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Trump Administration Proposes to Expand Association Health Plans; Congress Targets Employer Mandate

January 23, 2018

Trump Administration Proposes to Expand Association Health Plans; Congress Targets Employer Mandate

The Trump Administration and Republicans in Washington are continuing their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act after failing to directly repeal the law last year.

Congress Further Delays Healthcare "Cadillac Tax"

January 23, 2018

Congress Further Delays Healthcare "Cadillac Tax"

An under-the-radar component of the legislation Congress passed on Jan. 22 to end the three-day government shutdown was a provision to delay implementation of the excise tax on high-cost employer health coverage (known as the "Cadillac tax" for an additional two years, until 2022.

Employer Mandate Penalty Notices Reportedly Forthcoming

November 14, 2017

Employer Mandate Penalty Notices Reportedly Forthcoming

NATSO has learned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may be starting to send out notices to employers regarding potential tax liability under the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") employer mandate for calendar year 2015. Calendar year 2015 was the first year of reporting under the 6055 and 6056 reporting requirements (forms 1094 and 1095). The data for 2015 calendar year reporting was due to the IRS in March of 2016. The IRS has been reconciling this data and this is why the 2015 notices are being sent.

Legislation Introduced to Streamline Employer Reporting Requirements Under Affordable Care Act

October 3, 2017

Legislation Introduced to Streamline Employer Reporting Requirements Under Affordable Care Act

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation Oct. 3 that seeks to streamline the employer reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), to make it more flexible and less burdensome for employers.

House of Representatives Passes Healthcare Reform Legislation

May 5, 2017

House of Representatives Passes Healthcare Reform Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed its Obamacare "repeal and replace" legislation on May 4. The legislation effectively eliminates the employer and employee mandates; replaces Obamacare’s with tiered tax credits (increasing with age); allows states to apply for waivers to define their own essential health benefit requirements; expands the limits for Health Savings Account; discontinues Medicaid expansion in 2020; and repeals most of Obamacare’s taxes. The legislation also would delay implementation of the Cadillac Tax by five years, from 2020 to 2025, and it preserves the tax exclusion for employer sponsored insurance.

Employers Want Rollback of HealthCare Law Employer Mandate, Survey Finds

April 15, 2016

Employers Want Rollback of HealthCare Law Employer Mandate, Survey Finds

Nearly 70 percent of employers want a rollback of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate, according to a new survey from global consulting firm, Mercer. More than 80 percent of the 644 employers polled cited significant additional administrative burdens as one of their chief complaints, with 51 percent classifying the administrative burdens as “very significant.”

Government Issues Proposed Rule on Healthcare Law's Employer Mandate

January 7, 2013

Government Issues Proposed Rule on Healthcare Law's Employer Mandate

Less than one year remains before most businesses will be required to offer health benefits to their workers as part of President Obama's healthcare law, and the Department of Treasury and IRS have moved forward on implementing the law's employer mandate provision, publishing a 144-page proposed regulation that outlines employers' responsibilities and coverage requirements. The regulation details requirements for full-time, part-time and seasonal workers along with how the employer mandate penalty is calculated.

Small Businesses Remain Concerned Over Health Care Law

September 1, 2012

Small Businesses Remain Concerned Over Health Care Law

Expert explore costs of the recently upheld the health care law.