ACA to Aid Millions in Obtaining Healthcare, KFF Report Finds

ACA to Aid Millions in Obtaining Healthcare, KFF Report Finds

September 4, 2020 2 minute read: The data is in: at least 27 million Americans have lost employer-sponsored health coverage as a result of COVID-19. The Kaiser Family Foundation issued a report in Read More
ACA Reporting to Grow in Complexity Due to State Individual Mandates

ACA Reporting to Grow in Complexity Due to State Individual Mandates

August 28, 2020 3 minute read: Employers with operations in states that have additional state level ACA reporting as a requirement of the state’s Individual Mandate know that it’s no easy undertaking, but Read More
ACA Expansion of Medicaid Passes in Missouri

ACA Expansion of Medicaid Passes in Missouri

August 14, 2020 3 minute read: In yet another triumphant win for the Affordable Care Act, the state of Missouri approved and passed the expansion of Medicaid. The expansion comes after nearly 53% Read More
Most States Reject Trump ACA STLDI Rule as DC Circuit Says It’s Here to Stay

Most States Reject Trump ACA STLDI Rule as DC Circuit Says It’s Here to Stay

August 10, 2020 2 minute read: The convergence of insurance regulation at the federal and state levels keeps getting more complex. In July, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Trump administration Read More
Gig-Economy Worker Benefits Will Affect ACA Compliance

Gig-Economy Worker Benefits Will Affect ACA Compliance

August 3, 2020 3 minute read: It’s no mystery that both companies and consumers benefit from the gig-economy, but what about the workers? Sure, it provides a means to an end, but workers Read More
Employee Misclassification Laws Add Headache to Employer ACA Compliance

Employee Misclassification Laws Add Headache to Employer ACA Compliance

July 31, 2020 3 minute read: In the past year three states have implemented laws that broaden the definition of “employee” and include penalties or additional liability exposure for employers who misclassify their Read More
More ACA Complexity: California Releases Draft Instructions Diverge From ACA Employer Reporting

More ACA Complexity: California Releases Draft Instructions Diverge From ACA Employer Reporting

July 29, 2020 2 minute read: With the zeroing out of the ACA’s “Individual Mandate,” which required individuals to have minimum essential health coverage through the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Read More
ACA Enhancement Bill Telling of the Times

ACA Enhancement Bill Telling of the Times

July 24, 2020 2 minute read: House of Representative Democrats have unveiled a bill that would enhance many of the ACA’s components while reversing much of the Trump administration’s onslaught to the healthcare Read More
Trump ACA Contraceptive Rule Upheld by Supreme Court

Trump ACA Contraceptive Rule Upheld by Supreme Court

July 22, 2020 2 minute read: On July 8, 2020 the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, upholding the new Trump Administration rule regarding contraceptive Read More
ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Takes Hold in Oklahoma

ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Takes Hold in Oklahoma

July 17, 2020 3 minute read: In late June, Oklahoma joined 37 other states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid under the ACA. Better late than never and in good timing Read More
Californians Beware, The Individual ACA Penalty Has Increased

Californians Beware, The Individual ACA Penalty Has Increased

July 13, 2020 2 minute read: California residents that fail to obtain qualified health coverage this year will receive a penalty from the state for an amount larger than first projected. Per California’s Read More
Virginia’s New Misclassification Law Will Impact Employers ACA Compliance

Virginia’s New Misclassification Law Will Impact Employers ACA Compliance

July 6, 2020 2 minute read: Virginia has decided to get into the worker misclassification game with the passage and implementation of HB 984 on July 1, 2020. Unlike states such as California Read More
Protect App-Based Drivers Act Would Create Further Employee Classification and ACA Reporting Issues

Protect App-Based Drivers Act Would Create Further Employee Classification and ACA Reporting Issues

June 5, 2020 3 minute read: As part of their campaign against the requirements of California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which went into effect January 2020 and requires employers to treat contract workers Read More
Proposed IRS Regs Will Not Affect How Individuals Receive PTCs

Proposed IRS Regs Will Not Affect How Individuals Receive PTCs

June 3, 2020 2 minute read: The IRS recently issued proposed regulations on how the personal tax exemption reduction to “0” will affect qualifications for recipients of Premium Tax Credits (PTCs). Regulation 124810-19, Read More
Why CMS’s 2021 Payment Notice May Lead to More PTC Allocations

Why CMS’s 2021 Payment Notice May Lead to More PTC Allocations

May 27, 2020 2 minute read: Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021 (2021 Payment Notice). The rule includes Read More
Employers May See More ACA Penalties As a Result of COVID-19

Employers May See More ACA Penalties As a Result of COVID-19

May 25, 2020 2 minute read: A new data analysis report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds the vast majority of Americans who lost their job amid COVID-19will be eligible for government Read More
Uber and Lyft sued by California for Misclassifying Gig Workers. How Misclassification can Impact ACA Compliance

Uber and Lyft sued by California for Misclassifying Gig Workers. How Misclassification can Impact ACA Compliance

May 21, 2020 3 minute read: Gig Economy giants Uber and Lyft are being sued by the state of California for allegedly failing to meet the requirements of California Assembly Bill 5 (AB Read More
ACA Penalties to Continue with the IRS Returning to Work

ACA Penalties to Continue with the IRS Returning to Work

May 18, 2020 2 minute read: As states begin to lift their shelter-in-place orders and begin plans to re-open, employers should take note of recent IRSactivity, as the agency is expediting its efforts Read More
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of ACA Risk Corridors

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of ACA Risk Corridors

April 30, 2020 2 minute read: The Affordable Care Act chalked up a win in late April when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to pay insurance companies funding it’s been entitled Read More
Potential ACA Relief for Employers Facing COVID-19 Hardship

Potential ACA Relief for Employers Facing COVID-19 Hardship

April 24, 2020 2 minute read: As the COVID-19 global health pandemic continues to affect businesses large and small, employers must still comply with the requirements of the ACA’s Employer Mandate. Under the Read More
ACA COVID-19 Special Enrollment Periods Open in States Across the Country

ACA COVID-19 Special Enrollment Periods Open in States Across the Country

April 20, 2020 2 minute read: While Trump Administration shot down the idea of a special ACA enrollment period to help individuals who have lost their coverage due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, states Read More
Understanding ACA Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

Understanding ACA Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

April 13, 2020 2 minute read: Employers required to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate must report their full-time employee’s healthcare information to the IRS annually via forms 1094-C and 1095-C, but what Read More
Workforce Management, ACA Compliance and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Workforce Management, ACA Compliance and the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 10, 2020 13 minute read: Compliance with the various employer provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be complicated under normal employment conditions. As employers face the incredibly difficult business climate Read More
ACA Penalties on The Rise in 2020

ACA Penalties on The Rise in 2020

April 8, 2020 2 minute read: The IRS has been busy issuing penalties to employers that failed to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate for the last several tax years. Employers should note Read More
Today is the Deadline for Electronically Filing your ACA Returns

Today is the Deadline for Electronically Filing your ACA Returns

March 31, 2020 2 minute read: Today, March 31 is the IRS deadline for employers to provide electronic filings of forms 1094-C and 1095-C to the IRS for the 2019 tax year as Read More
Covid-19 Pandemic May Affect ALE Status

Covid-19 Pandemic May Affect ALE Status

March 30, 2020 5 minute read: As businesses across the country are shutting their doors to comply with various state or local Stay at Home orders to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Read More
Federal Special Enrollment Period on the Horizon

Federal Special Enrollment Period on the Horizon

March 25, 2020 2 minute read: The Trump Administration is doing the unexpected and considering a special ACA enrollment period in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The special enrollment period will provide uninsured Read More
California Extends Special Enrollment Period

California Extends Special Enrollment Period

March 23, 2020 2 minutes read: Due to the enormous challenges the coronavirus crisis is imposing on our healthcare system, the state of California has extended its Special Enrollment period. Effective immediately, the Read More
The Trucking Industry Faces Challenges with AB5

The Trucking Industry Faces Challenges with AB5

March 18, 2020 3 minute read: California’s AB5 has changed the landscape on how independent contractors and employers work together. The trucking industry in particular faces unique challenges in adjusting to the new Read More
Supreme Court to Rule on ACA Constitutionality

Supreme Court to Rule on ACA Constitutionality

March 16, 2020 2 minute read: The Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, for a second time. This unusual turn of events comes after the Read More
ACA Changes Continue to Stabilize the Marketplace

ACA Changes Continue to Stabilize the Marketplace

March 11, 2020 3 minute read:  According to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), there will be an average of 4.5 insurers per state this year, up from 4.0 in 2019 and Read More
The Gig Economy Is Losing Ground in its Fight with AB5

The Gig Economy Is Losing Ground in its Fight with AB5

March 6, 2020 3 minute read: The passage and implementation of Assembly Bill 5 (“AB5”) in California has become a reckoning for employers who engage with large numbers of independent contractors and has Read More
California Health Exchange Welcomes New Enrollees Thanks to Individual Mandate

California Health Exchange Welcomes New Enrollees Thanks to Individual Mandate

March 4, 2020 2 minute read: As California finalizes its initial open enrollment results, the data shows the state’s Individual Mandate played a part in the higher turnout. According to Covered California, the Read More
ACA Paper Filing Submissions are Due to the IRS Today

ACA Paper Filing Submissions are Due to the IRS Today

March 2, 2020 2 minute read: Today is the IRS deadline for employers to provide paper filings of forms 1094-C and 1095-C to the IRS for the 2019 tax year as required by Read More
AIRs Portal Downtime Could Prove Problematic for Employers

AIRs Portal Downtime Could Prove Problematic for Employers

February 28, 2020 3 minute read: When submitting ACA filings to the IRSeach year, many employers elect to file electronically, due to the many benefits. What employers may be unaware of however, is Read More
Why Monthly ACA Compliance is Critical for Avoiding IRS Penalties

Why Monthly ACA Compliance is Critical for Avoiding IRS Penalties

February 21, 2020 2 minute read: With the IRS expected to continue to ramp up enforcement of the ACA’s Employer Mandate this year, employers should recognize the importance of a monthly ACA compliance Read More
Proposed CMS Rule Could Reduce Number of Premium Tax Credits

Proposed CMS Rule Could Reduce Number of Premium Tax Credits

February 19, 2020 2 minute read: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has proposed a rule that would ensure that the agency doesn’t wrongfully provide health insurance subsidies, or Premium Tax Credits Read More
States Are Taking the ACA Into Their Own Hands

States Are Taking the ACA Into Their Own Hands

February 17, 2020 3 minute read: Several states and the District of Columbia are taking pains to make sure the Individual Mandate under the Patient and Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is Read More
ACA Marketplace Continues to Stabilize in 2020

ACA Marketplace Continues to Stabilize in 2020

February 11, 2020 2 minute read: The 2020 open enrollment results for individuals enrolling through the Healthcare.gov platform are in, and the results indicate a strong and stabilizing health care system. A report Read More
California’s Individual Mandate is Here

California’s Individual Mandate is Here

January 27, 2020 2 minute read: Now that it is 2020, several state-wide Individual Mandates have gone into effect, including California’s. As of January 1, California residents, including domestic partners and their dependents, Read More
Avoid IRS Penalties by Electronically Submitting your ACA Filings

Avoid IRS Penalties by Electronically Submitting your ACA Filings

January 24, 2020 4 minute read: If you are not yet filing Affordable Care Act information electronically with the IRS, you may want to reconsider. There are some considerable benefits to doing so, Read More
How to Claim Good-Faith Transition Relief From IRS Penalty Assessments

How to Claim Good-Faith Transition Relief From IRS Penalty Assessments

January 22, 2020 2 minute read: Good-faith transition relief. It’s a term used by the IRS for waiving ACA penalty assessments on employers that can provide legitimate reasons for missing a reporting requirement Read More
Why IRS Enforcement of the ACA Will Become More Severe in 2020

Why IRS Enforcement of the ACA Will Become More Severe in 2020

January 20, 2020 3 minute read: The beginning of a new decade is not the only thing certain in 2020 – employers can also count on the IRS continuing to step up their Read More
ACA Full-Time: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

ACA Full-Time: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

January 15, 2020 4 minute read: What constitutes a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act? The answer is not as simple as it seems. Getting this full-time employee count right matters under Read More
New Jersey’s ABC Test Could Impact ACA Compliance and Reporting

New Jersey’s ABC Test Could Impact ACA Compliance and Reporting

January 13, 2020 3 minute read: The state of New Jersey has introduced SB 4204 which would change the way employers classify their workforce. SB 4204 will require employers to administer the ABC Read More
ACA to Remain Following Fifth Circuit Court Decision

ACA to Remain Following Fifth Circuit Court Decision

December 20, 2019 2 minute read: On Wednesday of this week, the Fifth Circuit handed down a ruling regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The majority of the ACA will continue Read More
New Jersey Issues Updated State-Level ACA Reporting Guidance

New Jersey Issues Updated State-Level ACA Reporting Guidance

December 19, 2019 2 minute read: The state of New Jersey has issued updated guidance regarding state-level ACA health insurance reporting. Employers, regardless of size, who offer Minimum Essential Coverage to employees will Read More
Proposed Health Care Data Transparency Rule Complements ACA

Proposed Health Care Data Transparency Rule Complements ACA

December 17, 2019 2 minute read: As the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate moves into its sixth year of operation, federal agencies have proposed a rule to promote better health care cost transparency. Read More
IRS Issues Deadline Extension for Furnishing Forms 1095-C

IRS Issues Deadline Extension for Furnishing Forms 1095-C

December 3, 2019 2 minute read: To kick off the holiday season, the IRS has issued Notice 2019-63, which extends the deadline for distributing Form 1095-C for the 2019 tax year to full-time Read More