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Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 1

Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) are in full swing as the U.S. Senate considers whether to modify the House of Representative’s American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) or draft its own ACA repeal...more

IRS Implementation of ACA’s Employer Shared Responsibility Provision Falls Short Based on the Results of a Recent Audit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Based on a recent audit conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS’ processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the employer information reporting requirements mandated by the...more

IRS Implementation of ACA’s Employer Shared Responsibility Provision Falls Short Based on the Results of a Recent Audit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Based on a recent audit conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS’ processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the employer information reporting requirements mandated by the...more

Employer Shared Responsibility: Have Penalties Been—or Will Penalties Ever Be—Assessed?

by Perkins Coie on

Are you an Applicable Large Employer (ALE) that has received rejected Forms 1095-C from the IRS? If so, you are not alone. ...more

Full Steam Ahead: IRS Moves Forward to Collect Affordable Care Act Penalties

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As efforts to reform the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) stall in Congress, a recent government report suggests that the Internal Revenue Service is preparing to identify and collect employer shared responsibility penalties....more

HIPAA and the Cloud’s Shared Responsibility Models

by Snell & Wilmer on

Cloud-based service providers (CSPs), like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, offer online access to shared computing resources. As such, they have developed a “shared responsibility model” for how CSPs and companies...more

IRS Will Not Require Response to Qualifying Health Coverage Line on 2016 Form 1040 Filings

by Dickinson Wright on

Individuals completing their 2016 IRS Form 1040s will recognize the question asking if they, their spouses and dependents had qualifying health care coverage in 2016 (Form 1040 line 61, Form 1040A line 38, Form 1040EZ line...more

IRS to Process Tax Returns That Lack Certification of ACA-Required Coverage

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the wake of the President’s January 20, 2017 Executive Order directing a reduction in regulatory burdens imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS has quietly announced that it will continue to process income tax...more

Will Employers’ ACA Obligations Change Under the Trump Administration?

by Perkins Coie on

During his campaign, President-elect Trump promised to make the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a priority. Now that the election is over, what should employers expect? We don’t have a crystal ball,...more

Labor & Employment Law Under President-Elect Trump

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In the wake of the election results, the question on everyone’s mind now is: What impact will President-Elect Trump have on employers? Trump has thus far given few details on his thoughts on labor and employment. But with...more

2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List: Health & Welfare

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As 2016 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

Employee Classifications, Employer Shared Responsibility Tax and Medicare Collide

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Some employers have attempted to manage their risks related to the employer shared responsibility tax (a/k/a the pay or play penalty) by placing employees into classifications and indicating that particular classifications of...more

You Received a Health Insurance Marketplace Notice from HHS – Now What?

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Take a deep breath. The HHS Health Insurance Marketplace Notice (the “Notice”) may seem to be a nuisance, but it does not necessarily mean that you will be subject to employer shared responsibility penalties....more

Responding to Marketplace Notices

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Employers have begun to receive notices from the Health Insurance Marketplace Exchanges (Marketplace) notifying them that one or more of their employees is eligible for governmental subsidies under the Marketplace. Employers...more

ERISA Litigation Newsletter - July 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - This month we take a look at the plaintiffs' past successes in fee litigations, and the influx of such lawsuits seeking to impose heightened fiduciary standards for 401(k) plans. Regardless of the...more

Marketplace Subsidy Notices – What Employers Should Know

As promised by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in late-2015, the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) have started sending notices informing employers that employees have enrolled in a FFM and were...more

When Anything Less than 95% is a Failing Grade: An Update on the Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

by Snell & Wilmer on

As a reminder, effective January 1, 2016, employers must offer minimum essential coverage to 95% or more (up from 70% or more for 2015) of their full-time employees and their dependents each month or pay a very steep penalty....more

Refresher Course on Affordable Care Act Individual and Employer Penalties For Not Having Health Insurance

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Even though penalties for failure to comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirements have been in force since January 1, 2014 for employers with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees and January 1, 2015 for...more

Code § 4980H: The Tax The Beatles Missed

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The Tax Man, it turns out, also may assess you for failing to offer substantially all your full-time employees and their dependents affordable, qualifying group health coverage during 2015. We’re swamped with employer...more

'Right-Sizing' Full-Time Employees to Reduce ACA Obligations May Lead to ERISA Class Action Exposure

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in increased health benefit costs for many employers. A recent court decision demonstrates that while programs to reduce the number of full-time employees may lower...more

Staffing Firms, Educational Organizations, and Breaks-in-Service under the Affordable Care Act Employer Shared Responsibility...

In Q&A format, recently issued Notice 2015-87 addresses a number of pressing issues that have arisen under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including that law’s employer shared responsibility rules, information reporting...more

Subsidizing Student Health Insurance With Stipends – New Agency Guidance and Relief

On February 5, 2016, the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the Departments) issued guidance addressing the application of market reforms and other provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

IRS Guidance Addresses Numerous ACA Issues Related to HRAs. Just before the New Year, the IRS issued Notice 2015-87 (Notice), addressing the application of Affordable Care Act (ACA) market reform rules to different...more

Health Care and the ACA: IRS Formalizes Position on Opt-Out Payments

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On December 16, 2015, the IRS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Labor issued Notice 2015-87, which provides guidance on the application of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to...more

Coming Down Your Chimney: Market Reform Guidance, Information Reporting Penalty Relief and Cadillac Tax Delay

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

It’s the “silly season” on the Hill and a busy season for ACA regulators. This article gives you brief notes about Notice 2015-87, information reporting relief and the § 4980I delay buried in the omnibus spending bill....more

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