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PCORI Fee Due By July 31, 2017
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee was established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to advance comparative clinical effectiveness research.
United States
11 Jul 2017
Senate Republicans Unveil ACA Repeal Bill
Last week, Senate Republicans unveiled draft legislation to move toward repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
United States
6 Jul 2017
The Future of Discretionary Clauses in California Life and Disability Insurance Agreements
On May 11, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling, and upheld a California law that invalidates a plan provision that assigns the final determination on benefit payout determinations to an insurer.
United States
23 May 2017
Executive Order Regarding Contraceptive Mandate Directed Toward Religious Employers
Late last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to look into exempting religious employers from the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive mandate.
United States
17 May 2017
What Are The New 2018 Health Savings Account Limits?
In Revenue Procedure 2017-37, 2017-21 IRB, the IRS issued the annual inflation-adjusted contribution, deductible and out-of-pocket expense limits for 2018 for HSAs. For clear comparison...
United States
16 May 2017
House Narrowly Passes American Health Care Act
On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the US House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act by the slimmest of margins with no Democrats voting in favor of the bill.
United States
15 May 2017
IRS Implementation Of ACA's Employer Shared Responsibility Provision Falls Short Based On The Results Of A Recent Audit
Based on a recent audit conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS' processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the employer information...
United States
10 May 2017
View From Mcdermott: Employee Benefit Plan Considerations For Health Systems In 2017
Health system employers, including hospitals and other not-for-profit employers within the healthcare industry, face unique challenges with respect to employee benefits and compensation compared to for-profit employers.
United States
10 Apr 2017
Manager Amendments To The American Health Care Act
On Monday March 20, 2017, technical and policy amendments to the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) were introduced to address concerns by more conservative Republicans.
United States
3 Apr 2017
American Health Care Act: Considerations For Employers
On Monday March 6, 2017, the House Republican leadership in the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees unveiled their signature bill to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
United States
20 Mar 2017
DOL Finalizes New Disability Claim Rules For Welfare And Retirement Benefit Plans
The US Department of Labor's Employee Benefit Security Administration recently released final rules on claims adjudication of disability claims under welfare and retirement plans.
United States
6 Feb 2017
Northern District Of Texas Blocks Enforcement Of The Non-Discrimination Regulations Of The ACA
On December 31, 2016, the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an opinion and order in Franciscan Alliance, Inc. et al v. Burwell, which preliminarily enjoins the US Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing...
United States
31 Jan 2017
Supreme Court Declines To Hear Appeal To A Michigan Tax On Health Insurance Plans
The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear the Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc.'s ERISA preemption challenge to a Michigan tax on health insurance plans.
United States
23 Jan 2017
21st Century Cures Act: Small Employer Changes Under The Affordable Care Act
President Obama has signed the 21st Century Cures Act, Pub. L. No. 114-225 (Dec. 13, 2016). As we previously mentioned, the new legislation permits small employers...
United States
28 Dec 2016
Congress Passed The 21st Century Cures Act
Congress has passed, and President Obama is expected to sign the 21st Century Cures Act, H.R. 34. Among other things, the new legislation will permit small employers to maintain general-purpose stand-alone...
United States
20 Dec 2016
Extension For Good-Faith Reporting And 2016 Forms 1095-C And 1094-C
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created information reporting requirements for certain large employers and issuers of health insurance coverage under Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code.
United States
25 Nov 2016
Trump's Obamacare: What Employers Can Expect
On many occasions during the campaign, Trump made no secret of his desire to repeal the ACA on "day one," but offered little insight into his views on health care policy.
United States
24 Nov 2016
IRS Adjusted ACA Fee Amounts For The 2017 Policy Or Plan Years
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee was established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to advance comparative clinical effectiveness research.
United States
24 Nov 2016
Affordable Care Act Whistleblower Complaint Procedures
Employees who believe they have been retaliated against in violation of Title I of the ACA may file a complaint with OSHA.
United States
21 Oct 2016
Score On Wellness LawsuitsóWellness Plans 3, EEOC 0?
On September 19, 2017, in the ongoing lawsuit the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought against Orion Energy Systems Inc. (Orion) regarding its wellness program, a Wisconsin federal judge found that Orion's wellness program was voluntary.
United States
29 Sep 2016
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