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Executive Order Issued to Strengthen the ACA

Aimed at strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, President Biden signed an executive order on January 28 that directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to … Continued

EEOC Issues Opinion Letter on ICHRAs and the ADEA

In 2020, Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) gained popularity as many employers faced tough employer-sponsored health care coverage options. As with all new offerings, as more individuals become covered … Continued

PCORI Fee Amount Adjusted for 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the adjusted Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for 2021. As such, for plan years beginning on or after October 1, 2020 and … Continued

Final Rule on Health Care Transparency Issued

On October 29, 2020, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, along with the Treasury Department issued the final rule regarding health care transparency requirements for group health plans … Continued

ACA Pay or Play Penalties Will Increase for 2021

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) establishes under Section 4980H penalties for applicable large employers (ALEs), i.e., those with 50 or more full-time employees (FTEs) who do not: Offer coverage that … Continued

DOL Releases New Model Employer CHIP Notice

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was established under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, and most recently extended through federal fiscal year 2027 under the Helping Ensure Access for … Continued

PCORI Fee Amount Adjusted for 2020

In December 2019, a federal spending bill reinstated the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee that was set to expire, as such the PCORI fee has been reinstated through 2029. … Continued