We publish single issue Alerts periodically on items that, in our opinion, warrant immediate and/or special consideration by our clients and friends of the firm. Below are the Alerts that we have recently published. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of these issues further.
6/25/15 – SCOTUS Subsidies Decision Issued
The United States Supreme Court announced its decision (6-3) to uphold the tax subsidies for individuals who obtain health coverage in a state that has a Federal Exchange and not a State Exchange.
3/8/15 – SCOTUS & Federal HIX Plans On March 4, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court just heard oral arguments on yet another landmark case involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On February 23, 2015 Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued initial guidance on one of the least popular provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
10/23/14 – CMS Suspends HPID Requirements – The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just announced that it is suspending enforcement of the HIPAA Health Plan ID number (HPID) requirements, effective immediately, until further notice.
2/10/14 – Midsize firms get more time on PPACA Mandate – Internal Revenue Service issued a 227 page regulations document that says it will let employers with 50 to 99 full-time employees wait until Jan. 1, 2016, to comply with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
11/15/13 – Health Care FSA Eligible for $500 Rollover Now – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has decided to let holders of Health Care flexible spending arrangements (FSA) roll over up to $500 in account balance from one year to the next without worrying about the infamous “use-it-or-lose-it” rule.
7/17/13 – SCOTUS – DOMA Huge Impact on Employee Benefit Plans – Now that we have had some time to digest and reflect on the June 26, 2013 US Supreme Court decision to overturn Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), let’s take a look at the impact that it had on employee benefit plans.
7/2/13 – Treasury Delays Employer Responsibility and Information Reporting Requirements Until 2015!! Mark J Mazur, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the US Department of the Treasury released an announcement that President Obama will delay the mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act until 2015! The reporting requirements impact “applicable large employer groups,” those with more than 50 employees.
6/25/12 Supreme Court Ruling – Implications for Employers – While we are all waiting for the US Supreme Court ruling later this week on the constitutionality of the health insurance mandate in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010 (a/k/a ObamaCare; Affordable Care Act; Health Care Reform) it would be wise to review and prepare for all the possible contingencies.
3/3/11 Judge Vinson issues stay order that ObamaCare is unconstitutional.
1/27/11 Bushnell & Company is retooling our services to respond to ObamaCare.
3/8/09 ARRA – COBRA Webinars