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Eleventh Circuit Decides Health Care Reform Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional

The individual mandate provision of the 2010 health care reform law is unconstitutional, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit decided in Florida v. HHS on August 12th. The Sixth Circuit previously held in Thomas More Law Center v. Obama that the individual mandate is constitutional. Therefore, the Eleventh Circuit decision creates a circuit split, … Continue Reading

New Rules Require Health Plans to Cover Women’s Contraception

Group health plans that are not grandfathered under the 2010 health care reform law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010) must provide women’s contraception without cost-sharing beginning with the first plan year that starts on or after August 1, 2012. The three agencies … Continue Reading

Write the Rules on Employer Health Care Reform Penalties

Write the Rules on Employer Health Care Reform Penalties Employers now have an opportunity to influence how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s “employer responsibility” “assessable payment” will apply in 2014.    Section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code, added by the PPACA, imposes a penalty on employers with more than 50 full-time employees … Continue Reading

Employers Find Relief in Repeal of Certain Health Reform (PPACA) Provisions

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to engage in expedited review of the decision of a Virginia District Court that held unconstitutional the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). The Supreme Court’s April 25 decision suggests there will be a long road to resolution of the constitutional attack on the … Continue Reading

Score Tied 2-2 as the Healthcare Challenge Heads to the Legal Superbowl – The Supreme Court

Federal District Court Judge, Roger Vinson, for the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division struck down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), the Federal health reform law dubbed by its critics as “Obamacare,” on Constitutional grounds yesterday. Judge Vinson agreed with the Attorneys General of 26 states that the mandates of the law … Continue Reading

IRS Delays Enforcement of Health Care Reform Nondiscrimination Provisions for Insured Group Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has given a last-minute holiday gift to sponsors of insured group health plans.  It announced delayed enforcement for the new nondiscrimination provisions applicable to insured group health plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; together … Continue Reading

HHS Updates Guidance on Obtaining Waivers from PPACA Annual Limits

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to impose restrictions on the imposition of annual limits on the dollar value of essential health benefits in a new or existing group health plan for plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010 and prior to January 1, 2014. Interim final regulations published on June 28, 2010, established these restricted annual limits, along with the possibility for a waiver from these restricted annual limits as granted by HHS if complying with the interim final regulations would result in a significant decrease in access to benefits or a significant increase in premiums.… Continue Reading

FAQs on Coverage for Adult Children Under Health Reform

As group health plans brace for open enrollment periods under the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, one of the key issues they face is the Act’s new coverage requirements for adult children. Previously, a child became ineligible for family coverage under a group health plan for federal tax purposes once the … Continue Reading

IRS Delays Mandatory W2 Reporting on Cost of Health Coverage for Employees

Employers across the country have been preparing to meet the new W-2 reporting requirement under the Affordable Care Act, that generally requires employers to report on Form W-2 for tax years beginning with 2011 the cost of health coverage provided to the employee. In Notice 2010-69, the IRS  has provided employers with another year to comply. … Continue Reading
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