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Williams Mullen: Preparing for the Unexpected: The Affordable Care Act’s Whistleblower Provision

By Mary Pivec and Igor M. Babichenko On February 27, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its interim final rule setting forth the procedures for handling complaints brought under the whistleblower provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). This whistleblower...

State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio Gov. Kasich Still Pushing Medicaid Expansion

The Ohio Legislature has been out on its summer recess for almost two weeks, but Gov. John Kasich (R) has not given up hope lawmakers will return to Columbus sooner than later to green light his call to expand the Buckeye State's Medicaid rolls. At a pro-expansion rally last week, Kasich reiterated...

State Net Capitol Journal: Changes Challenge ACA Implementation

By Rich Ehisen Faced with growing complaints from employers over the complexity of implementing the Affordable Care Act by next January, the Obama administration on July 2 announced it would postpone for one year enforcement of a provision of the law that requires large employers, those with 50 or...

House Blocks Health Care Act In Budget Negotiations; Senate To Take Up Measure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The U.S. Senate will meet at 2 p.m. today — 10 hours before a government shutdown deadline — to decide what to do after the Republican-controlled House approved legislation yesterday imposing a one-year delay of the Patient Protection and Affordable...

Negotiations Related To Health Care Act Fail; Government Shuts Down

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The federal government partially shut down just after midnight Oct. 1 after the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate continued to reject demands by the Republican-controlled House to impose a one-year delay of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Several Pro-Obamacare Measures

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 on Oct. 1, the same day the Golden State's exchange...

State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio Governor Decries ‘War on the Poor’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has ended months of wrangling with his own party over his desire to expand Medicaid last month, opting to have the state's little-used Controlling Board approve his proposal to accept $2.55 billion of federal funding to pay for it. The move will allow approximately 300,000...

State Net Capitol Journal: Medicaid Outpaces Private Insurance in ACA’s Opening Weeks

In May the Congressional Budget Office projected that as a result of the Affordable Care Act, nine million more Americans would enroll in Medicaid in 2014 and seven million would sign up for private health coverage through new health-insurance exchanges. In the initial weeks of the health reform law's...

High Court Agrees To Hear 2 Challenges To Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. —(Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 26 announced that it granted certiorari in two cases challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Both of the cases involve for-profit companies opposed to the mandate...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

DLA Piper LLP: Federal Court Sides With Government In First Interpretation Of ACA’s 60-day False Claims Act Rule

By Adam J. Rogers , Bradley M. Smyer and Karen Nelson | In a significant development for healthcare providers, a federal court in New York has adopted the government’s interpretation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) so-called 60-day rule, which governs...