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Legal Alert: Senate Republicans Release Updated Discussion Draft of ACA Repeal Bill

An updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 was released on July 13th by the U.S. Senate Committee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a healthcare “Discussion Draft” of legislation, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) on Thursday, June 22, 2017, which is the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “repeal-and-replace” legislation American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last month.  An updated “Discussion Draft” of the BCRA was released on June 26, 2017 with the intention of calling for a vote on the bill before the Fourth of July recess. […]

By |July 17th, 2017|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Adviser, Health Care Reform|Comments Off on Legal Alert: Senate Republicans Release Updated Discussion Draft of ACA Repeal Bill

Legal Alert: House Republicans Pass American Health Care Act; Bill Heads to Senate for Further Consideration

On Thursday, May 4, by a vote of 217 to 213 (with 20 Republicans voting against the bill), the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals and replaces significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This bill comes several weeks after U.S. House of Representatives’ Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the AHCA […]

By |May 9th, 2017|Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Adviser, Employee Communications, Health Care Reform|Comments Off on Legal Alert: House Republicans Pass American Health Care Act; Bill Heads to Senate for Further Consideration

Legal Alert: HHS Issues Final Rule on Market Stabilization

On April 13, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final market stabilization rule, the first regulatory act of the Trump administration. The final version is largely unchanged from the proposed rule released on February 10, 2017. Unless otherwise specified, the rule is effective 60 days after publication and will apply to plan years beginning on […]

By |April 21st, 2017|Compliance, Health Care Reform, Human Resources|Comments Off on Legal Alert: HHS Issues Final Rule on Market Stabilization

Legal Alert: House Republicans Withdraw the AHCA

On Friday, March 24, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Speaker Paul Ryan pulled from the floor the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), once it was clear that the bill was short on votes to pass. Effectively, this means the AHCA will not survive to become law and, at this time, any future efforts to repeal and replace the ACA are uncertain. This may mean, as Speaker Ryan said shortly after the announcement that the bill was […]

By |March 30th, 2017|Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform, Human Resources, Long-Term Care, Medical|Comments Off on Legal Alert: House Republicans Withdraw the AHCA

Legal Alert: House Committees Release Proposed Legislation to Repeal and Replace the ACA

On Monday, March 6, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees released the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process, which requires a simple majority vote of Congress […]

By |March 9th, 2017|Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform, Human Resources, Legislation|Comments Off on Legal Alert: House Committees Release Proposed Legislation to Repeal and Replace the ACA

Legal Alert: White House Extends Transition Relief for Non-Compliant Plans through 2018

On February 23, 2017, the White House announced a one-year extension to the transition policy (originally announced November 14, 2013 and extended several times since) for individual and small group health plans that allows issuers to continue policies that do not meet ACA standards. […]

By |February 24th, 2017|Compliance, Employee Benefits Adviser, Health Care Reform|Comments Off on Legal Alert: White House Extends Transition Relief for Non-Compliant Plans through 2018

Legal Alert: IRS to Continue Accepting Tax Returns without Indication of Health Insurance

The IRS has announced that it will continue to process tax filings of individuals whose returns do not indicate whether they have maintained health insurance as required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The announcement is in direct response to the President’s January executive […]

By |February 21st, 2017|Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Adviser, Legislation, Medical|Comments Off on Legal Alert: IRS to Continue Accepting Tax Returns without Indication of Health Insurance

Legal Alert: President Trump Issues Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act

President Trump moved swiftly after taking office on Friday, issuing an Executive Order intended to minimize the economic and regulatory burdens of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  The order is somewhat symbolic and has no immediate effect on employers, many of whom are in the process of complying with the ACA’s onerous reporting requirements (Forms 1094 and 1095), which are […]

By |January 24th, 2017|Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform, Medical|Comments Off on Legal Alert: President Trump Issues Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act

Legal Alert: Congress Passes Law Expanding use of HRAs by Small Employers

On December 7, 2016, the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”), an omnibus measure that includes the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (“Relief Act”), which significantly expands small employers’ options for providing health coverage. The Cures Act passed both houses of Congress by a wide margin and the President has indicated that he will sign it into law. Once signed, the law will be effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. The Relief Act is Title XVIII of the Cures Act and starts on page 824.

The HRA Relief Act allows small employers—defined as those who are not applicable large employers (“A.L.E.s”)—to establish a qualified health reimbursement arrangement (“HRA”) that reimburses eligible employees and their family members for medical expenses, including individual health insurance premiums, up to a specified annual limit. In general, an employer is an A.L.E. if it employed at least 50 full-time equivalent employees on average in the prior calendar year. […]

By |December 9th, 2016|Compliance, Legislation|Comments Off on Legal Alert: Congress Passes Law Expanding use of HRAs by Small Employers

Legal Alert: Judge Blocks Overtime Rule Set to Take Effect December

The case, State of Nevada v. DOL, was presided over by Judge Amos Mazzant, an Obama appointee to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  The lawsuit was filed by the Attorneys General for Texas and Nevada and was joined by 19 other states.  The states alleged that the DOL’s overtime rule is illegal because […]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Compliance|Comments Off on Legal Alert: Judge Blocks Overtime Rule Set to Take Effect December