Updates – Tax Issues

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ERIC Urges Michigan Governor to Repeal Tax on Health Care Claims

In place since 2012, the one percent tax on health insurance claims (of both insured and self-insured plans) was paid by plan administrators for medical services rendered in the state to Michigan residents. ERIC had long held that the tax violated a provision of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which pre-empts state and local laws that relate to employee benefit plans… More

protected content Tax reform, Opioids, San Francisco, and More!

Let’s start with this: on the issue of protecting the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance, we win! For now… More

ERIC Teams with Business Groups to Ask Congress to Protect Employer-Sponsored Health Care

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), along with a robust group of other trade associations representing employers, sent a letter to members of Congress expressing support for legislation that continues funding for the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but also asking that the 178 million Americans who receive health insurance through their employer be provided relief from the ACA… More

protected content MHP, Emergency Centers, The HIT, New Reform Proposals and More!

Greetings from ERIC headquarters today, where we are preparing for a coming battle over ACA market stabilization, planning the ERIC Fall Policy Conference, and much more. I’ve got some quick hits for you today, so let’s get to it… More

protected content Health Reform Update, New Survey, Call TODAY, EMRs, and More!

Today’s missive includes updates on: 1) The latest on the American Health Care Act, 2) HHS request for regulatory change suggestions, 3) The government push for health information technology is under the microscope, 4) Looking at a different workplace wellness bill, 5) Recent Oliver Wyman health consumer survey, 6) Latest DRIVE Health advocacy, and 7) Recap of event with House E&C Chairman Walden… More

protected content UFAs Appear, AHCA Update, Individual Market Stability, Rx “Brand Penalties,” and More

There have been a number of developments in the past several days, so I wanted to make sure you all had the latest – no action needed, just info below. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you on Monday in NYC at the In-House Benefits Counsel Network conference, and to seeing many more of you next week at ERIC’s Spring Policy Meeting! Hopefully as many ERIC members as possible will be represented. Now let’s get to the updates… More

protected content Nominations Move, Individual Markets, Litigation Update, and More

Good afternoon. I hope everyone is having a good week. It’s been a pretty busy last 2 weeks, between the executive transition, drama in Congress over nominations, the GOP policy retreat, ERIC’s board meeting last week, and more. Not to mention, a new executive order, specifying that for every new regulation the Administration puts out, they have to eliminate two others! This update will attempt to keep everyone abreast of these ongoing developments… More

protected content Post-Election ACA Update, Upcoming (Health) Legal Developments Session, Etc.

What a week. Any number of surprises, developments, opportunities and challenges ahead… It’s a lot to take in. Today’s email won’t be a usual laundry list of minor updates. Instead, we’ll go through three things: (1) Next week: Legal Developments in Employee Benefits, (2) Update on future of ACA, and (3) Other upcoming health ERIC events. Here we go… More

2016 Election: What’s Next for Health Care

Now that the election is behind us, large employers can begin to contemplate what this will mean for the future of employer-sponsored health insurance… More

protected content New Law in San Francisco Imposes Restrictions on Health Care Reimbursements

San Francisco regulators are reminding employers that a 2014 city law imposing new restrictions on employers using health reimbursement arrangements to satisfy the city’s decade-old health care spending law will go fully into effect next year… More

protected content Michigan Governor Vetoes Repeal of Tax on Health Care Claims

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday vetoed legislation, S.B. 987, which would have repealed a tax on paid health care claims… More

With Failing Exchanges, Importance of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Growing

Today’s release of the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey highlights the growing importance of employer-sponsored health insurance plans… More

protected content TRP time, GOP open to ACA improvements, Clinton drug costs plan, MI claims tax update, and more

This week has been a whirlwind of activity here in Washington, as Congress rushes through a short post-Labor Day work period before going back home to campaign through October. The regulators have been quite busy as well, working to make sure I spend as much time as possible writing regulatory comments on your behalf… More

protected content Employer Mandate, HSA & MHP Bills Pass House, Study Knocks Wellness Premium Variation

I know some of you have begun receiving notices from exchanges that an employee has received a tax credit. Research suggests that these notices do not necessarily mean you’re going to be charged a shared responsibility fee… More

ERIC Highlights Importance of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Before Congress

ERIC today submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions of the Education and the Workforce Committee regarding the tax treatment of health care and the important role that employers serve in providing health care coverage to workers and their families… More

protected content New Poll Addresses Whether Companies are Keeping or Dropping Domestic Partner Benefits

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) released its third poll addressing how large employers are restructuring their benefit offerings to same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners… More

Government Issues Final Rules on ACA Cost-Sharing and Contraceptives; Ohio and Oregon Weigh In on State Taxes Post-DOMA

Late this past Friday afternoon, HHS and its pals issued final regulations on the rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that require the provision of certain preventive services without cost sharing… More

protected content Since When Do Trade Bills Increase Information Reporting Penalties?

Penalty increases for information returns and payee statements: turns out that the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 wasn’t just about trade… More

Obergefell v. Hodges Decision
ERIC President/CEO Annette Guarisco Fildes Comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision

Today’s decision means that same sex marriages must be recognized throughout the U.S. Because of this, more employees will be able to marry and provide benefits for their spouses on a tax-free basis. … More

protected content IRS Posts New 2014 Forms and Instructions for ACA Reporting

The IRS has released the final forms and instructions employers may use to voluntarily report the health coverage they offered their employees in 2014. … More

protected content IRS Releases Initial Guidance on the ACA Cadillac Tax

Today IRS and the Treasury issued Notice 2015-16, which is intended to “initiate and inform” us about the potential application of the Cadillac tax under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).… More

protected content What to Do with the ACA?  Review of Republican Alternative

Three Congressional Republicans, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on February 5 released a narrative of their ideas for an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

protected content Review of Health Provisions Included in President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget

Today the president released his proposed budget ideas for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts this coming October 1. From my vantage point … More

protected content SCOTUS Accepts ACA Exchange Subsidy Case for Review

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday decided to accept an appeal from a case decided by the 4th Circuit Court to debate, once again, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This time the issue before the Court will be whether individuals participating in federally run Exchanges (as opposed to state-run Exchanges) may receive federal tax subsidies for the purchase of health insurance … More

protected content Pop up IRS ACA Guidance and House Passes Bill Repealing Medical Device Tax

Yesterday was a Big Day on the Health Front – three new IRS notices and House-only repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) excise tax on medical devices. … More

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