Substance-Abuse Benefits under Affordable Care Act

One less-touted aspect of the Affordable Care Act is that it provides employers more tools for assisting employees with substance-abuse problems to seek help. According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 10% of America’s workers are dependent on one substance or another. The study also found that 3.1% have [...]

By | 2020-03-17T15:59:02-07:00 March 17th, 2020|Healthcare|0 Comments

New Rule Allows Employers to Pay Workers to Buy Their Own Health Coverage

The Trump administration has issued new rules that would allow employers to provide workers with funds in health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) that can be used to purchase health insurance on the individual market. The rule reverses a long-standing part of the Affordable Care Act that carried hefty fines of up to $36,500 a year per [...]

By | 2019-07-03T13:40:33-07:00 July 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DOJ Tells Court to Nullify ACA; What’s Next?

After a period of relative stability, the future of the Affordable Care Act has once again been thrown into uncertainty. In a surprise move, the Department of Justice announced that it would not further pursue an appeal of a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor, and instead asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court [...]

By | 2019-06-11T05:41:20-07:00 June 11th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

Insurers Will Pay Record Amount of Rebates to Small Group Plans

While most businesses rarely get rebate checks from their group health insurer, this year may be different as insurance companies are expected to pay back record excess premiums, as required by the Affordable Care Act. The landmark insurance law requires that insurers spend at least 80% of their premium income on medical care and medications, [...]

By | 2019-06-04T09:57:03-07:00 May 30th, 2019|Healthcare, Uncategorized|0 Comments

OSHA’s Anti-retaliation Rules for ACA

Do you know that Fed-OSHA has regulations on whistleblowing and employer retaliation under the Affordable Care Act? The rules set forth procedures and time frames for reporting and processing whistleblower complaints by employees against their employers and expand the instances in which an employee can sue their employer for retaliation under the ACA. […]

By | 2019-04-23T12:46:03-07:00 April 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Despite Ruling That ACA Is Invalid, the Law Stands for Employers

A ruling by a U.S. District Court judge in December 2018 that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional is not expected to stand but, if it does, the moves that have been made in the health insurance space to reduce costs, deliver better care outcomes and make the system more efficient would be expected to [...]

By | 2019-04-03T14:44:45-07:00 April 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Despite Ruling That ACA Is Invalid, the Law Stands for Employers

A ruling by a U.S. District Court judge in December 2018 that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional is not expected to stand but, if it does, the moves that have been made in the health insurance space to reduce costs, deliver better care outcomes and make the system more efficient would be expected to [...]

By | 2019-03-20T14:08:26-07:00 March 20th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

Proposed Rule Would Allow Employers to Reimburse Staff for Health Premiums

The Trump administration is moving ahead with new regulations that would make it easier for employers to enter into health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) with their employees, a practice that can be severely penalized under the Affordable Care Act. Under the proposed regulations – issued by the departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services [...]

By | 2019-03-13T00:55:14-07:00 March 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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