The ACA, a New Congress, and President Trump – Oh My….

By Tim Callender, Esq. On Friday January 20th, President Donald Trump signed his first executive order, directing agencies to give more leeway to the states in the way that states implement (“carry out”) the Affordable Care Act.  It appears that this executive order is primarily a pre
Continue Reading →

Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say

By Robert Pear WASHINGTON — The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people — even young and healthy ones — to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty for those who remain uninsured. Read more…
Continue Reading →

Secretary Burwell: HHS attempting to increase marketplace participation

Written by Morgan Haefner HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Thursday the department is making operational changes and meeting with insurers to stimulate competition in Affordable Care Act marketplaces, especially those facing limited health plan options next year, Kaiser Health News r
Continue Reading →

A more Affordable Care Act: Proposed IRS rule would improve access to pediatric dental care

By Erin Robinson Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed a new rule to change the way tax credits are calculated for families who purchase coverage for their children from the new health insurance marketplaces. Under the proposed rule, the IRS would consider the cost of
Continue Reading →

Text of IRS Notice 2016-4: Extension of the Due Dates for 2015 Information Reporting Under Sections 6055 and 6056 (PDF)

BenefitsLink Bulletin “This notice extends the due dates for the 2015 information reporting requirements (both furnishing to individuals and filing with the Internal Revenue Service) for insurers, self-insuring employers, and certain other providers of minimum essential coverage
Continue Reading →

IRS moves against double-dipping on tax perks for health insurance

By Joe Carlson The Internal Revenue Service is threatening massive fines against companies that offer employees tax-advantaged money to help them buy federally subsidized health plans on the Obamacare insurance exchanges. Read more…
Continue Reading →

Employer mandate delayed again

By Alex Wayne Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — Employers with fewer than 100 workers won’t have to provide health insurance until 2016 under Obamacare, as the administration said it would again delay a key requirement of the health law. Read more…
Continue Reading →

Obamacare rules on equal coverage delayed: NY Times

Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is delaying enforcement of a provision of the new healthcare law that prohibits employers from providing better health benefits to top executives than to other employees, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Read more&#
Continue Reading →

IRS: More post-DOMA guidance on cafeteria plans, FSAs, HSAs

By Ann Fievet In Notice 2014-1, the Internal Revenue Service has provided additional guidance for cafeteria plans (including health and dependent care flexible spending accounts) and health savings accounts on compliance with the changes to treatment of same-sex married couples follow
Continue Reading →

New IRS Guidance – Health FSAs May Allow Carryover up to $500

Gallagher Benefit Services Healthcare Reform Update November 2013 On October 31, 2013 the IRS released Notice 2013-71 which modifies the use-or-lose rule for health FSAs offered under a cafeteria plan. Pursuant to this guidance, beginning in 2013, employers are permitted, but are not
Continue Reading →