21st Century Cures Act

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The Cures Act has numerous components, but employers should be aware of the impact the Act will have on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, as well as provisions that will impact how small employers can use health reimbursement […]

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IRS Reporting: Now What?

Applicable large employers and self-funded employers of all sizes have now completed the first round of required IRS reporting under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA requires individuals to have health insurance, while applicable large employers (ALEs) are required to offer health benefits to their full-time employees. In order for the […]

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IRS Final Rule on Minimum Value

In December 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a final rule that clarifies various topics relating to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and premium tax credit eligibility provisions. The rule finalizes regulations that were proposed years earlier. Child Income The final rule clarified language relating to the calculation of a taxpayer’s […]

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Compliance Recap // September 2015

Compliance Recap September 2015 After a slow summer, federal agencies picked up the pace in September, with a large assortment of guidance, proposed rules, and updated forms and instructions. Nondiscrimination regulations were proposed, a temporary safe harbor was announced for summary and benefits of coverage, and the 2015 6055/6056 reporting forms and instructions were finalized, […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidy Eligibility on Federal Exchanges

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in King v. Burwell, holding that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may issue regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through Exchanges established by the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The six-to-three opinion was authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, who was […]

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Compliance Recap // March 2015

Coming off a busy February, regulatory agencies were noticeably quiet during the month of March. This allowed the Supreme Court to take the spotlight with oral arguments in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) related case, King v. Burwell. A clarifying FAQ was issued regarding cost-sharing limits for individuals, which was originally announced […]

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