The U.S. House of Representatives filed its threatened lawsuit on Friday, November 21, in the D.C. federal district court. Defendants are the HHS Secretary, HHS, the Treasury Secretary and the Treasury Department.
In what many consider to be an unusual move, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a high-stakes case about the legality of premium subsidies for low- and moderate-income individuals enrolling in health coverage offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The snow falling outside my window right now is a stark reminder that the end of 2014 is right around the corner.
Last week, a unanimous three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit upheld the religious accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) contraceptive coverage mandate (Priests for Life v. HHS, D.C. Cir. No. 13-5368, Nov. 14, 2014). The court held that the accommodation set out by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is a simple solution that does not impose a burden for purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”).
As we bear down on the first date of compliance with the ACA, much has been written about the benefit of shifting coverage to a self-funded plan because self-funded plans are not subject to many of the requirements of the ACA.
The mid-term election brings an historic changing of the guard in the health care leadership in Congress. Republicans will take control of the Senate in January and gain key chairmanships.
The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance: Labor and Treasury Departments Play Whack-a-Mole with Employer Payment Plans
Last year, the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department/IRS (Departments) issued guidance on the application of certain of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market reforms to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), certain health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) and certain other employer health care arrangements.
Monday Morning Regulatory Review: Obamacare Subsidies Docket; Obamacare 2nd Contraceptives Accommodation & SCOTUS Criminal / Administrative Deference Invitation
Last week focused on appellate practice, notably cases related to but not necessarily before, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).
DC Circuit Stays Halbig Action Pending SCOTUS Review of King, Upholds Accommodation for Contraceptive Coverage
Only last week, we informed you of the Supreme Court’s somewhat surprising grant of cert. in the Fourth Circuit case of King v. Burwell, in which the court of appeals had upheld the government’s view that the Affordable Care Act makes federal premium tax credits available to taxpayers in all states, even where the federal government, not the state, has set up an exchange.