IRS ISSUES OPT-OUT PAYMENT PROPOSED RULES

On July 8, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) premium tax credit and individual mandate. The regulations also impact employers through the employer shared responsibility rules. The proposed regulations focus primarily on the effect of opt-out payments on the affordability of employer-sponsored coverage: Opt-out payments made … Continue reading IRS ISSUES OPT-OUT PAYMENT PROPOSED RULES

Supreme Court Hears Contraceptive Coverage Case

On March 23, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a group of cases in which religious nonprofits are challenging a government-designed workaround to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that employers cover birth control for their employees. As a result of the oral arguments, the Supreme Court ordered the parties … Continue reading Supreme Court Hears Contraceptive Coverage Case

Clinton-Sanders Contest Fuels Democratic Support for Expanding Obamacare — The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

In this column for The Wall Street Journal's Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses how the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders about how to get to universal coverage has generated more support among Democrats for expanding the Affordable Care Act (and less support for the law as is). via Clinton-Sanders Contest Fuels Democratic Support for … Continue reading Clinton-Sanders Contest Fuels Democratic Support for Expanding Obamacare — The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HHS Launches HIPAA Audit Program

OVERVIEW The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it has launched the second phase of its HIPAA audit program, which focuses on compliance with HIPAA’s Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. This second phase of the HIPAA audit program covers both covered entities and business associates. HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) … Continue reading HHS Launches HIPAA Audit Program

IRS Clarifies ACA Rules for Employer- provided Coverage

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) recently released Notice 2015-87, which clarified a number of ACA rules for employer-provided coverage, including employer shared  responsibility penalties and ACA market reforms. Significantly, the notice addressed how pertain plan features, such as flex credits and opt-out incentives, affect whether an applicable large employer’s coverage is affordable. In the notice, … Continue reading IRS Clarifies ACA Rules for Employer- provided Coverage

FEDERAL COURTS WILL HEAR 2 NEW ACA CASES

OVERVIEW Two lawsuits challenging certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be heard in federal court. Marin v. Dave & Buster’s is a class action lawsuit alleging that the restaurant chain reduced their employees’ work hours in order to avoid providing health benefits, as required under the ACA. Texas v. Burwell is a … Continue reading FEDERAL COURTS WILL HEAR 2 NEW ACA CASES

5 Important HR Issues to Monitor for 2016

Employers have new challenges to contend with in 2016, resulting from Supreme Court decisions, federal and state legislation, and actions by federal regulatory agencies. There is a real cost for employers who fail to comply with new laws. For example, the most recent Performance Accountability Report for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), states that … Continue reading 5 Important HR Issues to Monitor for 2016