“Isn’t this an ACA blog?” Yes, it is.
Does filling out a form burden religious beliefs?
Today, the ACA enforcement agencies (DOL, HHS, IRS) jointly published final rules, effective January 1, 2017, on grandfathered plan status, pre-existing condition exclusions, lifetime and annual limits, rescissions, dependent coverage, appeals and patient protections.
We were all expecting it, but it looks like things are about to get official. The only question that stands now is, how much does your 2016 candidate want to walk back the Affordable Care Act?
The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the Federal Department of Labor plans to publish on November 18, 2015, new claims procedures for adjudicating disability benefits designed to enhance existing procedures for those benefits under Section 503 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
OK, so you sponsor an insured group health plan and employ at least 50 full-time employees including full-time equivalents, or “FTEs” (that’s ACA jargon for 30 hours of work each week performed by more than one employee so that, for example, two employees working 15 hours per week equals one “FTE”).
As we previously reported, in June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely-held corporations with religious owners could “opt out” from the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA” or “Act”) requirement that they pay for insurance coverage of certain birth control when the particular contraception conflicts with the owners’ religious beliefs.
The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 17 of 24): Reporting for Offers of Coverage and Auto-enrollment
The recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 repealed Section 1511 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which generally would have required employers with more than 200 full-time employees to automatically enroll new full-time employees in one of the employer’s health benefits plans (subject to any waiting period authorized by law).
Michael Kinsley once said “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.” And one gaffe that has often been repeated is Speaker Pelosi’s statement from 2010, saying about the Affordable Care Act, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”