Health Care Reform

IRS Extends Due Dates for 2015 ACA Reporting

Employers have gotten an early New Year’s gift from the IRS. On December 28, 2015, the IRS released Notice 2016-4 to extend due dates for the 2015 information reporting required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers will have an additional two months to furnish forms to individuals and an extra three months to file forms with the IRS. Read…

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2016 Compliance Checklist

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted over four years ago. Many of these key reforms became effective in 2014 and 2015, including health plan design changes, increased wellness program incentives and the employer shared responsibility penalties. Additional reforms take effect in 2016 for employers sponsoring…

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Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act: Employer Mandate Penalties Delayed Until 2015

The Obama Administration has postponed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate penalties for one year, until 2015. The Department of the Treasury announced the delay on July 2, 2013, along with a similar delay for information reporting by employers, health insurance issuers and self-funded plan sponsors. The delay does not affect any other provision of the ACA, including individuals’…

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New FCRA Forms, New Enforcement Agency

With little fanfare, the one-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has become the chief enforcer of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and has issued revised FCRA forms employers and consumer reporting agencies must start using no later than Jan. 1, 2013. …

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Health Care & the 2012 Election

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that the cost of health care and health insurance will be an important factor in their vote this November. According to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 44 percent of Americans said the cost of health care concerns them more than almost any other issue — only the job situation concerns more people (59 percent). And 73 percent said both the cost of health care and the future of Medicare would play an important role in their vote for president….

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Affordable Care Act: What HR Managers Need to Know

As we round the corner and closer to the last quarter of the year, HR managers and directors should heed these 4 words of advice: “Get informed, get educated.” There are several Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) highlights that HR managers should know now…

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