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Repealing Caps on Small Group Health Plan Deductibles

On April 15, 2014 By Tevis

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (the Act).  Among its many Medicare-related provisions, the Act repeals Section 1302(c) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), eliminating the previously … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Fate for California’s 60-Day Cap on Eligibility

On April 15, 2014 By Tevis

California AB 1083 (1083), signed into law in 2012, generally conforms California insurance laws to the market reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, instead of mirroring the 90-day maximum waiting period limitation of the ACA, 1083 imposed stricter waiting … Continue reading

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Affordable Care Act Final Rule: 90-Day Waiting Periods and Proposed Rule on “Orientation Periods”

On March 28, 2014 By Tevis

Well, the Agencies have done it again! The following is a summary of the Final Rule on the 90-day waiting period and the Proposed Final Rule addressing orientation periods. The Basics §  Defining the 90-Day Waiting Period. The Final Rule … Continue reading

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More Transitional Relief for Large Employers: Final Play or Pay Regulations

On February 14, 2014 By Tevis

On Tuesday, February 10, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) large employer Pay or Play mandate, which requires large employers to provide health care benefits to full-time/FTE employees or risk paying substantial … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s HCSO and Obamacare

On October 3, 2013 By Tevis

Those of us with clients subject to San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) are getting a little nervous about 2014. Employers who achieved compliance with the HCSO by implementing a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) on a stand alone basis will see … Continue reading

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HHS Plans to Delay Key Aspect of SHOP Exchanges

On April 3, 2013 By Tevis

Beginning in 2014, individuals and small employers will be able to purchase health insurance through online competitive marketplaces, or Exchanges. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires each state that chooses to operate an Exchange to also establish a Small Business … Continue reading

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The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: How This “Fiscal Cliff” Resolution Impacts Employee Benefits

On January 10, 2013 By Tevis

The legislation crafted over the final weekend of 2012 contains a number of employee benefit related changes. In addition to terminating the Bush-era tax rate for individuals with taxable income over $400,000 ($450,000 for joint filers) and making the Bush-era … Continue reading



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