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State Net Capitol Journal: The Obamacare Pitfall: Health Care Issues Dominate State Politics

By Lou Cannon Obamacare remains an untidy work in progress in the states, which are struggling with Medicaid expansion, website problems, and insurance issues in an election year in which health care policy issues are overshadowed by partisan politics. Tim Storey, a political analyst with the National...

State Net Capitol Journal: A Tale of 2 Obamacares

The starkly contrasting ways in which Democrat- and Republican-led states have generally responded to the Affordable Care Act is creating two separate health care systems, according to a report released last week by the Obama administration. Democrat-leaning Kentucky, which has warmly embraced the ACA...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Leave Partisan Fold On Health Care And The Minimum Wage

By Lou Cannon As the nation's capital resumes its customary political gridlock, both political parties are turning to the states to advance national agendas. In the process of doing so, however, they are finding that they are far from united within their own ranks. Republicans in Washington want...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over ACA Federal Exchange Subsidy Availability

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Both sides faced critical questioning from Justice Anthony Kennedy during oral arguments March 4 in the case challenging the availability of subsidies in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) federal exchange ( David King, et al. v. Sylvia Mathew...

Top Court Cites Hobby Lobby In Vacating, Remanding ACA Accommodation Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 9 vacated a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opinion that denied the University of Notre Dame an injunction in its challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) accommodation process and remanded the case...

Ballard Spahr LLP: New Guidance on Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirements

By Edward I. Leeds The Internal Revenue Service has issued two lengthy sets of questions and answers on the requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers report on their compliance with the employer mandate and employees' qualification for exchange subsidies. The new guidance is divided...

Top Court Rejects Maine’s Challenge To ACA ‘Maintenance Of Effort’ Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The Supreme Court on June 8 denied the State of Maine’s petition challenging mandatory continued Medicaid coverage for older children under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s maintenance of effort requirements, according to the docket...

DLA Piper: Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies

By Anne Pachciarek and Rita M. Patel | On June 25, the US Supreme Court issued a 6-3 opinion in King v. Burwell upholding the Affordable Care Act’s subsidy scheme [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ] [lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs for this case ...