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A federal judge in Texas released his long-awaited decision last Friday in the lawsuit brought by a coalition of Republican State Attorneys General and Governors challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. We first discussed the lawsuit here in September when the judge was hearing arguments.
In federal policy news, the midterm elections are (nearly) over, with a new Democrat-led US House of Representatives and a Republican-led Senate set to be seated for the first time on January 3. North Carolina’s 9th District US Representative will be noticeably absent from the new Congress as investigations continue…
A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is an employer-established account that allows them to reimburse a portion of the member’s out-of-pocket costs, usually while meeting the deductible on their health plan. Under the current regulations established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, HRAs are only allowed in conjunction with…
With unemployment at historic lows and student debt at historic highs, it’s no wonder that employers are considering fresh types of benefits plans to attract talent. Some companies are offering student loan repayment benefits linked to their 401(k) plans, a practice which recently received a green light from the IRS…
Monday, 24 September 2018 15:05

The Fate of ACA Depends on a Texas Courtroom

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The partisan battle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) heated up once again during the first week of September, when Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth, Texas heard arguments from Republican attorneys general stating that the ACA is unconstitutional. Although it may take a few weeks or even months for…
On July 25, 2018, the House of Representatives passed two health care bills, H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311, that would make significant changes to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). Republicans are pushing to expand HSA usage with a number of Democrats leaning…
Monday, 16 July 2018 12:54

Association Health Plans? Yes, No, Maybe

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The expansion of Association Health Plans (AHPs) has arrived. The U.S. Department of Labor announced regulations that will allow these plans to become effective as early as September 2018. AHPs allow small business to band together to purchase health insurance. Continue reading to understand whether these Association Health Plans might…
Monday, 14 May 2018 09:48

The Latest ACA Regulatory Changes

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The final Affordable Care Act provisions for 2019 have been released and they are in line with the regulations proposed on October 27, 2017. The provisions primarily concern the out-of-pocket maximums, Essential Health Benefits (EHBs), and the Marketplace.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:24

FMLA Tax Credit 2018

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The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) provides employees of companies with 50 or more workers up to 12 weeks of protected unpaid leave annually for their own serious health condition, for the adoption or birth of a child or to care for a spouse, child, or parent…
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 14:59

The Ever-Changing World of ACA Taxes

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There are several healthcare-related taxes that employers have been responsible for under the Affordable Care Act. Some have gone through a sunset while others continue, and some were given a temporary holiday and were scheduled to start anew in 2018. Following a short government shut-down, President Trump signed a short-term…
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