On August 28, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft instructions for the reporting forms that will be used to report on individual and employer mandates. The draft forms were released on July 24, 2014. The instructions and forms will be used by applicable large employers, insurers and employers with self-funded plans. Read the rest of this entry »
The Internal Revenue Service, the Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have released a set of interim final regulations and a set of proposed regulations related to coverage for recommended contraceptive services. Under the Affordable Care Act, these services should be provided at no cost, with certain exceptions related to religious organizations. Read the rest of this entry »
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged in a lawsuit that Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based Orion Energy Systems violated federal law by requiring an employee to submit to medical exams and inquiries that were not job-related and consistent with business necessity as part of a wellness program, which was not voluntary, and then by firing the employee when she objected to the program. Read the rest of this entry »
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation to align the state’s health coverage waiting period requirements with federal law. Earlier legislation, effective January 1, 2014, limited waiting periods to 60 days.
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The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has decided that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty is not primarily about raising revenue and therefore the legislation did not have to originate in the House of Representatives. The circuit court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not violate the Origination Clause of the Constitution based on Supreme Court precedents. Read the rest of this entry »
The Social Security Board of Trustees has released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016, unchanged from last year’s estimate, with 81 percent of benefits still payable after that date. Read the rest of this entry »
Two Circuit courts have issued conflicting rulings on whether subsidies are available through the Federally-Facilitated Exchanges. In ruling that the subsidy is not available, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit made a very specific decision not to block subsidies immediately, acknowledging that their decision will be appealed right away. Read the rest of this entry »