Recent News and Publications

ACA Pathways: Cadillac Tax Delayed and Certain Other ACA Taxes Suspended

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: IRS Delays Deadline For Furnishing Form 1095-C To Employees

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: DOL Delays New Requirements For Disability Benefit Claims

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: IRS Issues Pay or Play Enforcement Guidance

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: President Trump Signs Executive Order Designed To Revamp ACA Rules

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: 2017 Employer Reporting Finalized

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: Contraceptive Coverage Requirement Scaled Back, HIPAA Certification Rules Withdrawn

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: Play or Pay Mandates, Employer Reporting, and Health Insurance Fee

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: Efforts To Replace and Repeal ACA Fall Short In U.S. Senate

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: Attention Self-insured Plan Sponsors: PCORI Fee Payment Deadline Is Fast Approaching

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: 2018 Play or Pay Affordability Percentage Released

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. Read more

ACA Pathways: ACA Replacement Bill Passed by U.S. House of Representatives; Advances to the Senate

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). Read more

ACA Pathways: Market Stabilization Final Rule Issued

April 19, 2017 - On April 14, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a market stabilization final rule under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final rule includes new reforms intended to help lower premiums, stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets and increase choices for the 2018 plan year. Read more

ACA Pathways: Obamacare Remains Law of the Land (For Now)

March 27, 2017 - On Friday March 24, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the plug on the American Health Care Act, the Republican-sponsored legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), after conceding he did not have enough votes to ensure the bill's passage before the whole House of Representatives. Read more

ACA Pathways: ACA Repeal Starts Now... What You Need To Know

March 09, 2017 - Earlier this week, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. These bills, which were issued by the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee, are collectively known as the American Health Care Act." Read more

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