Category Archives: Affordable Care Act

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The First 100 Days – What Changes May Affect Your Organization

When I was younger, the company my father worked for sponsored a family day at an amusement park in Des Moines.  One of the features at the park was an old fashion wooden roller coaster.  Because his company rented out … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: Enrollment Counts for Transitional Reinsurance Fee Due Nov. 15, 2016

Employers with self-insured major medical plans are reminded to report their membership count to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) via the pay.gov website by November 15, 2016, as part of the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) transitional … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: DOL Proposes Changes to Annual Reporting for ERISA

The DOL recently proposed revisions to Form 5500 (Annual Return/Report for Employee Benefit Plan), the related schedules, and the rules that govern the forms. These changes would first apply for the 2019 plan year, although certain changes may be implemented … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: HHS Issues Final Rule on ACA Nondiscrimination Provisions (Section 1557)

In May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of, among other grounds, sex (including gender identity) in certain health … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: ACA Reporting Update: AIR System Will Remain Up and Running After June 30th Deadline

While the deadline to electronically file Affordable Care Act (ACA) information returns with the IRS passed on June 30, 2016, the ACA Information Returns (AIR) system used to electronically file those returns will remain up and running. On June 30th, the … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: Marketplace Subsidy Notices: What Employers Need to Know

In June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reportedly mailed out several hundred thousand notices to employers,  informing them that one or more of their employees have been certified as eligible for a premium subsidy through a … Continue reading

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Second Phase of HIPAA Audit Program Announced

On March 21, 2016 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the start of phase 2 (Phase 2) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Audit Program. According to an OCR … Continue reading

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