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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Enacts Changes to Employee Retirement and Health Benefit Plans, and Medicare

Following a brief shutdown of the federal government, on February 9, Congress passed and President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Budget Act), which provides Congress until March 23 to enact appropriation and certain other funding measures and establishes a general agreement on spending that will last into 2019. [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Further Guidance on ACA Market Reforms for Group Health Plans

Following up on the issuance of final regulations on various market reform provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS has issued a notice with Questions and Answers that take a more detailed look at specific ACA issues. In particular, this notice addresses: Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). The guidance confirms that retiree-only HRAs may [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Accountable Care Organizations: Final Rules Issued

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rules governing Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on October 20, 2011, to be published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2011. As one of the value-based purchasing models authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the ACO shared savings program encourages health care providers [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Proposed Regulations Issued for Accountable Care Organizations

On March 31, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the much-anticipated proposed regulations and guidance on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The focus of the first 12 months following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been primarily on insurance market reforms; this release represents the first [&hellip… Continue Reading »