November 06, 2017
Yesterday, the IRS reiterated that employers violating the ACA can expect penalty letters in late 2017 and also updated that portion of its website dedicated to the Employers’ ACA obligations here. The update explains the form of notices employers can expect to receive as a result of IRS penalties pursuant to the ACA.
October 17, 2017
Late Thursday evening after President Trump issued an Executive Order earlier in the day directing various administrative agencies to take suggested actions for the hope of reducing the cost of health insurance, discussed here, the Trump Administration announced it would terminate cost-sharing reduction (“CSR”) payments based upon guidance to the Administration by the Department of Justice indicating that there is no federal appropriation for the CSR payments.
October 16, 2017
In a one page opinion, the United States Supreme Court remanded one of the two “travel ban” cases pending SCOTUS review.
October 13, 2017
President Trump issued an Executive Order yesterday which purports to suggest three avenues for offering health insurance at a decreased cost to small employers and consumers for the overall goal of reducing healthcare costs on the grounds that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has limited consumer choice resulting in an increase in healthcare insurance cost. The Order charges various administrative agencies to act within 60 days.
August 30, 2017
The ruling in the AARP v. EEOC case may be detrimental to employers and their healthcare plans because the EEOC may either reduce the percentage of its allowable inducement (or penalty) below 30% of the employee cost for participation in any employer-sponsored “wellness” program to be considered voluntary or possibly return to its former position that any reward or penalty renders participation involuntary.
March 27, 2017
The Affordable Care Act’s current proposed replacement does not include an employer mandate and abolishing the employer mandate is a good thing proposed in the American Health Care Act and the Patient Freedom Act before it.
January 31, 2017
President Trump issued the Executive Order on January 20, 2017, one of his very first actions upon taking the oath of office.
July 05, 2016
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, a case challenging the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).