September 05, 2018 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established medical loss ratio (MLR) rules to help control health care coverage costs and ensure that enrollees receive value for their premium dollars.
July 26, 2018 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released draft 2018 forms for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. The draft 2018 forms are substantially similar to the final 2017 versions.
June 26, 2018 – On June 19, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule intended to lower the costs of health insurance for small businesses and self-employed individuals by providing options for small employers and self-employed businesses to join together as a single group to purchase health insurance in the large group market or to self-insure.
June 20, 2018 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains several temporary annual fees and payments that apply to group health plans and insurers. One such fee, the annual Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee is due by July 31, 2018.
May 31, 2018 – The IRS recently announced that the affordability percentage for plan years beginning in 2019 has increased to 9.86 percent from 9.56 percent in 2018.
April 23, 2018 – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019. This final rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that apply for the 2019 benefit year.
January 24, 2018 – On January 22, 2018, the President signed a short-term spending bill into law to reopen and fund the federal government through February 8, 2018. Attached to the spending bill were delays or suspensions on three taxes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)- the Cadillac Tax, the Health Insurance Provider Fee, and the tax on medical devices.
December 29, 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2018-06, along with Informational Release 2017-209, extending the due date for insurers, self-insured employers, other providers of minimum essential coverage and employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees (Applicable Large Employer, or ALE) to provide Form 1095-B ("Health Coverage") and/or Form 1095-C ("Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage") to applicable individuals, from January 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018.
December 05, 2017 – The Department of Labor (DOL) has delayed the effective date of a final rule until April 1, 2018 to strengthen the claims and appeals requirements for disability benefit plans that are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The rule, released by the DOL on December 16, 2016, had initially been scheduled to apply to claims filed on or after January 1, 2018.
November 10, 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently updated its Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the employer shared responsibility rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to include information on enforcement.
October 13, 2017 – On Oct. 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to change certain rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order would relax regulations on association health plans, which could allow individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance policies across state lines and avoid certain ACA requirements.
October 11, 2017 – On September 28, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final 2017 forms for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. Final instructions for 2017 were released in early October.
October 09, 2017 – On October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration issued new rules that will allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections.
August 16, 2017 – One consequence of this year's several attempts to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is that it has generated much confusion as to whether the ACA individual and employer mandates and related reporting requirements continue to apply.
July 31, 2017 – Early on the morning of July 28th, members of the U.S. Senate voted 49-51 to reject a "skinny" version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called the Health Care Freedom Act.
June 27, 2017 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains several temporary annual fees and payments that apply to group health plans and insurers. One such fee, the annual Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee is due by July 31, 2017.
May 12, 2017 – The IRS recently announced that the affordability percentage for 2018 plan years has decreased to 9.56% from 9.69% for 2017 plan years.
May 05, 2017 – On Thursday, May 4th, after seven years of debate, and weeks of scrambling to secure the votes needed for passage, the U.S. House of Representatives finally passed its latest version of the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), the signature legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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