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 Most at Risk for ACA Penalties From the IRS

These Industries are Most at Risk for ACA Penalties From the IRS

April 1, 2019 The home healthcare, staffing, restaurant, and construction industries are under fire from the IRS for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Companies within these industries have been shocked 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
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
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
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 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
IRS Letter 226J Penalty Notices for 2016 May Contain Higher Penalties

IRS Letter 226J Penalty Notices for 2016 May Contain Higher Penalties

October 1, 2018 5 minute read:  Starting this fall, employers should expect Letter 226J penalty notices to be issued to organizations determined by the IRS to have failed to comply with the Affordable Read More
Expect the IRS to Start Issuing ACA Penalties for 2016 Tax Year in November

Expect the IRS to Start Issuing ACA Penalties for 2016 Tax Year in November

September 26, 2018 3 minute read:  As November approaches, two things seem certain. There will be national midterm elections and the IRS will begin issuing Letter 226J penalty notices to employers identified as Read More
Take Note of these IRS Dates for Filing ACA Information for the 2018 Tax Year [UPDATE]

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

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
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
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