Obamacare for Employers in 87 Minutes

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka PPACA aka Obamacare) - it's a couple thousand pages of legislation. And, it frequently cross-references existing legislation, so it's not like you can sit down and "just" read the 2,000 pages and have any clue what's going ...

U.S. Healthcare Reform, Foreign Employers, and Employers of Foreign Workers

Since the landmark 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision in NFIB v. Sebelius [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ], largely upholding President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"), the U.S. government has been moving full...

State and Federal Governments Struggle over Health Care

The Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration's vaunted plan for overhauling the nation's health care system, will cost more, insure fewer people and probably take longer to implement than originally planned. States and the federal government are struggling to meet the deadlines for...

Notices to Employees of Availability of Health Insurance Through Exchanges

by Elise Klein & Joelle Sharman The Department of Labor recently issued guidance on how and when employers are to notify employees about the availability of state-run health insurance exchanges, and provided sample notices for employers to provide to their employees. Both large and small...

They're Heeeerrrreeee . . . Obamacare Exchanges Go Live

Just a quick reminder that the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business! I don't know what it says about me as a person that the first thing I did when I got up this morning was check out the new website to see what it looked like . . . . but that's what I did...

Questions about Obamacare, Covered California, and Tax or Not

California is the poster state for Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)). The majority of the California Legislature and Governor also made the decision for California to run its own insurance exchanges. So . . . the implementation and management of the Act will...

The Affordable Care Act: Two New Employer Responsibilities Went Into Effect on October 1, 2013

by Ann Kontner As this article is being written there is much uncertainty surrounding the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)” aka the “Affordable Care Act (ACA)” aka “Obamacare.” Whatever you call it, barring a major change, there are two steps...

7th Circuit Weighs in on Contraceptive Mandate

Well, the Circuit split widens in the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") contraception mandate litigation. On Friday, the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion in Korte v. Sebelius [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ]. It's a lengthy opinion, but the...

Model COBRA Election Notice Revised to Reflect ACA Provisions

by Sara E. Hauptfuehrer In May 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a guidance and a revised model COBRA election notice in anticipation of the approaching effective date of the insurance exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Specifically, beginning...

Ready for Anything: Adopting a Winning Strategy for ACA Compliance

Ancient tomes often guide modern times. For example, the 2,000-year-old military treatise The Art of War , attributed to the Chinese general-philosopher Sun Tzu, is cited regularly in contemporary political thinking, business tactics and legal strategies. Sun Tzu regarded war as a last resort but...

Obamacare Opinions Galore!

Wow, busy day for Obamacare Tuesday. The big story is that a circuit split developed in the span of a few hours. The gist of the issue is that the Obamacare statute (aka "Affordable Care Act") authorizes the government to subsidize health insurance for individuals who purchase a plan from an...

Klein and Sharman on King v. Burwell: Silence Will Likely Equal Deference in King v. Burwell

by Elise Klein and Joelle Sharman On November 7, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to answer the following question: whether the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") may promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through Exchanges established by...