HEALTH CARE UPDATES


SENATE RELEASES DRAFT ACA REPLACEMENT BILL

Axion RMS Jun 27, 2017 0 Comments
On June 22, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a draft of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The Senate bill closely mirrors the proposal passed in the House of Representatives—the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—with some differences. Senate Releases Draft ACA Replacement Bill 7.5.17

Affordability Percentages will Decrease for 2018

Axion RMS May 25, 2017 0 Comments
On May 5, 2017, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2017-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2018 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the ACA. For the first time since these rules were enacted, the affordability contribution percentages have been reduced. This ACA Compliance Bulletin describes the adjusted percentages. Affordability Percentages Will Decrease for 2018 5-17-17  

House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills

Axion RMS Mar 08, 2017 0 Comments
Overview: On March 6, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills, collectively known as the American Health Care Act, to repeal and replace the ACA. This ACA Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the new legislation. House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills 3-7-17

House Republicans Release ACA Replacement Plan

Axion RMS Feb 22, 2017 0 Comments
Overview: On Feb. 16, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued a policy brief describing it's intended approach for replacing the ACA. This ACA Compliance Bulletin summarizes the policy brief, which provides valuable insight into how many aspects of the current health care system, including employer plan rules, could be impacted. House Republicans Release ACA Replacement Plan 2-21-17

January 2017 – Benefits Buzz

Axion RMS Jan 05, 2017 0 Comments
Overview:  This month's Benefits Buzz discusses the latest developments with the overtime rule delay, highlights the delayed ACA reporting deadlines and provides a brief overview of President-elect Donald Trump's plan for his first 100 days in office. benefits-buzz-january-2017

Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court

Axion RMS Dec 15, 2016 0 Comments
Overview: On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction, halting the enforcement of the Department of Labor's (DOL) new overtime rule until further notice. overtime-rule-blocked-11-29-16  

2016 Election – Impact on Compliance Issues

Axion RMS Nov 14, 2016 0 Comments
Overview: After hard-fought campaigns by both candidates, Republican candidate Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States. Trump’s victory in the election, along with Republican majorities retained in both the Senate and House of Representatives, will likely have a significant impact on a number of compliance issues over the next four years. During his campaign, Trump called for a repeal of President Barack Obama’s hallmark health care reform legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In addition, Trump’s victory raises uncertainty over the future of other policies enacted under President Obama, including the new overtime requirements under the Fair...

Employer Appeals of Exchange Subsidy Notices

Axion RMS Aug 12, 2016 0 Comments
Overview Employers have started receiving notices from Health Insurance Marketplaces (or Exchanges) when their employees are eligible for Marketplace health insurance subsidies. Many employers are uncertain about what actions to take after receiving a notice. This ACA Compliance Bulletin outlines best practices for dealing with these notices. Employer Appeals of Exchange Subsidy Notices 07.13.16

EEOC Finalizes Wellness Rules Under ADA and GINA

Axion RMS May 20, 2016 0 Comments
OVERVIEW On May 16, 2016, the EEOC issued final rules that describe how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to employer-sponsored wellness programs. The final rules provide long-awaited guidance on how to structure wellness programs without violating the ADA or GINA. This Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the EEOC’s final wellness program rules. his or her current or past health status as part of the employer’s wellness program.   EEOC Finalizes Wellness Rules under ADA and GINA 5.16

Sample Employee letter – Forms 1095-B and 1095-C

Axion RMS Jan 26, 2016 0 Comments
Below please find a sample employee letter that can be used in educating your employees on the forms that they will be receiving with the ACA reporting requirements. In summary, the forms they will be receiving is based on employer size and whether the plan is fully insured or self-funded.
  • Employees of largefully insured employers (50+ EEs) will be receiving both forms. 1095-B from their Health Insurance Provider and 1095-C from their employer
  • Employees of large self-insured employers will just receive the 1095-C from their employer
  • Employees of small (< 50 employees) self-funded plans will receive the 1095-C form from their employer.
These forms do not...