Hawaii Plans Its Own Changes

Notwithstanding amendments to the SHOP by PACE (above), the state of Hawaii is moving forward with its own Affordable Care Act waiver application to the federal government.  The Aloha State has had its own comprehensive health care law on the books since 1974.  The Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act requires that any employee who works…

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FDA Delays Menu Labeling

The menu labeling mandate which was to take effect on December 1, 2015 has been delayed by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for another year, now not becoming effective until December 1, 2016.  In announcing the delay to the compliance date of another year, the FDA acknowledged that it needed the extra time to…

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ACA Reporting Requirements

With all the various legal hurdles now having been cleared, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and consequently, employer reporting requirements are now kicking in.  The IRS has issued a number of draft reporting forms and certain large employers will be required to submit their reports electronically.  Consequently, employers are well…

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Obamacare Confirmed, Restaurant Industry Wants Changes

In the wake of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision ratifying the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, the National Restaurant Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants and a host of other industry groups advocate that Congress change the law to make it more workable for all affected industries.   Although most of these groups have opposed the ACA…

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SCOTUS Upholds ACA & IRS Ends Reimbursements

Notwithstanding the big news in today’s papers that the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided in the King v. Burwell decision to uphold the funding mechanisms for the Affordable Care Act, Internal Revenue Service rules next week officially end the transitional exemption from the excise penalty for a small employer (generally less than 50 employees or…

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Making Sense of Healthcare Law Requirements

March 23rd marked five-years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law and it has already had a significant impact on how employers offer health insurance coverage to employees. Employers with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent (FTE) employees are known as Applicable Large Employers (ALE) and are subject to the…

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Delay Sought In Small Business Insurance Requirement

Major small business representatives formally requested that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) delay moving businesses with between 51 and 99 employees into the small group market, subjecting them to additional benefit and premium rating requirements.  For employers with between 51 and 99 employees, the law contained a provision allowing them 2 full…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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Challenge to Obama Care Tax Credits Heard by SCOTUS

The US Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments this week on the issue of tax credits being utilized in the Affordable Care Act.  The issue stems from language in the health care law (“We have to pass the health care bill so we can find out what’s in it.” – then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi) that authorizes a…

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IRS Delays Health Care Penalties

The ever moving target of understanding the implications (good or bad) of the Affordable Care Act mandates has apparently moved again, as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last week announced yet another delay in its implementation.  Under the regulations, employers that offered health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for employees buying individual health insurance policies could have…

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