Affordable Care Act

Posted March 10th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

On March 2, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced that it would once again hear a case on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and whether the law is constitutional.

Posted February 25th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires two types of reporting:

Posted February 18th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes several taxes to fund various parts of the healthcare law, such as Medicaid expansion and Health Insurance Marketplace subsidies. Since the ACA became law, there have been debates in Congress about many of the taxes. Some have argued for repeal, some have argued for change and others have argued for extensions of various tax components of the law. 

Posted October 15th, 2019 in Producers, Individuals
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced plans to pilot healthcontingent wellness programs in the individual market, a practice that has been previously prohibited. However, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) included a provision calling for health-contingent wellness programs to be tested in the individual market, and that time has now come.   
 
Posted August 27th, 2019 in Individuals, Producers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this month that plans sold on the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) will receive quality ratings using a five-star system (with  5 stars representing the highest quality plan).

Posted August 13th, 2019 in Employers, Producers

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) submitted an inquiry to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) earlier this year asking two very specific questions. She wanted to know if penalties related to the Employer Mandate could be reduced or waived if it would cause a hardship on an employer. She also wanted to know if the IRS would extend the transition relief that was previously available to employers with 50-99 employees. Previous transition relief exempted most employers of this size from the Employer Mandate during its first year of implementation in 2015.

Posted August 6th, 2019 in Employers, Producers

The Internal Revenue Service recently released Revenue Procedure 2019-29 which included details on the affordability percentage related to the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as the Employer Mandate. In 2020, an applicable large employer (ALE) will be considered to offer affordable coverage to its full-time employees if the cost of coverage is 9.78% or less of the employee’s household income.

Posted June 11th, 2019 in Employers, Producers

The Employer Mandate requires applicable large employers (ALEs), which are defined as employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees in the preceding year to offer health insurance to full-time employees. Generally, at least 95% of full-time employees must be offered health insurance. 

Posted May 16th, 2019 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Last December, a federal judge in Texas District Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was unconstitutional. The decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by 20 Republican state attorneys general. These attorneys general argued that the ACA was unconstitutional because there is no longer a penalty associated with the Individual Mandate, and the judge agreed.

Posted May 7th, 2019 in Producers, Employers

Last year, the Trump administration issued new regulations relating to Association Health Plans (AHPs). The primary intent of the regulations was to allow small employers to more easily band together to purchase health insurance coverage. The regulations not only allowed for AHPs to be established by employers in the same industry, but the regulations also allowed AHPs to be established by employers in a similar geographic location (e.g. city, state, metropolitan area).

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