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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 11: Rethinking ACA Compliance Strategies Involving Reference...

Under the Affordable Care Act’s rules governing employer shared responsibility—which are codified in Internal Revenue Code § 4980H—where an applicable large employer makes an offer of group health plan coverage that is both...more

The Waiting is the Hardest Part: Final Regulations on the PPACA’s 90-Day Waiting Period Released

On February 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly released...more

Monthly Benefits Update - February 2014

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: IRS Issues Final ACA “Pay or Play” Regulations - The IRS issued final regulations regarding the employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care...more

HHS Publishes Final Rule on Exchanges, SHOPs, and Eligibility Appeals

Final regulations required for October 1, 2013 open enrollment are largely unchanged from the proposed rule. On August 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human...more

Health Care Reform Update -- September 9th, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - August 19, 2013

With less than 50 days until open enrollment begins, tensions in Washington and around the country are high among health care stakeholders. ...more

Government Agencies Release Additional Guidance on Minimum Essential Coverage, Minimum Value and Summary of Benefits and Coverage

As discussed in our March 20, 2013 Legal Alert – Health Care Reform’s Large Employer Play or Pay Penalties: A Checklist for Employers, large employers will be subject to a penalty tax if they either: (1) fail to offer...more

Cafeteria Plans, the Affordable Care Act, and Continued Compliance with the Massachusetts Free-Rider Surcharge Requirement—New...

Established as a part of the comprehensive 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law, the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector (a/k/a the “Connector”) served as a model for the American Health Benefit Exchanges that are a...more

Healthcare Law -- Jul 15, 2013

How Does the DOMA Defeat Impact Healthcare Reform and Health Insurance Access? - NOTE: The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will affect more than 1,000 federal statutes—and...more

Health Care Reform Update -- July 8, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - July 3, 2013

The Obama administration announced yesterday it was delaying the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Employer Mandate, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide affordable health insurance to its employees...more

Update: Employer Responsibilities Under The Affordable Care Act

ON JULY 2 THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED A ONE YEAR DELAY OF REQUIREMENTS FOR LARGE EMPLOYERS (50 OR MORE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES) TO REPORT THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THEY OFFER THEIR EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS PENALTIES FOR...more

Proposed And Final Rules Released Regarding The ACA's Individual Mandate

In This Issue: - Minimum Essential Coverage ..HHS Proposed Rule - Shared Responsibility Payments and Exemptions ..HHS Proposed Rule ..IRS Proposed Rule ..IRS Final Rule - Essential Health Benefits ...more

HHS Finalizes Essential Health Benefits and Related Health Plan 2014 Requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued final regulations and a set of frequently asked questions and answers establishing standards for the provision of essential health benefits in the individual and...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Employer-Shared Responsibility under ACA

On December 28, 2012, the IRS issued proposed regulations with respect to employer-shared responsibility regarding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Employers are permitted to rely on these proposed...more

The Affordable Care Act’s “Play Or Pay” Mandate: How It Works

The Affordable Care Act added the so-called “Play or Pay” mandate or “Employer Shared Responsibility” provisions to the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Starting in 2014, certain employers may be subject to a penalty tax,...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update - February 6, 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..CMS Announces Round 2 Competitive Bidding Single Payment Amounts ..CBO Lowers SGR Repeal Cost by $100 Billion ..Republicans Press HRSA on 340B Audits ..HHS Proposes...more

New Guidance Addresses Individual Shared Responsibility Payments and Premium Tax Credits

The IRS and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued two important pieces of guidance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act regarding the responsibilities imposed on individuals to...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 4, 2013

Several agency actions on the Affordable Care Act out of HHS and Treasury last week include proposed regulations detailing exemptions from the shared responsibility tax, such as an exemption for those who would qualify for...more

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations on the Affordable Care Act's Play or Pay Mandate

On January 2, 2013, the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (collectively “IRS") published proposed regulations ("Proposed Regulations") on the Affordable Care Act's employer shared responsibility provisions,...more

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