Category Archives: Health Care Reforms

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

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a 142-page healthcare “Discussion Draft” of legislation, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), which is the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “repeal-and-replace” … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: Senate Republicans Release Healthcare Bill; Largely Mirroring House Bill but with Some Key Differences

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a 142-page healthcare “Discussion Draft” of legislation, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), which is the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “repeal-and-replace” legislation American Health … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2017

Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2017 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, the PCORI was established as … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: House Republicans Withdraw the AHCA Before a Planned Vote But Efforts to Repeal Continue

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 … Continue reading

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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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Plan Compliance – The Basics of Having a DOL Compliant Plan

Are you prepared in the event of a DOL ERISA audit?  What does it even mean to have a compliant Health & Welfare plan? Let’s face it, as prepared as you may think you are, chances are, you would not … Continue reading

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Final 2017 Out-of-Pocket Maximums and Marketplace Guidance

On March 8, 2016, HHS published the final version of its 2017 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters. The Notice is issued each year as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For the most part, the guidance is focused on the … Continue reading

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