Get to Know the ACA’s Statewide Individual Mandates

Get to Know the ACA’s Statewide Individual Mandates

October 10, 2019 3 minute read: In January 2019, the federal Individual Mandate was effectively eliminated. Many states responded by implementing their own and some of them have both employer and employee penalties Read More
Eliminating the ACA’s Cadillac Tax Will Not Impact the Employer Mandate

Eliminating the ACA’s Cadillac Tax Will Not Impact the Employer Mandate

October 8, 2019 3 minute read: All eyes on are the U.S. Senate to see if a vote will be taken to eliminate a tax associated with the Affordable Care Act. The tax Read More
Maine Implements a Statewide Health Exchange

Maine Implements a Statewide Health Exchange

September 19, 2019 2 minute read: Maine will become the next state to administer its own statewide health exchange. The state will however, continue to operate on the federal healthcare.gov website platform. The Read More
IRS Renews Insurer Fees

IRS Renews Insurer Fees

September 9, 2019 1 minute read: The IRS has released Notice 2019-50, which outlines the Applicable Fee amount for the 2020 tax year. This is the fee to be charged to health insurance Read More
ACA Approval Ratings on The Rise

ACA Approval Ratings on The Rise

September 4, 2019 3 minute read:  As the discussion over the 2020 election begins to take shape, we can expect the Affordable Care Act to be a topic of debate. However, based on Read More
Three More States Decide to Expand Medicaid Under the ACA

Three More States Decide to Expand Medicaid Under the ACA

September 3, 2019 3 minute read: Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho will join 33 states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion will take place under Read More
IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

August 23, 2019 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? It’s an Read More
The IRS Is Intensifying ACA Enforcement Efforts

The IRS Is Intensifying ACA Enforcement Efforts

August 12, 2019 3 minute read: Originally published on August 7, 2019, in Accounting Today. Accountants may see some of their business clients getting caught up this summer in IRS activities to enforce Read More
We Answer Your ACA Employer Mandate Questions

We Answer Your ACA Employer Mandate Questions

August 7, 2019 3 minute read: We hosted an ACA webinar in July with HR.com, and were asked several questions relating to the ACA’s Employer Mandate. The answers are now available on our Read More
Trump Tries to Change the ACA, But Not The Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

Trump Tries to Change the ACA, But Not The Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

July 24, 2019 3 minute read:  President Trump announced his intent to make administrative changes to the Affordable Care Act in 2017 as part of this executive order, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Read More
ACA Compliance is Hot This Summer

ACA Compliance is Hot This Summer

July 22, 2019 4 minute read: The words “Summer” and “vacation” are often paired together. Applicable Large Employers should note that even though their ACA filing responsibilities have likely been satisfied due to Read More
ACA’s Annual PCORI Fees Are Due to the IRS by the End of July

ACA’s Annual PCORI Fees Are Due to the IRS by the End of July

July 12, 2019 2 minute read:  The annual PCORI fees are due by the end of the month from health insurers and plan sponsors offering self-funded health insurance plans. On July 31, these Read More
California Passes New State-Wide Healthcare Individual Mandate

California Passes New State-Wide Healthcare Individual Mandate

July 3, 2019 5 minute read: In early January, I wrote a blog post titled, “Will 2019 Be the Year for Statewide Individual Health Insurance Mandates?” More and more, it is appearing that Read More
Data Quality Management Is Key to ACA Compliance

Data Quality Management Is Key to ACA Compliance

May 29, 2019 5 minute read:  Many of the challenges posed by the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate are inherently data problems. Data quality management is not just an issue for larger employers Read More
New Jersey Plans to Create Statewide Health Exchange

New Jersey Plans to Create Statewide Health Exchange

May 20, 2019 3 minute read:  New Jersey will administer its own statewide health exchange marketplace starting in 2021. As a result, the state will no longer operate under the federal health exchange. Read More
CMS Seeks Input from States on ACA Waivers

CMS Seeks Input from States on ACA Waivers

May 15, 2019 2 minute read: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury have issued a request for information (RFI) to states seeking more ideas on potential Read More
Grandmothered ACA Plans Receive Transition-Relief Extension

Grandmothered ACA Plans Receive Transition-Relief Extension

May 1, 2019 2 minute read: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the period of non-enforcement for certain non-compliant health policies under Read More
Employers Must Correct IRS Errors to Avoid ACA Penalties

Employers Must Correct IRS Errors to Avoid ACA Penalties

April 24, 2019 3 minute read:  We are all human, including the people who work at the IRS. And like all of us, sometimes they make mistakes. The only difference is that errors Read More
CMS Report Shows a Stabilizing ACA

CMS Report Shows a Stabilizing ACA

April 22, 2019 2 minute read: The latest open enrollment period report for the 2019 plan year from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) shows that the Affordable Care Act marketplace Read More
Reduce IRS Penalty Risk With Monthly ACA Compliance

Reduce IRS Penalty Risk With Monthly ACA Compliance

April 17, 2019 3 minute read: At this point, if your organization has achieved success in complying with the Affordable Care Act, you understand that it’s no simple undertaking. Chances are, your organization Read More
ACA Compliance Still Confusing to Employers

ACA Compliance Still Confusing to Employers

April 10, 2019 5 minute read: Employers are still confused with how to comply with the Affordable Care Act, and continue to hide their heads in the sand about the real risk of Read More
Avoid These ACA Filing Errors to Prevent Getting IRS Letter 226J Year After Year

Avoid These ACA Filing Errors to Prevent Getting IRS Letter 226J Year After Year

April 3, 2019 5 minute read: They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. We’ve seen many employers repeatedly make the same mistakes in their annual ACA Read More
These Industries Are at Risk for ACA Penalties from the IRS

These Industries Are at Risk for ACA Penalties from the IRS

April 1, 2019 3 minute read: The home health care, staffing, restaurant and construction industries are under fire from the IRS for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Companies within these Read More
The Signs Were There for IRS’s ACA Enforcement

The Signs Were There for IRS’s ACA Enforcement

March 18, 2019 5 minute read: One of the more complex sections of the Affordable Care Act is the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions, also referred to as the ACA Employer Mandate. Under the Read More
Is Maryland the Next State to Approve an Individual Mandate?

Is Maryland the Next State to Approve an Individual Mandate?

March 13, 2019 3 minute read: Maryland is getting closer to a state-wide version of an individual mandate that will encourage state residents to purchase health insurance. A bill in the Maryland legislature, Read More
Hey Accountants, the IRS is Coming for Your Clients

Hey Accountants, the IRS is Coming for Your Clients

March 11, 2019 3 minute read: Originally published on March 6, 2018, in Accounting Today. Lost amid the confusion of the federal government shutdown this year was a new set of penalties the Read More
The IRS’s 1095 Forms for ACA Explained

The IRS’s 1095 Forms for ACA Explained

February 25, 2019 3 minute read: A number of changes were introduced to the health insurance marketplace with the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. From different reporting forms and instructions Read More
Mark These 2019 Dates for 2018 ACA Reporting [UPDATE]

Mark These 2019 Dates for 2018 ACA Reporting [UPDATE]

February 18, 2019 5 minute read: Every year, the IRS requires employers to submit important ACA information to the agency and their employees. Here are some important dates to keep in mind for Read More
Contact IRS Staff About Your Letter 226J

Contact IRS Staff About Your Letter 226J

February 13, 2019 2 minute read:  IRS staff continue to work to get current on a backlog of activities that resulted from the recent federal government shutdown. As mentioned in a previous blog Read More
IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties [UPDATE]

IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties [UPDATE]

February 11, 2019 4 minute read: The Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions (ESRP) under the Affordable Care Act may seem straightforward, but, in reality, complying with them can be challenging and time consuming. An Read More
The ACA Remains Popular

The ACA Remains Popular

February 6, 2019 2 minute read: The Affordable Care Act has seemed to turn the corner. On a number of fronts, it appears that the ACA is now being accepted as a beneficial Read More
With IRS Staff Back, Expect A Flurry of ACA Penalty Notices

With IRS Staff Back, Expect A Flurry of ACA Penalty Notices

February 4, 2019 3 minute read: The government shutdown is over, at least for now, and IRS staff is back to work. Get ready for a flurry of Affordable Care Act penalty notices Read More
Electronically Submit your ACA Filings to Avoid IRS Penalties

Electronically Submit your ACA Filings to Avoid IRS Penalties

January 28, 2019 3 minute read: If you are not yet filing Affordable Care Act information with the IRS, you may want to reconsider. There are some considerable benefits to doing so, including Read More
The IRS is Issuing Penalties for Not Providing 1095-C Forms by IRS Deadlines [UPDATE]

The IRS is Issuing Penalties for Not Providing 1095-C Forms by IRS Deadlines [UPDATE]

January 21, 2019 2 minute read: The IRS has started to issue a new round of ACA penalties that focus on failure to distribute 1095-C forms to employees and to file 1094-C and Read More
California Carries the Torch for State-Based Individual Mandates

California Carries the Torch for State-Based Individual Mandates

January 16, 2019 2 minute read: California Governor Gavin Newsom has not wasted time wading into the healthcare debate. The governor has proposed an individual mandate requiring all California residents to obtain health Read More
ACA Compliance Should Continue Despite Government Shutdown

ACA Compliance Should Continue Despite Government Shutdown

January 9, 2019 2 minute read: As we enter the third week of government shutdown, we’re on track to surpass the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The shutdown affects many government agencies, including Read More
Will 2019 be the Year for Statewide Individual Health Insurance Mandates?

Will 2019 be the Year for Statewide Individual Health Insurance Mandates?

January 7, 2019 3 minute read:  Since the Trump Administration took office, the ACA has been under fire from the White House and many Congressional Republicans. Legislative repeal of the ACA failed. However, Read More
ACA Filing Takeaways for the Holiday Season

ACA Filing Takeaways for the Holiday Season

December 19, 2018 2 minute read: As the end of the year comes to a close, we have curated a list of our most common and relevant ACA filing questions and answers so Read More
‘Tis The Season to Check the Health of Your Data for ACA Reporting

‘Tis The Season to Check the Health of Your Data for ACA Reporting

December 12, 2018 5 minute read: The end of 2018 is around the corner and that means that if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get your Affordable Care Act (ACA) Read More
ACA Reporting Requirements [UPDATE]

ACA Reporting Requirements [UPDATE]

November 26, 2018 7 minute read: It’s always interesting to look back and see how regulation develops. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no exception. I wrote a five-part series about the ACA Read More
More Insurers Will Participate in the ACA Marketplace in 2019

More Insurers Will Participate in the ACA Marketplace in 2019

November 21, 2018 3 minute read: It was predicted that the health insurance marketplace would be turned upside down with the individual mandate penalty effectively reduced to $0 beginning January 1,2019. However, that Read More
IRS Releases New ACA PCORI Fees

IRS Releases New ACA PCORI Fees

November 19, 2018 2 minute read: The IRS has released new PCORI rate for health insurance plans that end on or after October 1, 2018 and before October 1, 2019. PCORI fees are Read More
ACA Compliance Doesn’t Have to Burden HR Staff

ACA Compliance Doesn’t Have to Burden HR Staff

November 14, 2018 5 minute read: Human Resources staff have a difficult job. They help keep their organizations running smoothly by ensuring, to the greatest degree possible, that the employer is in compliance Read More
ACA Support May Dictate Midterm Election Results

ACA Support May Dictate Midterm Election Results

November 5, 2018 2 minute read:  Americans across the country will report to their respective poll places to cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, and the issue of healthcare Read More
The ACA’s Section 1557 Extends to Gender Identity

The ACA’s Section 1557 Extends to Gender Identity

October 31, 2018 2 minute read:  A recent court ruling in Minnesota has affirmed that the provision of the Affordable Care Act extends to transgender and gender non-conforming people, and has dealt another Read More
Open Enrollment Missing ACA Individual Mandate

Open Enrollment Missing ACA Individual Mandate

October 24, 2018 3 minute read: The open enrollment period on HR.gov will run from November 1, 2018, to December 15, 2018, only 45 days, the same as the previous year’s open enrollment Read More
How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J for the 2016 Tax Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J for the 2016 Tax Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 22, 2018 1 minute read:  IRS staff has confirmed that the agency will begin issuing Letter 226J penalty notices for the 2016 tax year in the next few weeks. If you receive Read More
ACA Popularity Remains Strong as Midterms Approach

ACA Popularity Remains Strong as Midterms Approach

October 10, 2018 2 minute read:  The midterm elections are less than a month away on November 6. With an estimated 20 million Americans at risk of losing health coverage if the ACA Read More
Why You Should Be Concerned that ACA Exchange Notices are Being Issued

Why You Should Be Concerned that ACA Exchange Notices are Being Issued

October 8, 2018 2 minute read:  The fourth quarter of the 2018 tax year is here, bringing with it record temperatures in many parts of the country. The ACA enforcement process is also Read More
Your ACA Employer Mandate Questions Answered

Your ACA Employer Mandate Questions Answered

October 3, 2018 2 minute read: As subject matter experts with ACA compliance, reporting, and related topics, we often times are asked questions about the law by our readers, which include insurance brokers, Read More