Ballard Spahr LLP: ACA Employer Mandate Final Regulations Released; Enforcement Delays Provided for Mid-Sized Employers

By Brian M. Pinheiro, Jean C. Hemphill and Jonathan M. Calpas | Very large employers will be required to offer health care coverage to their full-time employees or pay a penalty to the federal government beginning January 1, 2015. Under the final regulations released by the U.S. Department of Treasury...

District Of Columbia Appeals Panel Affirms Dismissal Of ACA Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Plaintiffs cannot squeeze the individual insurance mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into an “arbitrary as-applied” exemption to Congress’ taxing power, a panel of the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of...

High Court Hears Arguments In Birth Control Mandate Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 heard arguments in two cases that will decide whether for-profit, secular businesses have to provide contraceptive services as part of their health insurance packages to employees even if they oppose such measures on religious...

Top Court Rejects Religious Groups’ Challenges In Birth Control Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 31 denied petitions for certiorari from two nonprofit religious groups claiming that the contraceptive mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA...

Oregon Officials Abandon State Insurance Exchange, Turn To Federal Exchange

DURHAM, Ore. — (Mealey’s) Oregon on April 25 dumped its failed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) state exchange at an agency board meeting, with the governing body unanimously adopting a technology workgroup suggestion that the federal exchange provided the most reliable and...

Court Hears Arguments In Origination-Clause Challenge To Individual Mandate Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 8 heard arguments over whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s individual mandate tax constitutes a revenue measure and should properly have originated in the U.S....

Williams Mullen: New COBRA and CHIP Notices Highlight Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

B y Brydon M. DeWitt The Department of Labor recently issued updated model COBRA continuation coverage and Childrens’ Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”) notices. Plan administrators should begin using the new notices immediately. The revised model COBRA notices address the availability...

The Hobby Lobby Primer: How A Craft Store Changed The Legal Landscape

Now that the United States Supreme Court has issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 4505 (U.S. June 30, 2014) , many are left with questions on the breadth of the decision and what it means going forwards. Below is a brief primer . [lexis.com subscribers may access...

11th Circuit Cites Hobby Lobby, Enjoins Mandate During Appeal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Mealey’s) A Catholic media outlet is entitled to an injunction while it appeals rejection of its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s contraceptive mandate challenge in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (Nos. 13-354, 13-356, U.S. Sup. [lexis.com subscribers...

HHS Urges Top Court Not To Grant Emergency Injunction During ACA Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The Supreme Court should deny a nonprofit Christian liberal arts college’s request for an emergency injunction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate while it appeals an adverse ruling, the government said July 2 in...

Foley & Lardner LLP: It's Not a Federal Question: 7th Circuit Sends Case Involving Affordable Care Act Funds Back to State Court

What is or what is not a federal question under Grable & Sons Metal Products, Inc. v. Darue Engineering & Manufacturing , 545 U.S. 308 (2005) [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], is an issue that continues to perplex lawyers, judges, and law students alike. In Hartland Lakeside...

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Subsidies For Federal Exchanges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits are available only for individuals who enrolled through state exchanges and not the federal exchange, a District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel majority held July 22. The dissent...

4th Circuit Finds ACA Tax Credit Proper Under IRS Interpretation

RICHMOND, Va. — (Mealey’s) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) language governing whether individuals who enroll through the federal exchange are entitled to tax credits is ambiguous enough to defer to the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation, a Fourth Circuit U.S...

D.C. Circuit Rejects ‘Origination Clause’ Attack On ACA Individual Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A plaintiff challenging the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot do so by arguing that the requirement is a revenue measure that should have originated in the U.S. House of Representatives, a unanimous federal appeals...

Ballard Spahr LLP: IRS Issues Draft ACA Reporting Forms

By Jonathan M. Calpas and Edward I. Leeds The Internal Revenue Service recently released draft versions of the forms that will be used to meet the shared responsibility reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These draft forms have been released for comment and may not be used...

Judge Finds Indiana, School District Employers Allege Injury Under ACA

INDIANAPOLIS — (Mealey’s) A state and 39 school districts challenging the legality of payments imposed on large employers under the Internal Revenue Services’ implementation and interpretation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations allege an addressable injury...

ACA Compliance: Getting Ahead of the Curve. A LexisNexis® White Paper with Cynthia Stamer

The looming implementation of another round of employer mandates under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has business leaders scrambling for help from legal counsel and other advisors. This flurry of activity is prudent; compliance with ACA is a matter of federal law and many penalties for failure to comply...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Government Agencies Release Further Accommodations to Organizations Opposing Mandated Contraceptive Coverage

By Jean Hemphill and Brian Pinheiro In response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor (DOL) published proposed rules on August 22, 2014, expanding...

HHS Issues Alteration To ACA Contraceptive Mandate Accommodation Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Eligible employers opposed to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives may notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which will in turn notify the employer’s insurer...

Full D.C. Appeals Court Takes Up ACA Tax Credit Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals granted en banc review on Sept. 4 of a decision finding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides tax credits only for individuals who enrolled through state-created exchanges ( Jacqueline...

Study Finds States With Expanded Medicaid Experiencing Bump In ER Volume

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — (Mealey’s) States with expanded Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) saw a threefold increase in emergency-department visits over nonexpansion states in the second quarter of 2014, according to a Sept. 8 study. (This story is an...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Ponders Health Insurance Rate Regulation

By Rich Ehisen | Note: On Nov. 4, 46 states will hold legislative elections, while 36 will elect or retain a governor. Meanwhile, 41 states will also weigh in on a wide range of ballot measures addressing some of the most controversial issues of the year, including abortion, marijuana use and the...

Government Tells High Court ACA Language Supports Broad Tax Subsidy Availability

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) No conflict among courts exists regarding the availability of tax credits for individuals obtaining insurance through federal exchanges, an outcome supported by the language and structure of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the government...

U.S. High Court Agrees To Decide Availability Of Subsidies In State Insurance Exchanges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 7 agreed to decide whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes tax subsidies for individuals who enroll in insurance through state exchanges ( David King, et al. v. Sylvia Mathew Burwell, et al. , No...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Student Employees Under The Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate

By Edward I. Leeds and Daniel V. Johns Effective January 1, 2015, colleges and universities will need to comply with the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act, which will have particular implications involving certain student employees. The employer mandate requires large employers (defined...