A federal appeals court upheld a district court’s decision that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—remanded the case to the lower court to determine how much of the broader ACA should be invalidated as a result (Texas v. United States, […]
The Trump administration has decided not to defend the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, or certain provisions it considers to be inseparable from the mandate, from an ongoing constitutional challenge. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the court hearing the case to declare these provisions invalid as of January 1, 2019.
In its recent efforts to enforce the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been disregarding key safeguards in the law designed to protect employers from unwarranted penalties, a coalition of business organizations warned in a recent letter to federal officials.
Buried in the January 22 passage of legislation to re-open the federal government was a welcome bit of news for employers: The effective date of the wildly unpopular “Cadillac Tax” has been pushed back yet again. It is now set to take effect in 2022 rather than 2020 (the original implementation date was January 1, […]
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.