New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

Apr 18 3 minute read: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has issued a final rule to expand short-term insurance options for Americans as part of the federal government’s continuing campaign Read More
IRS Safe Harbors for Affordability Help Avoid ACA Penalties

IRS Safe Harbors for Affordability Help Avoid ACA Penalties

Apr 16 4 minute read: How exactly do employers prove to the IRS that the healthcare plans they are offering to their workforce are affordable under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? It’s Read More
Five Common Mistakes Restaurants Make with ACA Compliance

Five Common Mistakes Restaurants Make with ACA Compliance

Apr 11 3 minute read: Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the reporting requirements set forth by the IRS have proven to be complicated and time consuming. Minimizing Read More
Advisers, Beware These Two Letters from the IRS

Advisers, Beware These Two Letters from the IRS

Apr 9 4 minute read: Originally published on April 4, 2018 in Employee Benefit Adviser. Advisers beware: Affordable Care Act penalties are being assessed by the IRS and the enforcement process is Read More
ACA Complexity to Grow as States Develop Their Own Healthcare Solutions [UPDATE]

ACA Complexity to Grow as States Develop Their Own Healthcare Solutions [UPDATE]

Apr 2 5 minute read:   The many false starts of the Republican-led effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), along with the Trump administration’s continued efforts to undermine the healthcare law, Read More
File ACA 1094-C/1095-C Information with IRS On Time to Avoid Penalties

File ACA 1094-C/1095-C Information with IRS On Time to Avoid Penalties

Mar 28 2 minute read:   With the deadline for providing Affordable Care Act (ACA) information filings to the IRS fast approaching, don’t forget about the late filing penalties under IRS Section 6721. Read More
Organizations Ignoring the ACA are at Financial Risk

Organizations Ignoring the ACA are at Financial Risk

Mar 26 5 minute read:  It’s hard to believe, but many organizations continue to be in denial about their need to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Time and time again Read More
Time to Check Your Work with IRS ACA Filing Deadline Approaching

Time to Check Your Work with IRS ACA Filing Deadline Approaching

Mar 19 3 minute read:   The April 2 deadline is fast approaching for filing information related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Credit to your organization if it’s putting the finishing touches Read More
Having Responded to IRS Letter 226J to Prove ACA Compliance, Now Meet IRS Letter 227

Having Responded to IRS Letter 226J to Prove ACA Compliance, Now Meet IRS Letter 227

Mar 14 Your organization has received a Letter 226J tax notice because the IRS says it did not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the basis of its ACA information Read More
More Signs Pointing to Continued IRS Enforcement of the ACA [UPDATE]

More Signs Pointing to Continued IRS Enforcement of the ACA [UPDATE]

Mar 12 As we look forward to the start of spring, all signs are pointing to the IRS continuing its efforts to enforce the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A new wave of Read More
2018 Looks Promising for Health Insurers Offering Marketplace Plans [Update]

2018 Looks Promising for Health Insurers Offering Marketplace Plans [Update]

Mar 7 The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace has evolved over the years as a necessary evil for some healthcare providers. Some have withdrawn from it, citing profit losses and Read More
IRS, CMS, EBSA Seek Public Comment on ACA Change

IRS, CMS, EBSA Seek Public Comment on ACA Change

Mar 5 The IRS, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are seeking public comments on proposed regulations that would change the definition of Read More
It’s Crunch Time! IRS Deadlines for ACA Informational Filings Start Today

It’s Crunch Time! IRS Deadlines for ACA Informational Filings Start Today

Feb 28 It can sneak up on employers quickly. Today is the IRS deadline for employers to provide paper filings of forms 1094-C and 1095-C as part of the required ACA information Read More
ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and US GAAP Complications

ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and US GAAP Complications

Feb 26 You would think it would go without saying, but let’s say it. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its employer mandate have tax and financial implications. And that means it’s Read More
After Settlement Rejected, Dave & Buster’s Court Case Continues

After Settlement Rejected, Dave & Buster’s Court Case Continues

Feb 21 The class action lawsuit filed in federal courts in New York’s Southern District against entertainment and restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s is continuing after the judge in the case rejected Read More
2018 Affordable Care Act Enrollment Shows Marketplace Stabilizing

2018 Affordable Care Act Enrollment Shows Marketplace Stabilizing

Feb 19 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plan to release a more detailed 2018 enrollment report in March for the recent open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, including Read More
IRS Provides Guidance on Using Corrected Form 1095-A

IRS Provides Guidance on Using Corrected Form 1095-A

Feb 14 If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, then you may have avoided having to file an amended return if you received a corrected 2017 Form 1095-A for the Healthcare Marketplace. Read More
Masshealth Changes Come With a Hefty Price Tag For Employers [UPDATE]

Masshealth Changes Come With a Hefty Price Tag For Employers [UPDATE]

Feb 12 While healthcare continues to be talked about by the federal government, some state governments are taking steps of their own to shore up the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impact on Read More
Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’S Individual and Employer Mandates [UPDATE]

Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’S Individual and Employer Mandates [UPDATE]

Feb 7 The approval of tax reform legislation by Congress may ultimately have an impact on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2019. That’s when the legislation essentially repeals the individual mandate Read More
Less Than 30 Days to First IRS Filing Deadline for 2017 ACA Information

Less Than 30 Days to First IRS Filing Deadline for 2017 ACA Information

Feb 5 We are less than 30 days away from the first deadlines for filing Affordable Care Act (ACA) information for the 2017 tax year. How time flies! Here is who must Read More
DOL Seeking Comments On Extending Association Health Plans

DOL Seeking Comments On Extending Association Health Plans

Jan 30 Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers that do not meet the 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employee threshold to be Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) do not face Read More
Online ACA Resource Center Offers Free Information to Aid 2017 IRS Filings

Online ACA Resource Center Offers Free Information to Aid 2017 IRS Filings

Jan 29 Through The ACA Times, we regularly provide information that we hope has helped make it easier for organizations to deal with the complexities of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We Read More
INFOGRAPHIC: How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J

Jan 25 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex. The ACA Penalty Process now being initiated by the IRS is no exception. With 30 days to respond upon receipt of IRS Letter Read More
Two Errors That Are Triggering ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Payments from the IRS

Two Errors That Are Triggering ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Payments from the IRS

Jan 24 Some trends are emerging on what is triggering the IRS to issue Letter 226J notices to organizations. Since November, the IRS has been sending notices to organizations that failed to Read More
Extended Deadlines for ACA Open Enrollment Updated

Extended Deadlines for ACA Open Enrollment Updated

Jan 23 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it is extending the deadline to enroll in health coverage through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange until March 31, 2018, Read More
ACA Health Insurance Marketplace May Stabilize In 2018

ACA Health Insurance Marketplace May Stabilize In 2018

Jan 22 It’s been a tumultuous year for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From insurers withdrawing from providing health insurance on government exchanges to spiking premiums in the face of financial losses Read More
Individual Healthcare Mandate Being Considered in Maryland [UPDATE]

Individual Healthcare Mandate Being Considered in Maryland [UPDATE]

Jan 18 Senate Republicans added repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate to the Senate’s tax reform bill to save nearly $340 billion in federal funds during the next decade to mitigate increases Read More
New Study Shows ACA Catalyst for Increase In Adolescent Annual Wellness Visits

New Study Shows ACA Catalyst for Increase In Adolescent Annual Wellness Visits

Jan 17 One of the objectives of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to make it affordable for Americans of all ages to actively take part in preventative care, including adolescents. The Read More
New Guidance on Medicaid May Lead to More Choice for Employers and Employees

New Guidance on Medicaid May Lead to More Choice for Employers and Employees

Jan 16 New guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) support efforts by certain individual states to test incentives that make participation in work or other community engagement a Read More
Studies: ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked [UPDATE]

Studies: ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked [UPDATE]

Jan 11 Shortly after the passage the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some economists predicted that the law would cause employers to slash workweeks to less than 30 hours to avoid having to Read More
Worker Misclassification Can Impact ACA Compliance

Worker Misclassification Can Impact ACA Compliance

Jan 10 On December 31, 2017, the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA) took effect. The new law allows for heightened investigations into those employers that are allegedly misclassifying their workers Read More
The Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions, But There’s More Work To Do

The Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions, But There’s More Work To Do

Jan 9 In 2010, former President Barack Obama introduced the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in an effort to provide more Americans with health coverage. Over the course of its now-nearly eight-year run, Read More
As Congress Moves To Remove Individual Mandate, States Seek Their Own Version

As Congress Moves To Remove Individual Mandate, States Seek Their Own Version

Jan 8 It was a decade ago when Massachusetts implemented its own individual mandate that required state residents to obtain health insurance or face financial ramifications. Nationwide, that rule became the framework Read More
Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

Jan 4 As part of their annual filing of healthcare coverage information with the IRS, organizations must determine if they are Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for purposes of the Affordable Care Act Read More
Despite Tax Reform, Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’s Individual and Employer Mandates

Despite Tax Reform, Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’s Individual and Employer Mandates

Jan 3 The approval of tax reform legislation by Congress may ultimately have an impact on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2019. That’s when the legislation essentially repeals the individual mandate Read More
2018 Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Shows Americans’ Support

2018 Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Shows Americans’ Support

Jan 2 Open enrollment to obtain insurance starting on January 2018 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ended on December 15 with more than 8.7 million Americans signing up for coverage, according Read More
IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

Dec 28 As the saying goes, I have some good news and some bad news. For the good news, the IRS has extended good faith relief for information-reporting requirements for the Affordable Read More
IRS Extends 2018 ACA Deadline for Providing 1095-Cs to Employees

IRS Extends 2018 ACA Deadline for Providing 1095-Cs to Employees

Dec 27 The IRS has extended the 2018 deadlines to provide 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals as required by Affordable Care Act (ACA). The information was included in a new Read More
ACA Individual Mandate is Set to be Gone, but Desire for Health Insurance Remains

ACA Individual Mandate is Set to be Gone, but Desire for Health Insurance Remains

Dec 21 As part of tax reform legislation passed by Congress, the individual mandate provision in the ACA requiring every American citizen to obtain health insurance or pay an annual financial penalty Read More
Some Americans Able to Sign Up for Insurance Under the ACA Past December 15 Deadline

Some Americans Able to Sign Up for Insurance Under the ACA Past December 15 Deadline

Dec 20 As we wait for the latest statistics on the number of Americans who have signed up on government exchanges for healthcare insurance coverage for 2018, experts are predicting that the Read More