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Healthcare Update - March 11, 2013

The IRS has released additional guidance related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules. The guidance includes proposed regulations published in the Federal Register on Wed. January 2nd, and a series of questions and answers published on the IRS website. Read More...

Healthcare Reform: 2011 Review (Added 2/6/2012)

There were many developments with the health care reform law in 2011, including:
The W-2 reporting requirement was delayed for small employers (filing fewer than 250 Forms W-2). Larger employers must follow the rule starting with 2012 Forms W-2. Read More...

Health Care Reform: Preventive Care Guidelines for Women (Added 8/23/2011) (Added 2/6/2012)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires non-grandfathered health plans to cover preventive health services without imposing cost-sharing requirements for the services. PPACA's preventive care mandate is generally effective for plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010.  Read More...

1099 Requirements (Added 7/18/2011)

Because the 1099 reporting requirement was a non-health related revenue-raising provision within the health law, its repeal is paid for with a payback provision that recoups funds from people who exceed their estimated income level during the course of the year after receiving subsidies for health insurance.  Read More...

Calculation of Employer Subsidy: Health Care Reform

This is very important, especially to employers that employ LESS than 25 employees with an average wage of less than $50,000. For those employers with more than 25 employees, this information is valuable in understanding the complexities of this employer subsidy. Read More...

NEW Employer Requirement: Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Effective March 23rd, 2010 employers will be required to provide mothers, up to a period of one year following the birth of a child, "reasonable break time" each time the mother needs to express breast milk. However, the employer is not required to pay the employee for this break time regardless of its length. Read More...

Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes an early retiree reinsurance program that is available to group health plan sponsors who provide medical coverage to early retirees and their spouses, surviving spouses and dependents. It is intended to encourage employers to provide health coverage to early retirees until state health exchanges and federal subsidies for health coverage are implemented. This temporary program will provide $5 billion to help employers to continue to provide coverage to certain retirees. The program provides for reimbursement of an early retiree's (and covered dependents') health care claims in an amount equal to 80% of the costs between $15,000 and $90,000. Read More...

Guidance: Tax Treatment for Dependents to age 26

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), employers who offer dependent health coverage will be required beginning in September 2010, to extend that coverage to employees' children until they reach age 26. Additionally, PPACA provides for pretax treatment of the cost of this coverage through the end of the year in which they turn age 26. Read More...