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|The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 38: Congress Eliminates Separate Cap on Deductibles|
Alden J. Bianchi; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
April 10, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014+In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress voted to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s separate cap on deductibles that applies to individual and small group insurance products. (These limits never applied to large fully-insured groups or to self-funded plans.) While this change affects...
|Is Your Employer-Sponsored Medical Reimbursement Plan Compliant?|
Lauren B. Dunn, Mindi M. Johnson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
March 31, 2014, previously published on March 14, 2014The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) provides that a group health plan must not impose any annual limit on essential health benefits (the “Essential Health Benefits Rule”). A group health plan must also provide certain preventive care services without...
|The Affordable Care Act: Considerations for Employers with Unionized Workers|
Patricia A. Dunn, F. Curt Kirschner, Catherine E. Livingston; Jones Day;
March 25, 2014, previously published on March 2014As of April 1, 2014, the UK will have a new competition law enforcer. To date, the UK has been unusual among European Union (EU) Member States in having two distinct competition authorities, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Competition Commission (CC). They will now be replaced by a...
|It’s Official - Employers Have 90 Days to Provide New Hires With Health Insurance|
Archana R. Acharya; Foley & Lardner LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014In December 2012, we reminded you that proposed regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) - colloquially known as “Obamacare” - sought to impose strict requirements on employers and issue penalties for noncompliance. Those regulations just lost their...
|IRS Grants Partial, Temporary Relief from the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate|
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014Under the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate, employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees are required to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to at least 95% of their full-time employees (and their dependents), or pay penalties to the IRS.
|Tax Reform Proposal Has Significant Impact on Employee Benefit Plans|
Peter C. Langdon, Juliana Reno, John E. Schembari, Diane Stewart-Ferro, Michelle M. Ueding; Kutak Rock LLP;
March 5, 2014, previously published on February 28, 2014On Wednesday the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) released a draft tax reform plan called — the Tax Reform Act of 2014.
|Health Care Reform Update: Government Releases 90-Day Waiting Restriction Final Rules and a Proposal|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 5, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014The Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services have issued final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition on requiring eligible workers to wait more than 90 calendar days (including weekends and holidays) for their...
|Recent Healthcare Reform Regulations Provide Delay of Key Employer Penalties|
Scott A. Behrens, Uche A. Enemchukwu, Alan H. Kandel; Husch Blackwell LLP;
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014On February 10, 2014, the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) along with Q&A guidance. The ACA gives employers with at least 50 full-time equivalent employees an...
|2014: The Affordable Care Act Is Alive and Well - Are You Ready?|
Frank J. Fanshawe, Sandy M. McDermott; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
February 19, 2014, previously published on February 13, 2014 The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently announced yet another delay in the Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While this latest suspension in the enforcement of the ESR provisions may lead some employers and insurers to believe that...
|Implementation of the Affordable Care Act's Play or Pay Rules Eased for Mid-Sized Employers|
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014Yesterday, the Department of the Treasury released the final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provisions, commonly known as the “Play or Pay” rules. The final regulations contain transition guidance that postpones the application of...