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Ballard Spahr LLP: Student Employees Under The Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate
Posted on 12 Nov 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States Laboratories Of Health Care Finance
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

Under a program created by the Affordable Care Act called the State Innovation Models Initiative, six states — Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont — began testing new health care financing models this year. Colorado... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Several Pro-Obamacare Measures
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 by State Net

The rollout of health benefits exchanges was pretty bumpy across the nation last Tuesday, but that didn't stop California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) from throwing his full support behind the Affordable Care Act. Brown signed 10 health care-related bills... Read More

Top Court Cites Hobby Lobby In Vacating, Remanding ACA Accommodation Ruling
Posted on 9 Mar 2015 by Bryan Redding

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... Read More

High Court Affirms Availability Of Tax Credits In ACA Federal Exchange
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Bryan Redding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s structure suggests the availability of tax subsidies in the federal exchange, and Congress could not have intended the state insurance market “death... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: California Ponders Health Insurance Rate Regulation
Posted on 29 Sep 2014 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Alaska Gov. Parnell Rejects Medicaid Expansion
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

Calling the ongoing rollout of the Affordable Care Act "a failed experiment," Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) announced The Last Frontier State will not expand Medicaid eligibility in line with the law. "I believe a costly Medicaid expansion... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over ACA Federal Exchange Subsidy Availability
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by Bryan Redding

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... Read More

Williams Mullen: Supreme Court Upholds ACA Premium Assistance Nationwide
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Williams Mullen

By: Brydon M. DeWitt This morning [June 25], the Supreme Court ruled that Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits will remain available to individuals residing in states that did not establish their own health insurance marketplaces. In King... Read More

Study Finds States With Expanded Medicaid Experiencing Bump In ER Volume
Posted on 11 Sep 2014 by Bryan Redding

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,... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States Offer A Tightly Stretched Lifeline For Obamacare
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

By Lou Cannon | Obamacare is clinging to existence. After the bungled rollout of the federal health care website and President Obama's contrite admission that he misled millions of Americans into believing they could keep their insurance policies... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Health Exchange Enrollments Lag In First Month
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

Only three states — Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York — reached their enrollment targets in the first month of open enrollment in the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. All three states, which run their... Read More

HHS Issues Alteration To ACA Contraceptive Mandate Accommodation Rule
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 by Bryan Redding

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... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: IRS Issues Draft ACA Reporting Forms
Posted on 8 Aug 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More