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“Who” May Object to the Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, and why?

New rules issued by the Trump administration, including both interim final and temporary regulations effective October 6, 2017, significantly expand “who” may object to the Patient Protection and Affordable Coverage Act’s (PPACA) contraceptive coverage mandate and why those entities or […]

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Congress Engages in Some Holiday Spending on Benefits

Congress’s recent $1.8 trillion holiday shopping spree (aka The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which became law on December 18, 2015) included a few employee benefit packages. We recently unwrapped the packages. Here is what we found. 1.   Cadillac Tax […]

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Post-Holiday Gift – ACA Reporting Deadlines Relaxed for 2016

We have been shouting the ACA reporting compliance deadlines from the rooftops for months now.  Well, I guess it is a case of the “boy who cried wolf”.  At the eleventh hour, the IRS has caved to a slew of […]

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Five Years into Health Care Reform – A Quick Look at What’s Still on the Horizon

Time flies when you’re having fun… or something like that?! Next month will mark the fifth year anniversary of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act). This […]

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Being Proactive v. Reactive – ACA’s Prohibition on Discrimination in Group Health Insurance

Back in 2010, the ACA enacted a new rule prohibiting insured group health plans from “discriminating” (on the basis of eligibility or provision of benefits) in favor of highly compensated individuals (called “HCIs”). This rule generally became effective January 1, […]

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Reimbursing Employees for Individual Health Insurance Policies Subjects Employers to Hefty Excise Taxes

What, you may ask? That’s right. It no longer works to reimburse employees for the purchase of an individual health insurance policy. I know, many of you have always done this. Well, not any longer under guidance issued under the […]

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Self-Insured Plans – One More Reminder – Get those SSNs!

Annual open enrollment is always a complicated time for benefits teams…. Questions abound: Is the coverage offered legally compliant? What is the latest and greatest notice that must be included in the annual open enrollment package? Have the rules changed […]

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Notre Dame Contraceptive Challenge is “Fast-Tracked” in the Seventh Circuit

The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic higher education institution, challenged ACA’s provision that, as the University describes, requires coverage of certain “abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization procedures, which are contrary to Catholic teaching” in May of 2012.  The University’s […]

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Ongoing Challenges to PPACA under the Origination Clause

As you’re probably well aware, last year the Supreme Court held that Congress has the power to use its “taxation” authority under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution to impose the individual coverage mandate under the Patient Protection and […]

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