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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in King v. Burwell

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that individuals who enroll for coverage in a health insurance exchange may qualify for a subsidy to make that coverage more affordable, regardless of whether the exchange is established by the federal or a state government. The 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell upholds the [&hellip… Continue Reading »

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 »

Federal Courts Make Conflicting Rulings on Premium Assistance for Federal Exchange Plan Participants

Does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorize the payment of premium and copayment subsidies, or “premium assistance subsidies,” to individuals enrolled in a federally established Exchange? On July 22, 2014, two federal courts issued conflicting opinions on this subject. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in Halbig v. Burwell, concluded [&hellip… Continue Reading »

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

In its highly anticipated decision in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the “individual mandate” set forth in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional. As a result, almost every individual in the United States must either obtain health coverage—through an employer, [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Health and Welfare Benefits in 2012

Although the pace of new legislation affecting health and other welfare benefits has slowed after the first two years of the Obama Administration, plan sponsors will find no shortage of developments to monitor and implement in 2012. This alert provides a very brief review of recent developments and matters to watch in the new calendar [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Federal District Court in Florida Strikes Down Health Care Reform

In a widely reported decision, a federal district judge in Florida has declared the health care reform law enacted last year to be unconstitutional. The decision, issued January 31, 2011, holds that Congress exceeded its authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution by enacting a mandate that requires individuals to purchase a minimum [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Court Strikes Down Health Care Reform Individual Coverage Mandate

A federal district court in Virginia has ruled that a key provision of the national health care reform legislation is unconstitutional. The court’s ruling strikes down the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision, also known as the “individual coverage mandate,” scheduled to take effect in 2014. This provision requires individuals to purchase a minimum level of health [&hellip… Continue Reading »