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|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...
|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.
|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...
|The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 45˝: Treasury/IRS Issue Long-Awaited Final Regulations under the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Shared Responsibility Rules|
Alden J. Bianchi; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014Breaking with long standing tradition—i.e., issuing important rules on a Friday before a holiday weekend, or (failing that) any Friday (hence the reference to Week 45˝ in this post)—the Treasury Department and the IRS today issued a 227-page final regulation under the Affordable Care...
|If You're Going To Light Up, Pay Up|
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014Employees who smoke cost U.S. companies $6,000 more per year than their tobacco-free counterparts, according to a study released this summer by Micah Berman of Ohio State University. Smokers are associated with higher rates of absenteeism, lower productivity, and higher healthcare costs. Given...
|ObamaCare Case Study for Employers|
Blank Rome LLP;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 2014Several media outlets, including the New York Times editorial page, have chimed in on Target Corporation’s (the large retailer) decision to exclude part-time employees from coverage under Target’s health plan. According to the Times, Target’s plan has historically covered...
|More Post-Windsor Guidance from the IRS Relating to Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses: Cafeteria Plan Changes, Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts|
Roberta K. Chevlowe, Bali Kumar; Proskauer Rose LLP;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 2014Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's Windsor decision that repealed Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex spouses were not recognized as spouses for federal tax and benefits purposes. In the immediate aftermath of Windsor, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue...
|CMS Announces Modernized Medicare Waiver Program in Maryland|
Lauren M. Brown, Molly E. G. Ferraioli, Thora A. Johnson, Celia E. Landgren, Robert Zinkham; Venable LLP;
January 27, 2014, previously published on January 2014Can hospitals cut costs, increase the quality of care, and improve patient outcomes? The State of Maryland and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) challenge hospitals to do just that in a newly announced reform initiative that could soon serve as a model for the rest of the...