Tag Archives: Health plans

High Court Sees Problems in King Petitioners’ Arguments

Petitioners in King v. Burwell could run up against the same logic that brought down Medicaid expansion under health care reform: it could be unconstitutional for the federal government to use draconian coercion to force states to set up exchanges. Justice Anthony…

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IRS Rules Further Define Payment of ACA Insurer Fees

New IRS regulations define the way health insurers will pay fees under Section 9010 of the Affordable Care Act. In the rules, the IRS applies Notice 2014-47 and provides further guidance on how covered entities will pay the fees for 2015 and subsequent…

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Employers must cover physician and hospital services to avoid ACA fines

On Feb. 23, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services put on public display final rules that require employer health plans to cover physician and hospital services in order to meet health care reform’s minimum value requirement. The rules also set the…

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IRS Offers Temporary Safe Harbor for Some Premium Reimbursement Arrangements

Small employers and certain other plan sponsors can continue to reimburse individual premiums until July 1, without the threat of extreme penalties for offering coverage that does not comply with Affordable Care Act insurance mandates, under new guidance from the…

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Changes to Forms 5500 Ring in the New, Keep Some of the Old

Preparing employer benefit plans’ annual filings to federal agencies can be detailed and time-consuming. A review of recent changes to the 2014 Form 5500 series indicates this process could become even more laborious for some plans, as the government seeks…

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High Court Opinion Vacates 6th Cir. Ruling on Retiree Health

On Jan. 26, U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to employers struggling to get retiree health care costs under control. A unanimous ruling in M&G Polymers USA v. Tackett, No. 13-1010 (Sup.Ct., Jan. 26, 2015), vacated the 6th U.S. Circuit…

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Implant Charges Seen as Ripe for Health Plan Cost Control

Implants — spinal fusion; as well as hip, knee and shoulder replacements — have emerged as major price problems today. Costs are up and so is utilization, which explains the cost surge health plans are undergoing for these procedures, according…

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Employees Not Helped by Slow Health Premium Growth

Employers have been shifting more premium costs to workers and increasing their deductibles. That, in addition to the fact that price growth in the health sector outpaces growth for the rest of the economy,  has resulted in a disproportionate increase…

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Rules Attempt to Streamline ACA Benefits Summary

Proposed changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage rules under health care reform include additions and subtractions to the SBC template, as well as clarifications on how plan sponsors and insurers may apportion the responsibility to furnish the SBC…

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ACA Transitional Relief: What Employers Ought to Know

Leading employee benefits attorneys recently discussed rules on calculating workforces and identifying to whom the employer must make an offer of coverage. Vanessa Scott, a partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Washington, D.C., and Malcolm Slee, of Counsel at the Groom…

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