HR had a tumultuous year when it came to compliance and regulations. Under a new administration, regulations were rolled back—but not necessarily the ones we expected. Deadlines were changed, employers were confused, and health care gave everyone a headache.
With open enrollment well underway for most organizations and the end of calendar year fast approaching, it’s time for HR departments to focus on Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting for plan year 2017. Though HR teams have a few years of experience navigating the ACA reporting requirements under their belts, confusion and stress levels continue […]
In contrast to the turmoil in the individual health plan market, employer health plan sponsors extended their run of low annual cost increases in 2017, according to a new survey of 2,481 public and private employers with at least 10 employees.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued detailed guidance on the qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA) program established by Congress last December.
On October 12, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Eric Hargan and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma released a statement announcing that cost-sharing reductions (CSR) payments were to be immediately discontinued based on a legal opinion from the attorney general. In part, the statement noted that “we believe that […]
On October 12, U.S. Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Eric Hargan and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma released a statement announcing that cost-sharing reductions (CSR) payments were to be immediately discontinued, based on a legal opinion from the Attorney General.
After several failed legislative attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump is now taking matters into his own hands.
A new Mercer survey has found that only 35% of employers favor a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while 51% actually oppose it (and 14% have no opinion). Instead, the survey found that employers prefer smaller changes to the law.
As yet another attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA) heats up in Washington, employers wondering how a new law might affect their benefit plans are advised to stay tuned. And with lawmakers facing a short timetable, at least some answers should be coming soon.
The apparent demise of a full-scale Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal may be followed by more incremental efforts to tweak ACA requirements. For now, however, the lack of dramatic changes means that some employers may need to refocus on the reporting and other requirements of the law.