Category Archives: Employee Benefits

July 28, 2017 – Compliance Observer Alert – Senate Rejects Efforts to Repeal The ACA

July 28, 2017 Senate Rejects Efforts to Repeal The ACA OVERVIEW In the early morning hours of July 28, 2017, members of the U.S. Senate voted 49-51 to reject a “skinny” version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called the Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA). This was the final […]

July 18, 2017 – Compliance Observer Alert – Repeal & Replace Efforts Fail Again

Less than five days after the Senate released the second version of its Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have failed once again. If the BRCA had any chance of passing, Republicans could lose only two votes.  With this difficult number to maintain, there was […]

June 29, 2017 – Compliance Observer Alert – Senate GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act Update

    June 29, 2017 Senate GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act Update Senate Republicans released their health reform overhaul – the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” – late last week after weeks of intrigue. Highlights of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) can be found below. A vote on the bill was intended to […]

IRS Reduces Affordability Percentages for 2018

June 8, 2017 Announced in IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-36, for plan years beginning in 2018, employer-sponsored health plan coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not exceed 9.56 % of the employee’s household income for the year, for purposes of both the pay or play rules and premium […]

June 1, 2017 – Compliance Observer Alert – 2017 PCORI Fees

Applies to:  Self-Insured Health Plans, including HRAs & FSAs With the release of IRS Notice 2016-64, the IRS provided that the PCORI fee (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fee) also called the CER fee (Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee) for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2016, and before October 1, 2017, is $2.26 per […]

May 4, 2017 – Compliance Observer Alert – The American Health Care Act Passes the House

  May 4, 2017 The American Health Care Act Passes the House On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217 to 213. This was a big step for House Republicans in fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act […]

January 27, 2017- Compliance Observer Alert- President Trump’s ACA Executive Order

January 27, 2017 President Trump’s ACA Executive Order Last week, as promised during his campaign, President Trump officially took a first step toward unraveling the ACA (the “Act”). In his first act as President, Trump signed  an Executive Order broadly directing federal agencies with authority and responsibility under the Act to waive, defer, grant exemptions […]

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