Take Note of these IRS Dates for Filing ACA Information for the 2018 Tax Year

Take Note of these IRS Dates for Filing ACA Information for the 2018 Tax Year

September 12, 2018 2 minute read: It’s September. For many of our friends and neighbors, it’s a time to reflect on our summer as we transition into cooler fall weather. For those of Read More
Is Your Organization an ALE? (UPDATE)

Is Your Organization an ALE? (UPDATE)

September 10, 2018 4 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
Exchange Notices Can Lead to IRS Letter 226J ACA Penalties

Exchange Notices Can Lead to IRS Letter 226J ACA Penalties

September 5, 2018 3 minute read: It’s no secret the IRS has been actively enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate. To date, the IRS has identified a total of 49,259 employers that Read More
Insurers Plan ACA Expansion for 2019

Insurers Plan ACA Expansion for 2019

August 29, 2018 2 minute read: There has been a lot of talk about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the midterm elections coming soon, Americans have stated that healthcare Read More
The Affordable Care Act, and Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore It [UPDATE]

The Affordable Care Act, and Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore It [UPDATE]

August 27, 2018 5 minute read: It’s always interesting to look back and see how the contours of a law changes in time. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no exception. I wrote Read More
IRS Letter 5699 Laying the Groundwork for Issuing Letter 226J Notices for 2016 ACA Reporting Year

IRS Letter 5699 Laying the Groundwork for Issuing Letter 226J Notices for 2016 ACA Reporting Year

August 22, 2018 2 minute read: As the IRS continues to issue Letter 226J penalty notices to organizations determined by the IRS to have failed to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Read More
More States Move Forward with Reinsurance Programs

More States Move Forward with Reinsurance Programs

August 13, 2018 3 minute read:  The Trump administration has made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act a top priority. What’s interesting, however, is that as the White House continues to undermine Read More
Report Projects Stability for Employers with 2019 Healthcare Costs

Report Projects Stability for Employers with 2019 Healthcare Costs

August 1, 2018 2 minute read: While the handwringing continues over anticipated healthcare premium increases for individuals who purchase insurance from Healthcare.gov and state healthcare exchanges in 2019, healthcare costs for employers under Read More
ACA Funding Freeze Won’t Impact the ACA’s Employer Mandate

ACA Funding Freeze Won’t Impact the ACA’s Employer Mandate

July 25, 2018 2 minute read: The Trump administration has said it would temporarily freeze funding for the “risk adjustment” program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of conflicting court rulings, but Read More
The ACA’s Annual PCORI Fees Due to IRS at the End of July

The ACA’s Annual PCORI Fees Due to IRS at the End of July

July 23, 2018 2 minute read: The annual PCORI fees are due at the end of the month from health insurers and plan sponsors offering self-funded health insurance plans. On July 31, these Read More
IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties

IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties

July 18, 2018 3 minute read: The employer shared responsibility provisions (ESRP) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may seem straightforward, but, in reality, complying with them can be quite complex and time Read More
Association Health Plans Don’t Help Larger Employers with ACA Compliance

Association Health Plans Don’t Help Larger Employers with ACA Compliance

July 16, 2018 3 minute read: The Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate has been in effect for the past three years and IRS enforcement of the healthcare law has begun. At the same Read More
More Americans Paying for ACA Health Plans

More Americans Paying for ACA Health Plans

July 11, 2018 2 minute read: It’s no secret that replacing the law is a top priority for President Trump and a majority of Republicans in Congress. Recent data from the Centers for Read More
Despite Presidential Rhetoric, ACA Employer Mandate Still Here

Despite Presidential Rhetoric, ACA Employer Mandate Still Here

July 5, 2018 2 minute read: The Trump Administration has been vocal about what it believes are its successful efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At a recent campaign Read More
ACA Compliance Is a Summer To Do Item

ACA Compliance Is a Summer To Do Item

July 2, 2018 3 minute read: Ah, summertime and the living is easy. Before you pack your bags and head to the beach for vacation, make sure your ACA process is in tip-top Read More
Medicaid Expansion Supports ACA Popularity

Medicaid Expansion Supports ACA Popularity

June 27, 2018 2 minute read: It’s not a mystery that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex. Since its passage in 2010, the landscape of the healthcare industry and marketplace has changed Read More
Latest TIGTA Report: ACA Penalties to Continue

Latest TIGTA Report: ACA Penalties to Continue

June 20, 2018 4 minute read: The report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration always has some interesting information. The recently issued report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from March Read More
Proposed Farm Bill Another Attempt to Undermine ACA

Proposed Farm Bill Another Attempt to Undermine ACA

June 18, 2018 3 minute read: It’s well known that the Trump administration is doing all it can to undermine the Affordable Care Act. The recent decision by the federal Justice Department to Read More
Feds Confirm Their Own ACA Emergency Care Cost Guidelines

Feds Confirm Their Own ACA Emergency Care Cost Guidelines

June 13, 2018 4 minute read: It comes as no surprise that many organizations have had difficulty keeping up with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Whether complying with the regulations under the employer Read More
ACA Backlash: Two States Create Their Own Individual Mandates

ACA Backlash: Two States Create Their Own Individual Mandates

June 4, 2018 3 minute read: The Trump Administration effectively repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate when it made the penalties for an individual not obtaining healthcare $0 beginning 2019. What seemed Read More
Proposed California Bill Puts the State in Charge of Healthcare Costs

Proposed California Bill Puts the State in Charge of Healthcare Costs

May 21, 2018 2 minute read: As the current White House and Congressional Republicans continue to snipe at the Affordable Care Act, some states are taking action to shore up the federal healthcare Read More
IRS Confirms Continued Enforcement of ACA Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

IRS Confirms Continued Enforcement of ACA Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

May 14, 2018 3 minute read: The evidence continues to mount that the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act is not going away soon, if ever. And the process of the IRS Read More
ACA and Healthcare Grow in Popularity as Midterms Draw Near

ACA and Healthcare Grow in Popularity as Midterms Draw Near

April 30, 2018 2 minute read: Studies show that voters have prioritized healthcare as a top issue to be addressed in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections in November. For the first time in Read More
Keep Tabs on Seasonal Workers and Employees to Avoid ACA IRS Penalties

Keep Tabs on Seasonal Workers and Employees to Avoid ACA IRS Penalties

April 25, 2018 3 minute read: Fast forward to summer 2020. You’re taking a nice stroll along the beach, not a care in the world. You feel your phone vibrate and notice you’re Read More
ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and U.S. GAAP Complications

ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and U.S. GAAP Complications

April 23, 2018 4 minute read: Originally published on April 18,2018, in Accounting Today. In most organizations, the task of ensuring compliance with the Affordable Care Act lies with the Human Resources team. Read More
New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

April 18, 2018 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

April 16, 2018 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

April 11, 2018 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
ACA Complexity to Grow as States Develop Their Own Healthcare Solutions [UPDATE]

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

April 2, 2018 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
Organizations Ignoring the ACA are at Financial Risk

Organizations Ignoring the ACA are at Financial Risk

March 26, 2018 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

March 19, 2018 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
2018 Looks Promising for Health Insurers Offering Marketplace Plans [Update]

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

March 7, 2018 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

March 5, 2018 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
After Settlement Rejected, Dave & Buster’s Court Case Continues

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

February 21, 2018 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

February 19, 2018 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

February 14, 2018 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]

February 12, 2018 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]

February 7, 2018 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
Employees Obtaining Premium Tax Credits Can Trigger IRS Letter 226J for Employers

Employees Obtaining Premium Tax Credits Can Trigger IRS Letter 226J for Employers

February 6, 2018 Individual taxpayers who obtain Premium Tax Credits from the federal government to subsidize health insurance plans purchased on government healthcare exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be filing 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

February 5, 2018 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