All Items: Employee Benefits

  • New ACA Birth Control Rules Issued in Response to Religious Objections

    29 August 2014

    New rules on the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate were published in light of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College decisions. Interim final rules provide an alternative way for religious nonprofits to provide notice of their objection to covering contraceptive services, and proposed rules cover accommodating closely held, for-profit companies with religious objections.

  • EEOC Files First ADA Challenge of Employer's Wellness Program

    28 August 2014

    The EEOC filed its first lawsuit directly challenging an employer's wellness program under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • California Aligns Health Insurance Waiting Periods With Affordable Care Act

    26 August 2014

    New California legislation, SB 1034, aligns state health insurance waiting periods with the federal Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) maximum 90-day waiting period. The state had previously established a 60-day cap.

  • IRS Releases Draft Forms for ACA Employer Reporting Requirements

    28 July 2014

    The IRS released drafts of the forms employers will use to report annually on the health care coverage they offer to their employees as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • Health Plans Dropping Contraceptive Coverage Required to Notify Plan Participants

    24 July 2014

    Closely held, for-profit corporations that choose to drop some or all contraceptive coverage from their health plans must notify plan participants and beneficiaries of the change. The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury published an FAQ on this notification requirement in light of the Supreme Court's Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision.

  • ACA Federal Exchange Subsidy: Federal Appeals Courts Rule for, Against Availability

    23 July 2014

    Two federal appeals courts issued opposing opinions on whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidy is available for health insurance purchased on the federal health care exchange.

  • Anti-Hobby Lobby Bills Proposed

    16 July 2014

    Democratic lawmakers propose bills to counter the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. The bills prohibit employers from refusing to provide health coverage, including contraceptive coverage, guaranteed to employees and dependents under federal law.

  • Supreme Court Issues Post-Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Mandate Injunction

    09 July 2014

    The Supreme Court issued an order temporarily enjoining enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate and related regulations, ruling that Wheaton College may refrain from certifying it has religious objections to the mandate pending appeal of its claim in a lower court.

  • PCORI Fee Due by July 31

    03 July 2014

    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) annual fee required by the Affordable Care Act is due by July 31, 2014, for 2013 calendar year self-insured plans.

  • Supreme Court Sides With Hobby Lobby in Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Coverage Case

    01 July 2014

    The Supreme Court ruled that closely held for-profit corporations do not have to provide access to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if they have religious objections to doing so.

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