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Apr 02 2015
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

How paying COBRA for departing employees may cause more harm than good

Did you know that paying COBRA health insurance premiums for separated employees may disqualify them from enrolling in private health insurance through the Federal health insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) or a state’s health Exchange (Exchange)?

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Mar 16 2015
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform 

IRS gives small employers a break for paying individual health insurance premiums

Although the IRS has stated that reimbursing or paying the premiums for employees’ individual health insurance violates the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the agency is temporarily cutting some slack for small employers.

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Apr 03 2014
Health Care Reform

Final rules issued on ACA’s 90-day waiting period limitation

The IRS recently issued final regulations interpreting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that prohibits group health plans from having an eligibility waiting period of more than 90 days. A waiting period is defined as the period of time that must pass before an otherwise eligible individual’s coverage under the employer’s group health plan becomes effective. This means that an eligible employee’s coverage under the plan must be effective no later than the 91st day (including weekends and holidays) following the start of employment. Under these final rules, a plan may still impose substantive eligibility rules, unrelated to the passage of time—for example, a requirement that the employee must be employed in a covered job classification, complete a probationary period of employment, or obtain a required license, unless those other conditions of eligibility are designed to be an end-run around the 90-day restriction.

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Jul 03 2013
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

ALERT: IRS delays pay or play mandate until 2015

Employers rarely hear great news from the IRS, but they really came through this time.

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Jul 01 2013
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Health care reform: Guidance issued on notice requirements

The federal agencies in charge of issuing guidance on the federal Affordable Care Act’s requirements have been busy.

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Mar 12 2013
Health Care Reform

The ACA’s employer mandate: Who gets covered?

Once you’ve determined that you are a large employer that is subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility mandate, do you know who you must offer coverage to in order to avoid incurring penalties?

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Apr 12 2012
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Supreme Court hears challenge to federal health care reform law

The U.S. Supreme Court has concluded hearing arguments about the constitutionality of various parts of the federal health care reform law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Read More…
Feb 17 2012
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Health care reform: new guidance issued

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury (IRS) and Labor (DOL) have jointly issued new guidance on a variety of topics under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) . Read More…
Jan 16 2012
Health Care Reform

Think health care reform doesn’t apply to you? Beware the controlled group rules

Question: Can we avoid some of the upcoming health care reform compliance issues, such as the play or pay penalties, by carving our company up into smaller corporate entities? Read More…
Aug 19 2011
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Debate over health care reform’s individual mandate rages on

A second appeals court has weighed in on the legality of the “individual mandate” contained in the federal health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this time ruling that the mandate is unconstitutional.  The ACA’s individual mandate is the requirement that by 2014 nearly all U.S. citizens must maintain health…

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