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Beginning in 2017, the Republican majority in Congress and the Trump administration have made repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a top priority. But until the law and its implementing regulations are changed, employers subject to the act must comply with its many requirements.

Affordable Care Act Updates:

In Focus: Republicans Weigh Affordable Care Act Replacement
President-elect Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders are taking the initial steps to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and are expected to coalesce their support behind a consensus measure over the coming weeks.

SHRM: Reconciliation Must Strengthen Employer-Based Health Care
As the Republican-majority in Congress takes the first step toward repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the Society for Human Resource Management is urging Congress to maintain the success of the employer-based health care system.

SHRM Supports New Push to Repeal 'Cadillac Tax'
While Republicans in Congress have launched efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a separate effort, with bipartisan support, seeks to revoke one of the law's most controversial provisions—the 40 percent excise tax on high-value employer health plans.

Republicans Introduced Range of Bills to Repeal ACA
The Affordable Care Act may be on the chopping block, but the path and timing are yet to be determined. During the first week of the new Congress, Republicans introduced a variety of bills and proposals relating to the dismantling of the ACA.

Experts Predict ACA Repeal-and-Replace Prospects
President-elect Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders have made clear their intentions to repeal the Affordable Care Act. How that will play out has been the topic of speculation by experts in the field. Some of them recently shared their expectations. 

Health Plans Shift Toward Paying Doctors for Value Provided
As employers grapple with how to lower the cost of health care without lowering quality, they are looking to pay doctors and hospitals based on health outcomes, moving away from the fee for service model. Some would like to see alternative payment models included in proposed Affordable Care Act replacements.

New Law Lets Small Employers Use Stand-Alone HRAs
Enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act lets small businesses use health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to fund employees who buy individual plans on the open market. 

How Tom Price Could Transform Employer Health Coverage
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., president-elect Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of Health and Human Services, supports allowing a defined-contribution health care approach and capping the tax exclusion available to employer-provided health plans.

Farewell Mandates? ACA Likely to Change Substantially Under Trump Administration
The employer mandate to provide coverage—and all the tracking and reporting requirements that go with it—could go away, even without a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The Cadillac tax on high-value plans is also on the block. A look at the prospects for major reform of health care reform. Think about the implications for your company if the employer mandate is eliminated.

IRS Delays Employers' Deadline to Distribute ACA Reporting Form 1095 to Employees
The IRS is giving employers an additional 30 days to distribute the Affordable Care Act's tax year 2016 information-reporting forms to employees, extending the deadline from Jan. 31, 2017, to March 2. But the due dates for filing Forms 1094 and 1095 with the IRS remain unchanged: Feb. 28 for paper/mail submissions or March 31 for electronic filing.

SHRM Questions and Answers

Read More: Health Care Reform Compliance Q&As

For additional information on implementing the Affordable Care Act, SHRM members can contact the SHRM Knowledge Center.

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