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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 +
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 subsidies to reduce the number of uninsured citizens. less -

Medicaid Expansion May Reduce Medical Divorce Rates

Medical divorce is a term coined some years ago to describe a divorce obtained for medical reasons. More specifically, according to an article by George Diepenbrock, researchers defined “medical divorce” as “an instance where...more

What's New In Washington - December 2017

December is often the busiest time in Washington, and this year is no different as Congress races toward the holiday finish line. There is still a multitude of problems to solve before members can head back to their...more

U.S. Senate Passes Its Version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1); Descriptions of the Bills Passed in the House and Senate and...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Senate bill”), just over two weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the same legislation...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – December 2017 #2

This week, Republican efforts to pass a tax reform package is likely to come to a head with the clock running out on 2017. The Conference Committee will meet on Wednesday in hopes of putting the finishing touches on a bill...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Lawmakers last week approved a stopgap budget bill to keep the government open until Dec. 22, creating a pre-Christmas showdown over a host of spending decisions and key healthcare priorities. Republican leaders on Capitol...more

American Indian Law and Policy: 10 Things You Need to Know - December 2017

Congress returned from the Thanksgiving holiday with an intense workload that must be completed by the end of the year. Tax reform remains a focus, and the Republican-controlled Congress is still committed to getting a final...more

IRS Updates Employer Shared Responsibility Payment Information

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Last month, the IRS provided guidance regarding the procedures it will use to propose and assess employer shared responsibility payments under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). More recently, the IRS issued sample Forms 14764,...more

Watch out for IRS letters: IRS Begins Enforcing Employer Mandate

by FordHarrison on

The IRS has recently begun enforcing the “employer shared responsibility” (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the "Act"), which require employers having 50 or more full-time employees (or full-time equivalent...more

‘Tis the Season for ACA Penalties

by Polsinelli on

After several years of uncertainty surrounding enforcement of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010’s so-called “employer mandate,” the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun assessing penalty notices for the...more

ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Letters Coming Before Year-End!

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

With only 30-days to respond, employers should be watching their mail for Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate penalty letters (IRS Letter 226J), coming before the end of 2017. Recent updates to the “Questions and...more

November 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

Plan Your Changes Before Changing Your Plans

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

There’s a comically profound scene in the second “Madagascar” movie. Penguin (management) and monkey (union) committees are negotiating a labor contract. After the monkeys seem to have secured what they want, they add a...more

“Whoaaa, Nellie!” Before Submitting Form 14765 …

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Entering a football stadium many years ago, your nimble correspondent encountered unarmed security contractors wearing uniforms featuring the company logo – a big, red bull’s-eye – on the front of the baseball cap and on the...more

Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations Brace for Impact as Senate Tax Reform Bill Passes

Update. We described in a previous blog post major changes that tax-exempt hospitals and other tax-exempt organizations in the healthcare industry face in the tax reform proposals working their way through Congress. In the...more

Federal Tax Reform: The Current State of Play & The Big Picture (Updated 12/5)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill, and likely will not do so...more

Potential Year-End Surprise in Your Mailbox – A Letter from the IRS (updated)

The Affordable Care Act or ACA (a/k/a “Obamacare”) is not dead, yet. Employers are starting to receive letters from the IRS notifying them that they owe assessable payments (“penalties”) under the employer shared...more

GOP Tax Legislation Poses Challenges to the Health Care Industry

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have both passed their tax reform bills and will now confer toward creating a unified bill that both chambers can support, and that President Trump will sign. The two bills differ...more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November 2017. Minimum Required Distributions – IRS Guidance for Handling Missing Participants - Missing...more

Senate Passes GOP Tax Cuts Package; House and Senate Bills Now Move to Conference Committee

by Baker Donelson on

After a week of frenzied debate and last minute deal making, the Senate approved a sweeping package of tax cuts by a vote of 51 to 49 with Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and all Democrats voting in opposition. It remained unclear...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Congressional Republicans face a Friday deadline to approve a stopgap budget bill to avert a government shutdown, delaying until later this month key decisions on healthcare priorities like renewing children’s insurance and...more

Watch Your Mail: IRS Begins Collection of Employer Mandate Penalties

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It’s official. The IRS has finally begun the process of collecting penalties under the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) employer shared responsibility provisions, better known as the “employer mandate.” The IRS has started...more

President Trump Once Again Attempts To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

by Fisher Phillips on

After multiple failed attempts by Congress to reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump announced several weeks ago that the federal government would stop making subsidy payments to insurers who sell coverage...more

Your Not So Kind (Or Welcome) Early Holiday Gift From The IRS: Letter 226j

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On more than one occasion since passing the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the IRS has given some type of early holiday “gift” to alleviate pending compliance concerns for employers. One of the most significant of these...more

Alert: Employers Beware: The IRS Has Begun Enforcing Employer Penalties Under the ACA

by Cooley LLP on

Businesses should be aware that the IRS has initiated enforcement of the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the "Act") – which could mean your business is about to receive (if it hasn’t...more

Brace for Impact: IRS Says ACA Employer Mandate Penalties Coming

by Fisher Phillips on

The IRS quietly revised its FAQ on employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in November, adding a bombshell statement that it plans to inform employers of their “potential liability for an...more

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