U.S. Departments Release Guidance on ACA Implementation, Mental Health Parity

By Benjamin J. Conley, JD In late October, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a series of informal frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing various unanswered questions under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) preventive service mandate, the Mental Health Parity, and […]

It’s Back! New Law Revives the Health Coverage Tax Credit

Presumably put to final rest due to the Affordable Care Act, a program has been revived that establishes a health coverage tax credit for certain individuals — including COBRA qualified beneficiaries — who lose their jobs because of trade-related reasons. The new HCTC program, which will be effective through Dec. 31, 2019, includes provisions on […]

IRS Further Explains Large-employer ACA Reporting

Large employers learned more details in new IRS guidance about how to both report about their coverage and fill out and file IRS forms designed to determine whether they are meeting the Affordable Care Act’s coverage requirements for employers. Under the new guidance, if a large employer’s workforce is comprised entirely of part-time employees who were […]

What is COBRA?

What is COBRA? COBRA stands for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, which was implemented as an amendment to ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974). In most circumstances, COBRA entitles workers and other covered individuals to the option of continuing to receive their employer-sponsored group health insurance coverage for a limited time […]