reported Tuesday that 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, meeting their original target for enrollment before...more

Congress Passes Rare Bipartisan Amendment To Obamacare

There is not a lot that Democrats and Republicans can agree on with respect to Obamacare, but on April 1, 2014 the President signed into law a Medicare bill which had a provision tucked inside that will bring some important...more

Affordable Care Act Update April 7, 2014: High Courts Vet Key Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act Government Extends Enrollment...

March 2014 has produced quite a bit of activity regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). On March 24, 2014, oral argument was held in the latest challenges to the ACA in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby...more

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Hearings and...more

Health Care Reform: Who is a Full-Time Employee?

Determining who is a full-time employee is an essential task under health care reform’s employer mandate, which generally imposes significant penalties on large employers who fail to offer their full-time employees affordable...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 38: Congress Eliminates Separate Cap on Deductibles

In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress voted to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s separate cap on deductibles that applies to individual and small group insurance products. (These limits never applied to large...more

Compliance Checkup: Does Your Company’s Retiree Medical Coverage Get a Passing Grade?

Does your company offer retiree medical coverage? This article highlights some of the common legal compliance issues we’ve noted recently when reviewing post-retirement medical coverage, and provides recommendations for...more

It’s Not Too Late: You May Still Qualify for ACA Coverage

March 31 was the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan through the federally-facilitated health care exchange. However, like many other Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) deadlines, the March deadline was a soft deadline, as...more

ACA Open Enrollment #1 in the Books

With the first annual Affordable Care Act open enrollment in the books (although the end of open enrollment is still something of a moving target – more on that later), everyone is examining, discussing, applauding and...more

"Shared Responsibility" Final Regulations and 2015 Transition Guidance

In February, the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") issued final regulations under Section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code"), which establishes the employer "shared responsibility" (or "pay-or-play") mandate...more

Monthly Benefits Update

As expected, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS (the “Agencies”) finalized the employer information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) earlier this month. The final rules, which are...more

Play-or-Pay Reprieve for Some Employers

Certain employers may be eligible for a delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act’s employer-shared responsibility mandate, also known as the play-or-pay rules, according to the final rules that were released in...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 39: Common Law Employees and Offers of Coverage on Behalf of...

Distinguishing employees who are full-time from those who are not takes up a good deal of real estate in final regulations published in the Federal Register on February 12 implementing the Act’s employer shared responsibility...more

Health Care Update

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Upcoming Hearings and Markups; Excerpt from Implementation of the...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, the President was traveling overseas. President Obama announced his backing for an overhaul of the NSA bulk phone data collection program, a plan that differs from the...more

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