April BenefitBuzz: ACA Litigation & Rule Changes

On March 25, 2016 By Tevis

ACA Litigation May Affect Employers A New York district court will hear the first case on whether employers may reduce their employees’ work hours in order to avoid providing health benefits required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case … Continue reading


March BenefitsBuzz: FMLA Questions & IRS Clarifications.

On February 26, 2016 By Tevis

Recent Court Rulings Raise Questions about FMLA The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) clearly states that when an employer knows that a worker taking leave qualifies for FMLA, it must designate the worker’s absence as FMLA leave. Despite this … Continue reading


The IRS Gives Plan Sponsors Some ACA Reporting Breathing Room

On December 29, 2015 By Tevis

In a last minute act of apparent kindness, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2016-4 today, which extends the deadlines for Forms 1094 and 1095 information reporting. As you know, information reporting under Code Sections 6055 and 6056 relates … Continue reading


January BenefitsBuzz

On December 28, 2015 By Tevis

ACA Repeal Passes Senate, Veto Expected On Dec. 3, 2015, the Senate voted 52 to 47 to repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—marking the first time that the Senate has passed a bill that would repeal the … Continue reading


December BenefitsBuzz

On December 2, 2015 By Tevis

ACA’s Automatic Enrollment Requirement Repealed On Nov. 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 into law, which included a provision repealing the ACA requirement that large companies automatically enroll their employees in group health plans. Under … Continue reading


Slowing the PACE of Reform

On October 15, 2015 By Tevis

The original Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) increases the definition of small employer as of January 1, 2016 from 50 to 100 employees in the previous calendar year for insured group health plans. Congress passed and the President … Continue reading


ACA Reporting: Offers of COBRA Coverage

On October 12, 2015 By Tevis

On May 19, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released FAQs detailing how employers should report offers of COBRA coverage on Form 1094-C and Form 1095-C. On September 16, 2015, the IRS issued final 2015 instructions for Forms 1094-B and … Continue reading


September BenefitBuzz

On August 27, 2015 By Tevis

Final Rule on Religious Exemptions to Contraceptive Coverage On July 10, 2015, final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) women’s preventive care coverage requirement were released. The ACA requires non-grandfathered health plans to provide coverage for preventive health services … Continue reading


August BenefitsBuzz

On July 24, 2015 By Tevis

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies in Federal Exchanges On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in King v. Burwell. The case challenged the availability of health insurance Exchange subsidies in every state, including states with … Continue reading


June BenefitsBuzz

On May 29, 2015 By Tevis

Agencies Plan to Issue Final Rules for SBC Requirements On March 31, 2015, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) announcing their intention to issue final regulations for … Continue reading