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Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2016

The national uninsurance rate hits a record low; Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce outlines three Medicaid expansion proposals; and California legislation targets surprise medical bills. FEDERAL AND STATE MARKETPLACE...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2016 #5

A federal report finds that Marketplace premiums are lower in expansion states; Massachusetts and Pennsylvania launch prescription drug monitoring systems; and Kentucky submits a slightly modified Medicaid expansion waiver to...more

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

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

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2016 #2

The President voices support for a public option; Vermont selects a Medicaid ACO; and Alabama ends enhanced primary care reimbursements....more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - June 2016 #4

House Republicans Reveal Plan for Alternative to ACA – On June 22, 2016, House Republicans released a health plan in the form of a 37-page white paper outlining a series of proposals that would replace a repealed Affordable...more

How to Respond to a Notice From the Health Insurance Marketplace That Your Employee Has Qualified for an Advance Premium Tax...

Starting in 2016, the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace (the “Marketplace”) will send notices to applicable large employers whose employees received advance premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, if those...more

Upcoming Affordable Care Act Notices And Deadlines

Many Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements and deadlines are new and difficult to navigate. Below you will find information about Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) Notices, which some employers may receive soon....more

Federal Court Strikes Down ACA Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

In Depth - A federal district court judge in Washington, DC ruled on May 12, 2016, that Congress did not appropriate funds for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. See United States...more

House Republicans Win Challenge to ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidies

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. ruled in favor of House Republicans, concluding that the government wrongly spent billions reimbursing insurance companies for providing discounted health coverage...more

Court Sides with House of Representatives in ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidy Challenge

In a suit brought by the U.S. House of Representatives challenging the administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal district court for the District of Columbia ruled in a major decision that the...more

House of Representatives v. Burwell: Another Blow to Obamacare

Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer’s May 12, 2016 ruling in House of Representatives v. Burwell, found that the Obama administration (the “Administration”) has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program. House of...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - January 2016 #3

Louisiana's Governor pushes ahead on Medicaid expansion, while expansion is blocked by Wyoming's Legislature; Massachusetts plans to submit a 1332 waiver application to preserve its merged markets; and CBO lowers its 2016...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review - January 2016

On January 5, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received for review a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) entitled Covered Outpatient Drugs (CMS-2345-F). The rule had previously...more

The PATH Act Brings Federal Income Tax Changes - The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Enacted in December 2015

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, also known as the PATH Act, was enacted by Congress at the end of 2015. Below are the highlights from that legislation. TAX EXTENDERS - Tax extenders are...more

Employee Benefits Developments - December 2015

ALERT: IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines. With only a few days remaining in 2015, the IRS provided some welcome relief for employers subject to certain Affordable Care Act reporting requirements. Under IRS Notice 2016-4,...more

Happy Holidays from the IRS: Deadlines Extended for Affordable Care Act Reporting Forms

This week, the IRS extended the due dates for providing ACA reporting forms to employees and filing the forms with the IRS. The extension applies to the forms for 2015, which are due in 2016....more

ACA Update: Two-Year Cadillac Tax Delay, More Changes Pass in Congress

In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, Congress recently passed major spending and tax bills, that, among other things, amended the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) so-called Cadillac Tax by delaying its implementation for...more

Updated Tax Credit Eligiblity Clarification

Last week the IRS released the final regulation addressing the effect of various items on an individual’s eligibility for premium tax credits. Generally, premium tax credits are not normally available to individuals who are...more

Congress Suspends Medical Device Tax for 2 Years

The New York Times reports that Congress has passed a $1.8 trillion package of spending and tax cuts which includes a two-year-long suspension of the medical device tax and a permanent extension of the research and...more

Congress Poised to Deliver Permanent Extenders Package

It looks like Congress will be delivering an early Christmas present. in the form of permanent extenders package. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH Act”) is expected to be approved by Congress this...more

Wednesday Benefits Developments – Cadillac Tax, Fiduciary Rule, ACA Reporting & More

Interest rates going up? Easy call. But what about those benefits developments from Wednesday? There’s plenty to digest over the last few weeks in December. Here’s a sampling of what we found interesting....more

Beware of Traps for the Unwary in Preparing ACA Information Returns (Part 1)

Beginning in 2015, certain applicable large employers may be assessed a payment as part of the “employer shared responsibility” provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Payment is assessable if the employer either (1)...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2015 #4

HHS announces average premium price increases of 7.5% across HealthCare.gov; Michigan and Illinois launch the country’s first joint cloud-based, real-time Medicaid information management system; and the Marketplace carrier...more

2016 Cost of Living Increases are Rare

On October 21, 2015, in Information Release 2015-118, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments to various dollar limitations under the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") for pension plans and other related items for the...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Medicaid at 50—The Program’s Evolution and Future

Editor’s note: Born as an afterthought to Medicare five decades ago, Medicaid has evolved from an adjunct to state welfare programs into the nation’s largest health insurer. Medicaid’s 50th birthday is a fitting time to...more

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