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
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
Provide ACA Information by IRS Deadlines to Avoid Penalties

Provide ACA Information by IRS Deadlines to Avoid Penalties

December 10, 2018 4 minute read:  The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2018-57, which highlights the penalty rates associated with failing to provide ACA information by IRS deadlines for the 2019 tax year, Read More
IRS EXTENDS ACA FURNISHING DEADLINE FOR 1095-C FORMS AND GOOD-FAITH TRANSITION RELIEF FOR 2018 TAX YEAR

IRS EXTENDS ACA FURNISHING DEADLINE FOR 1095-C FORMS AND GOOD-FAITH TRANSITION RELIEF FOR 2018 TAX YEAR

December 3, 2018 3 minute read: In what has become an annual rite, the IRS has extended the deadline for distributing Form 1095-C for the 2018 tax year to full-time employees as required 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
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
Employers Receiving IRS Letter 226J for 2016

Employers Receiving IRS Letter 226J for 2016

November 7, 2018 2 minute read: The IRS has started issuing Letter 226J penalty notices for the 2016 tax year to employers identified as having failed to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate. 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
IRS ISSUES ACA 2018 FORMS 1094-C AND 1095-C, INSTRUCTIONS, AND 226J FOR 2016

IRS ISSUES ACA 2018 FORMS 1094-C AND 1095-C, INSTRUCTIONS, AND 226J FOR 2016

October 29, 2018 1 minute read: The IRS has released the final 1094/1095-C schedules and reporting instructions for the 2018 tax year, to be filed and furnished in 2019. You can find the 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
IRS Letter 226J for 2016 “In the Mail”

IRS Letter 226J for 2016 “In the Mail”

October 17, 2018 3 minute read: It’s confirmed. The IRS will begin issuing Letter 226J for the 2016 tax year in the next few weeks. IRS staff has indicated that the penalty notices Read More
What to Measure, Track and Record Under the ACA [UPDATE]

What to Measure, Track and Record Under the ACA [UPDATE]

October 15, 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
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
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
An ACA Penalty Risk Assessment May Help Employers Avoid IRS Penalties

An ACA Penalty Risk Assessment May Help Employers Avoid IRS Penalties

September 24, 2018 3 minute read: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex and complying with the law’s Employer Mandate can be challenging for organizations. Under the ACA’s Employer Mandate, Applicable Large Employers Read More
IRS Letter 226J Notices for 2015 Tax Year May Be Issued Through 2019

IRS Letter 226J Notices for 2015 Tax Year May Be Issued Through 2019

September 19, 2018 3 minute read:  Employers who have not yet received a 2015 ESRP penalty notice should not breathe a sigh of relief yet. The IRS identified 49,259 employers at risk for 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
Midterm Elections Won’t Affect the Employer Mandate

Midterm Elections Won’t Affect the Employer Mandate

August 20, 2018 2 minute read: Since President Trump took office, a top priority has been to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and his administration continues its attempts to undermine 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
That IRS Letter 226J Could Propose Millions of Dollars in ACA Penalties

That IRS Letter 226J Could Propose Millions of Dollars in ACA Penalties

August 8, 2018 2 minute read:  Why should your organization care about IRS Letter 226J? Well, it could propose millions of dollars in ACA penalties against your organization. The Letter 226J notices are Read More
The IRS Storm of Letter 226J ACA Penalty Notices Continues

The IRS Storm of Letter 226J ACA Penalty Notices Continues

July 30, 2018 2 minute read:  Another wave of Letter 226J penalty notices have been issued by the IRS, and all indications that this storm of tax notices will continue for the foreseeable 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
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
IRS Enforcement of ACA Penalties Is No Surprise

IRS Enforcement of ACA Penalties Is No Surprise

July 9, 2018 4 minute read: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was first enacted in 2010 under the Obama administration. A component of the ACA, the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision (ESRP), also referred 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