Final Rules Implement ACA Employer Reporting Requirements
The Treasury Department issued final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act's employer information reporting provisions. The regulations seek to streamline employers' reporting requirements, but critics say these remain unduly burdensome.
HHS Extends Transitional Insurance Period for Two Years
Health and Human Services extended for two years a transitional policy that provides insurers the option, if allowed by their states, to renew their policies for current enrollees without adopting all of the 2014 market rule changes.
Final Rule Limits Health Care Enrollment Wait to 90 Days
A final rule clarifies how to apply the 90-day maximum limit that employees can impose before health coverage becomes effective; a related proposed rule adds an additional month for a bona fide employment-based orientation period.
Final Rule Allows Installments for Transitional Reinsurance Fee
A final rule addressing transitional reinsurance fees payable for benefit years 2014 through 2016 allows employers to pay this fee in two annual installments.
How Does the ACA Impact Expatriate Employees?
Global employers must implement required administrative and health plan changes necessary to comply with the Affordable Care Act.
Hearing Scrutinizes Self-Insured Plans
Federal agencies are considering regulatory moves that would restrict employers from shifting to self insurance to avoid certain ACA costs and requirements.
Despite Penalty, 'Skinny' Plans Remain an Option
Non-minimum-value or "skinny" health plans that satisfy the ACA's coverage requirement (but not the affordability requirement) are still a viable alternative for some low-wage, high-turnover companies.
For Midsize Firms, Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2016
The Obama administration announced it was again relaxing the ACA's employer mandate. For employers with the equivalent of 50 to 99 full-time employees, the employer mandate will not take effect until 2016. For employers with 100 or more full-time equivalent workers, offering coverage to 70 percent of their full-time employees will be counted as fulfilling the employer mandate in 2015.
What's 'Affordable' Coverage Under the ACA?
Employers Need to Start ACA Measurement Periods
40-Hour Bill Passes House Committee, But Likely to Stall
The party-line vote suggests the measure may have difficulty passing the Democrat-controlled Senate, even if it passes the Republican-led House.