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The Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate: A Loss in Massachusetts and Other Current Events

The contraceptive mandate, one of the more controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act, continues to make news as various stakeholders duke it out in and out of court. This blog post describes the history of the...more

IRS Lowers 2018 Family Contribution Limit for Health Savings Accounts

The IRS previously announced that the 2018 contribution limit for health savings accounts (HSAs) corresponding to family coverage under a high-deductible health plan would be $6,900. However, now three months into 2018, the...more

IRS Guidance Requires Immediate Changes to Employer Group Health Plans with Health Savings Accounts

by Benesch on

On March 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance that lowers the 2018 Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limit for family coverage. Last year the IRS set the 2018 HSA contribution limit at $3,450...more

Effective Immediately: Change in HSA Contribution Limits for Family Coverage

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Employers who sponsor a High Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA) should take immediate action and notify employees that the annual maximum family contribution limit to an HSA has changed....more

Working Wise: Recent Developments at the NLRB

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode, we review recent transitions at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Trump, discuss four significant Board decisions issued in late 2017, and highlight what we should expect from the NLRB...more

Action Needed by Certain ERISA Plans – New Disability Claims Procedures Apply Beginning April 2018

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In January 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that final regulations affecting how some ERISA plans process claims and appeals will apply beginning April 1, 2018. As explained below, the final regulations...more

Prepare for New Claims Procedures for Disability Benefit Plans

After several rounds of additional review and a three-month delay in the effective date, the final regulations originally issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) in December 2016, which established new requirements...more

Deep Dive: Association Health Plans - Part 1

by Bryan Cave on

On October 12, 2017, President Trump signed a “Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States” (the “Executive Order”) to “facilitate the purchase of insurance across State...more

Summary Plan Descriptions Required for All ERISA Retirement, Health and Welfare Plans

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Administrators of all employee benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) should ensure their plans' compliance with ERISA's Summary Plan Description (SPD) requirement. •...more

ACA’s “Cadillac Tax” Implementation Delayed Until 2022

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The effective date for the Affordable Care Act’s 40% excise tax on high cost employer sponsored health plan coverage, commonly referred to as the “Cadillac Tax,” has once again been delayed. Originally scheduled to become...more

Will Your Company’s Wellness Programs Be Compliant In 2019?

Most companies are genuinely concerned about their employees’ health and well-being. In an effort to incentivize employees to share in that concern, many companies have instituted wellness programs. Significantly, due to a...more

Association Health Plans and the Sale of Group Health Insurance “Across State Lines”

In advance of issuing the Executive Order that culminated in the promulgation by the Department of Labor of proposed regulations expanding the availability of Association Health Plans, President Trump announced that one of...more

Congress Kicks the Can Down the Road Again – Cadillac Tax On High Cost Employer Health Coverage Delayed to 2022

by Snell & Wilmer on

Section 4980I, which was added to the Internal Revenue Code by the Affordable Care Act, was originally supposed to take effect in 2018. This tax is commonly called the “Cadillac tax” because it imposes a 40% excise tax on...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Enacts Changes to Employee Retirement and Health Benefit Plans, and Medicare

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following a brief shutdown of the federal government, on February 9, Congress passed and President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Budget Act), which provides Congress until March 23 to...more

Will Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway And JP Morgan Change Healthcare For Employers?

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

What happens when you combine Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase? Apparently, a new non-profit health care company. That was the news last month when the three companies announced that they are forming their own...more

Association Health Plans: Self-Funded vs. Fully-Insured

Recently proposed Department of Labor (Department) regulations governing Association Health Plans (AHPs) would, if made final, permit small employers to be regulated under more favorable, large group rules. The proposed...more

A Primer On Telemedicine And The Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

Most people probably do not enjoy sitting in a doctor’s reception area with other coughing and sneezing people while waiting for an appointment, or devoting hours to getting a prescription refilled. The concept of...more

Wellness Program Uncertainty Continues

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The US District Court for the District of Columbia recently ruled to vacate the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) wellness program regulations effective January 1, 2019. In August 2017, the same court ruled that...more

Pump the brakes: Funding bill delays Cadillac Tax and certain health-related taxes

The stopgap government funding bill passed by Congress on January 22 included a two-year delay of the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage, commonly referred to as the “Cadillac...more

Government Shutdown Pushes Back Cadillac Tax

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 22, 2018, Congress passed an interim funding bill to end the three-day government shutdown that also pushed back the effective date of the Affordable Care Act’s controversial “Cadillac Tax.”...more

DOL Proposes More Permissive Association Health Plan Rule

Small businesses and self-employed individuals may soon have more options for obtaining affordable group health coverage. As directed by Executive Order 13813, on January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released...more

The Department of Labor’s Proposed Association Health Plan Regulation: Who Wins, Who Loses?

In last week’s post we explained the changes made by a newly proposed Department of Labor regulation, the purpose of which is make it easier for small employers to band together to form “association health plans” (“AHPs”). In...more

A New Year, A New Wellness Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Year’s resolutions typically address health and well-being. Many among us have resolved this year to get off the couch, to sweat a bit more often to the “oldies,” to meditate and be mindful, and to eat...more

A Game Plan for Employers Facing Possible ACA Penalties

by Carlton Fields on

All employers are at risk of receiving a notice from the IRS that they are liable for a penalty under the Affordable Care Act for failing to offer enough employees insurance coverage, or for failing to offer particular...more

Association Health Plans: New Proposed Rule to Help Convert Small Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals into a Status Similar...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The Trump Administration has published a proposed rule allowing a significant change to the definition of "employer" under ERISA that would enable small businesses and self-employed individuals to band together to create...more

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