Health Care Reform

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.

Health Care Reform – What You Should Know For 2016

This Advisory supplements our previous advisories, October 2014, October 2013, November 2012, November 2011, and October 2010, addressing the …

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 …

Health Care Update - December 2014 #4

[co-author: Hans Leida]<p>Hans Leida<p><b>In This Issue:</b><p>Let’s Get to Work: OIG Releases 2015 Work Plan, Focusing on Long-Term Care and Health Reform.<br>• Mental …

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

<i>Are Employers in the 34 States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties?</i><p>Despite the fact that there is no longer any disagreement in the lower courts, …

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 …

Government Kills Aggressive ACA Employer Planning Technique

<b>Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation</b><p><b>Action Item: The government has struck down an important Affordable Care Act planning technique: so-called</b> …

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. …

The Affordable Care Act – What You Need to Know Checklist

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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 …

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 …

Popular Reads on Healthcare Reform

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

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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”) …

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 Reform + Related Health Policy News

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Health Care Reform: 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation

April 28, 2014<p>by Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP<p>Embed<p>The Affordable Care Act prohibits a group health plan from imposing a waiting period for …

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, …

"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 …

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

<b>I. Introduction</b><p>The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act”) was enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama on …

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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 …

Obama Announces Affordable Care Act Enrollment Crosses the 8 Million Mark

April 21, 2014<p>Embed<p>Late last week, President Obama announced that more than 8 million had people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

Affordable Care Act Good for Health Care REITs

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

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 …

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 …