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By JD Supra Business Advisor | Covering implementation of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, from deadlines to business requirements to policy issues and beyond. Updated daily.

Your New Year’s Resolutions Should Include Affordable Care Act Compliance

Since its enactment more than four years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made several significant changes to health care. Provisions …

New Year's Resolutions

Health Care Update - December 2014 #4

Let’s Get to Work: OIG Releases 2015 Work Plan, Focusing on Long-Term Care and Health Reform - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services …

Health Care

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Major Challenge to Federal Health Reform

Are Employers in the 34 States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties? - Despite the fact that there is no longer any disagreement in the lower …

Supreme Court

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 7: IRS Puts the Kibosh on Health Plans that Fail to Cover Hospital or Physician Services

In a previous post, we described an Affordable Care Act compliance strategy—referred to commercially as a “minimum value plan” or “MVP”—that involves …

Employers

Government Kills Aggressive ACA Employer Planning Technique

Action Item: The government has struck down an important Affordable Care Act planning technique: so-called “middle” or “minimum value” plans. …

Employers

IRS Allows Cafeteria Plan Election Changes to Coordinate With ACA Exchanges

New IRS guidance adds two more events that allow participants to change their cafeteria plan elections outside of the annual open enrollment period. …

Health Insurance

The Affordable Care Act – What You Need to Know Checklist

In This Presentation: - Review Employer Information - Fees - Mandates - Additional Points - Communications - Excerpt from Review Employer …

Checklists

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 31: ERISA Section 510 and Limiting Employee Hours

In last week’s post, we examined the appropriateness of capping the annual hours of new “variable hour employees” as a way to limit exposure under …

Employment

The Devil is in the Details: Advising Your Clients on the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a fundamental shift in healthcare delivery and insurance. The law is complex and many of its provisions are …

Payroll

Popular Reads on Healthcare Reform

For your convenience, here’s a quick recap of some of the most popular articles covering Healthcare Reform on JD Supra this month. A diversity of …

Health Care

A Hidden Trap in Obamacare

Beginning this year, there is a “gotcha” which middle income individuals who might be able to qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s (“Obamacare”) …

Income

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that in May Jonathan Blum would be leaving his post as Deputy Administrator …

Health Care

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News

Enrollment in Health Plans under ACA Exceeds Projected Number of 7 Million - The White House announced on April 1 that 7.1 million Americans had …

Health Policy

Health Care Reform: 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation

The Affordable Care Act prohibits a group health plan from imposing a waiting period for eligibility that exceeds 90 days. The final regulations …

Health Care Reform

Can HRAs Survive Healthcare Reform?

Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are used to help employees pay for medical expenses incurred by the employee, his or her spouse, dependents, …

Health Care

"ObamaCare" Open Enrollment Period Passes: What This Means For Consumers

The Affordable Care Act (the health care reform law also known as “ObamaCare”) created a nationwide open enrollment period to purchase individual and …

Insurance

The Affordable Care Act - Understanding The Employer Mandate: An Overview

I. Introduction

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act”) was enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama on …

Employers

Omnibus Health Care Bill (aka House Health Care Train)

The House Health & Human Services Committee passed House Bill 7113 by Representative Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) after adopting a strike all amendment …

Health Care

Health Care Reform: Employer Reporting Requirements

Health care reform imposed new employer reporting requirements regarding health coverage provided to individuals, including: (i) reporting of minimum …

Health Care Reform

Obama Announces Affordable Care Act Enrollment Crosses the 8 Million Mark

Late last week, President Obama announced that more than 8 million had people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. According …

Health Insurance

New Data Shows Higher Healthcare Costs in Second Half of 2013 – Is this A Result of the Affordable Care Act?

Will insurance expansion and industry consolidation result in higher healthcare costs, at least in the short term, and further stress the economy and …

Health Care

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - April 21, 2014

On April 14, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) reported their findings that show a smaller rise in …

Health Care

Religious Freedom, Contraceptive Services, and The ACA: The Dilemma of the Self-Certification Provision

On February 21, 2014, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-to-1 decision, denied a preliminary injunction enjoining the federal government …

Freedom of Religion

Can FSAs Survive Healthcare Reform?

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health FSAs have for years enabled employers to offer employees the opportunity to spend non-taxable …

Health Care

Employers Must Decide Whether to Pay or Play By 2015 (or is it 2016?)

Because of the transition assistance provided as part of the final rule, large employers subject to the rule in 2015 (those with 100 or more …

Employers

Affordable Care Act Good for Health Care REITs

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“I think it is a game changer,” Peters said, calling it a “huge macroeconomic driver.”
Peters points out that Obamacare emphasizes …

Health Care

Health Care Reform Update: Employers Must Begin Reporting Details of Health Coverage to IRS

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) imposes significant new reporting requirements on employers providing self-insured group …

Internal Revenue Service

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - March 2014

On Sunday, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turned four. Unsurprisingly, Democrats celebrated the law’s birthday by touting its many successes and …

Insurance

Are You Susceptible To The Employer Mandate? Diagnose Yourself

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Employers