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
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 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 Read More
Data Quality Management Is Key to ACA Compliance

Data Quality Management Is Key to ACA Compliance

March 25, 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
Triangle of Trust Critical for ACA Compliance

Triangle of Trust Critical for ACA Compliance

March 20, 2019 3 minute read: It’s called the Triangle of Trustsm, the intersection of data, analytics and regulatory expertise necessary to move raw data to successful regulatory compliance. Success can only be 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
Trump Tries to Change the ACA but Not the Employer Mandate

Trump Tries to Change the ACA but Not the Employer Mandate

February 27, 2019 2 minute read:  President Trump has made some administrative changes to the Affordable Care Act. None of these changes, however, affect the law’s Employer Mandate. These changes include State Relief 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
Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

February 20, 2019 3 minute read: Without the proper tools or subject matter expertise, tackling the responsibilities of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate on your own can be overwhelming. This is especially 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
The IRS Wants More Employers to Use Electronic Filing

The IRS Wants More Employers to Use Electronic Filing

June 11, 2018 2 minute read: The IRS is proposing regulations that would expand mandatory electronic filings for most employers by aggregating the number of total information returns they submit to the federal 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
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
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
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
ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and US GAAP Complications

ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and US GAAP Complications

February 26, 2018 You would think it would go without saying, but let’s say it. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its employer mandate have tax and financial implications. And that means it’s Read More
DOL Seeking Comments On Extending Association Health Plans

DOL Seeking Comments On Extending Association Health Plans

January 30, 2018 Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers that do not meet the 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employee threshold to be Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) do not face Read More
ACA Health Insurance Marketplace May Stabilize In 2018

ACA Health Insurance Marketplace May Stabilize In 2018

January 22, 2018 It’s been a tumultuous year for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From insurers withdrawing from providing health insurance on government exchanges to spiking premiums in the face of financial losses Read More
As Congress Moves To Remove Individual Mandate, States Seek Their Own Version

As Congress Moves To Remove Individual Mandate, States Seek Their Own Version

January 8, 2018 It was a decade ago when Massachusettsimplemented its own individual mandate that required state residents to obtain health insurance or face financial ramifications. Nationwide, that rule became the framework of Read More
Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

January 4, 2018 As part of their annual filing of healthcare coverage information with the IRS, organizations must determine if they are Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for purposes of the Affordable Care Act Read More
IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

December 28, 2017 As the saying goes, I have some good news and some bad news. For the good news, the IRS has extended good faith relief for information-reporting requirements for the Affordable Read More
Americans Don’t Want President Trump to Destroy the Affordable Care Act

Americans Don’t Want President Trump to Destroy the Affordable Care Act

October 26, 2017 While President Trump does his best to undermine the Affordable Care Act, the American public wants it to succeed. Americans don’t want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) destroyed. They want Read More
GrubHub Trial Could Set Precedent for Employee Misclassification Lawsuits

GrubHub Trial Could Set Precedent for Employee Misclassification Lawsuits

September 25, 2017 GrubHub is on trial for a case of employee misclassification involving its drivers. The drivers allege they were misclassified by the on-demand food delivery app as independent contractors and not Read More
IRS Extends Voluntary Reporting Of Catastrophic Coverage

IRS Extends Voluntary Reporting Of Catastrophic Coverage

September 21, 2017 The IRS released Notice 2017-41 last month, informing health insurance issuers of further guidance surrounding the reporting of catastrophic plan coverage acquired through the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. It’s the Read More
With the Threat Of ACA-Imposed Penalties From the IRS, Employers Must Be Serious About Tracking Employee and Worker Time

With the Threat Of ACA-Imposed Penalties From the IRS, Employers Must Be Serious About Tracking Employee and Worker Time

September 20, 2017 The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate that employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees must offer health insurance coverage to their full-time employees has come with added Read More
How Will a New Era of Healthcare Entrepreneurs Be Impacted by the ACA?

How Will a New Era of Healthcare Entrepreneurs Be Impacted by the ACA?

September 5, 2017 At some point, the gig economy was bound to expand into industries most never imagined. With the growing rate of Americans taking on some form of a job within the Read More
Get Your Business Data Organized

Get Your Business Data Organized

August 1, 2017 At times, companies may feel like they are swimming in data. It’s an information overload, and a lack of organization can lead to many mistakes in consolidating, validating and analyzing Read More
The IRS Finalizes Regulations for ACA Premium Tax Credits

The IRS Finalizes Regulations for ACA Premium Tax Credits

July 26, 2017 The IRS on July 24 finalized regulations for the use of premium tax credits. These are the tax credits provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help lower income Read More
ACA Filing Deadlines Still Loom Amid Reform Debate

ACA Filing Deadlines Still Loom Amid Reform Debate

July 20, 2017 Originally published on July 18, 2017 in “Compliance Week”  As healthcare reform sputters along in Congress, companies still face filing deadlines under the Affordable Care Act, and the Internal Revenue Service Read More
ACA Discrimination Suit Sheds Light On Transgender Child Rights

ACA Discrimination Suit Sheds Light On Transgender Child Rights

July 18, 2017 Over the last few years, the rights of transgender workers within organizations have continued to fall under the microscope. From anti-discrimination rules surrounding hiring to adequately reporting the gender of Read More
EEO-1 Reporting Complications Creates ACA Reporting Efficiencies

EEO-1 Reporting Complications Creates ACA Reporting Efficiencies

July 17, 2017 Today we are featuring a post from our new blog, FCCI Insights. This blog will provide information on legislative and regulatory activity involving pay equity, employment eligibility verification, tax credits, Read More
IRS Still Moving Forward with ACA Compliance Enforcement for Employers

IRS Still Moving Forward with ACA Compliance Enforcement for Employers

July 10, 2017 The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-38, which revealed the results of the Treasury Department’s review of all “significant tax regulations” per President Trump’s Executive Order 13789 issued in April 2017. Read More
Deadline Nearing to Provide HHS Comments On How To Improve Health Insurance Markets

Deadline Nearing to Provide HHS Comments On How To Improve Health Insurance Markets

July 5, 2017 While Congress has been discussing new directions for healthcare reform from the Affordable Care Act, President Trump has been talking about the death of that current healthcare law. However, as Read More
Complexities Await Should ACA Be Amended Prior To Repeal

Complexities Await Should ACA Be Amended Prior To Repeal

June 27, 2017 On June 26, President Trump tweeted, “Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats. Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!” Read More
Two New Health Care Tax Bills Approved Pending AHCA Passing

Two New Health Care Tax Bills Approved Pending AHCA Passing

June 20, 2017 There was a time in the early stages of the ACA repeal where the Trump Administration shrugged off any ACA-mandated taxes going forward. The growing concern was that a repeal Read More
Featured Press: 3 Issues For Business As The U.S. Senate Tackles Trumpcare

Featured Press: 3 Issues For Business As The U.S. Senate Tackles Trumpcare

May 22, 2017 Op-Ed originally published in The Business Journals. After some false starts, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives finally passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as amended, the first step Read More
New Bill Allows Non-Exchange Health Plan Purchases With ACA Credits

New Bill Allows Non-Exchange Health Plan Purchases With ACA Credits

April 26, 2017 When Senate Republicans proposed the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a major point of focus was the elimination of ACA-mandated taxes, including the Employer and Individual Read More
McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Exemption Is Eliminated After 70 Years

McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Exemption Is Eliminated After 70 Years

April 12, 2017 The Affordable Care Act may be here to stay, but changes to antitrust laws may affect how the healthcare insurance industry does business. The House of Representatives approved legislation that Read More