Health Care Reform Dashboard

Health Care Reform Dashboard

Charting developments on the
Affordable Care Act

Employer Mandate/Shared Responsibility (Pay or Play)

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08/25/2014

Government Agencies Release Further Accommodations to Organizations Opposing Mandated Contraceptive Coverage

In response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor (DOL) published proposed rules on August 22, 2014, expanding the availability of the religious accommodation to the contraceptive mandate provided in their July 2013 final regulations to closely held [&hellip… Continue Reading »
07/11/2014

Employer Mandate Addresses Small Employers and Staffing Organizations

The final regulations on the ACA’s shared responsibility rules for employers (the “employer mandate”) established basic rules for compliance, including: Rules for determining whether the employer mandate applies A look-back measurement methodology that most employers subject to the rules will use for determining who is a full-time employee Safe harbor alternatives for determining whether coverage [&hellip… Continue Reading »
02/12/2014

ACA Employer Mandate Final Regulations Released; Enforcement Delays Provided for Mid-Sized Employers

Very large employers will be required to offer health care coverage to their full-time employees or pay a penalty to the federal government beginning January 1, 2015. Under the final regulations released by the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury Department) on February 10, 2014, however, employers with fewer than 100 full-time employees will have an extra [&hellip… Continue Reading »
01/07/2013

IRS Releases Further Guidance on Employer Health Care Coverage Mandate and Penalties

The Internal Revenue Service has released proposed regulations and FAQs on the shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These rules require large employers to offer full-time employees and their dependents the opportunity to enroll in meaningful, affordable coverage under an employer-sponsored plan or pay a penalty. The rules are often referred to [&hellip… Continue Reading »
09/06/2012

Federal Agencies Issue Guidance on When Employees Must Be Allowed To Enroll in Health Coverage under Affordable Care Act Provisions

The IRS and other federal agencies have issued new guidance on when employers must allow employees to enroll for group health coverage to avoid paying penalties under the shared responsibility (also known as employer “pay or play”) provisions and comply with the waiting period requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new rules follow [&hellip… Continue Reading »
05/05/2011

Federal Agencies Request Comments in Advance of Health Care Reform Regulations

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has asked for public comments about potential approaches to implementing the shared responsibility (also known as employer “pay or play”) provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as well as general comments about the 90-day waiting period requirement and the relationship among the waiting periods, automatic [&hellip… Continue Reading »
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