Friends and Clients: We wanted to pass along welcome news from the IRS regarding ACA reporting requirements under Code Sections 6055 and 6056 for the 2017 calendar year (to be completed in 2018). As with prior years, the IRS has…

The IRS recently updated long-unchanged guidance regarding its enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA’s”) employer shared responsibility provisions (commonly called the “employer mandate”), which generally require large employers to offer health care coverage to their full-time employees or face…

Over the past week, the executive branch has issued a series of regulations and executive orders aimed at loosening certain health insurance rules and regulations that impact employers, employees, insurance companies, and individuals.  The new regulations, which were issued in…

Overview The Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations in December of 2016 (the “Regulations”) that add to the existing requirements for disability benefits claims. The Regulations add procedural steps and participant rights that must be included in a plan’s…

The Department of Health and Human Services has released some much-anticipated rules of the road that will help implement the Affordable Care Act, including requirements on essential health benefits and preventing discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. The first rule makes clear…

Governor Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance today that he would not set up a state-run health insurance exchange, and he will not expand Medicaid as provided under health care reform. Once established, the health insurance exchanges will be places for…

In its front-page story on President Obama’s reelection, the New York Times reports, “For Mr. Obama, the result brings a ratification of his sweeping health care act, which Mr. Romney had vowed to repeal.  The law will now continue on course toward nearly full…

Two major but less discussed programs under the Affordable Care Act took effect October 1, 2012, which are part of the government’s effort to deliver better quality health care.  Both programs aim to reward hospitals for providing more efficient and…