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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains the current law and there will be no changes to that law until the U.S. Congress makes changes through the legislative process, and the U.S. President signs that legislation into law.  AHCA/NCAL will keep its membership apprised of any ACA reform immediately if it occurs in the future.

 
 

 Latest News

 
IRS Extends Deadline for Employers to Provide 1095 B & C Forms to Employees
The IRS has published a notice extending the 2018 due date for certain employers and health coverage providers to furnish 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals. Read more>>
 
President’s Executive Order Paves the Way for the Creation of New Health Care Plans
President Trump issued an executive order earlier this month that would allow federal agencies to propose new guidance and reduce existing restrictions on so-called association health plans and on selling lower cost short-term insurance. Read more>>
 
ACA Mandates Remain in Effect 
The U.S. Senate did not secure enough votes last week to modify the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it is very unlikely that there will be much - if any - action on health care for the next few weeks. This means that the individual and employer mandates under the ACA remain the law of the land, even though it is not clear at this point how all the ACA’s provisions will be enforced by the Administration. Read more>>
 
ACA Interactive Tool: Repeal and Replace Proposals Available
The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new interactive tool that enables users to create side-by-side comparisons of major ACA alternative plans.  According to the Foundation, with the tool, users can compare the plans’ approaches to more than a dozen key areas of health policy, including individual insurance market rules, requirements and provisions for employers, benefit design, Medicaid, and Medicare. Read more>>
 
ACA Replacement Could Take a Year
According to a February 5 Fox News Bill O’Reilly interview, President Trump noted that the Obamacare replacement could go into next year. This timetable is a more cautious one over what the President has said in the past. Read more>>
 
Filing Deadlines for Mandatory IRS Forms are Approaching
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set the deadlines for mandatory forms required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that must be completed by an applicable large employer – employers with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents. For calendar year 2016, Forms 1094-C and 1095-C are required to be filed with the IRS by February 28, 2017 or March 31, 2017 (if filing electronically.) Read more>>
 
Trump Administration Intent to Repeal ACA
On the first day of President Trump’s Administration, he signed an executive order, Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal, which makes clear the Administration’s intent to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more>>
 
ACA Repeal Process Begins on Capitol Hill
Last week, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved a budget resolution that begins the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to a January 13, 2017, Morning Consult article by Mary Ellen McIntire, “The vote on the budget framework formally instructs four congressional committees to begin drafting reconciliation legislation that would repeal Obamacare.” Read more>>
 
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Introduces Budget Resolution Including Affordable Care Act Repeal
On January 3, 2017, the Senate Budget Committee Chairman, Mike Enzi, introduced a budget resolution that includes instructions to Congressional committees with health jurisdiction to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It did not offer details though for a replacement plan, which GOP leaders have said will come after the ACA is repealed. Debate on the resolution is expected to start today. Read more>>
 
IRS Extends Deadlines for New Mandatory Forms for Employers with 50 or more FTEs
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the 2017 due date for employers and coverage providers to furnish information statements to individuals. The due dates to file those returns with the IRS are not extended. This IRS chart provides the 2017 reporting due dates… Read more>>
 
New Survey Finds High Deductible Health Plans Gain Popularity with Workers
A new survey from Kaiser Family Foundation (Kaiser) finds that more workers are opting for high deductible health plans (HDHPs) with 29 percent of workers electing such plans in 2016 as compared to 20 percent in 2014. High deductible plans are compatible with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or are tied to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and feature lower average health insurance premiums than other plan types. Read more>>
 
IRS Offers Social Media Resources to Help With Affordable Care Act Compliance
At IRS.gov/aca, employers and taxpayers will find frequently asked questions, legal guidance, and links to other useful sites. The IRS also offers a number of social media tools to find information about the health care law, including a video and other updates on Twitter and easy to use online tools. Read more>>
 
IRS Issues Mid-Year Affordable Care Act Reminder
A new tax tip from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds employers that the size and structure of their workforces determine which part of the health care law applies to their workforces.   Work forces typically fluctuate, so it’s important to annually determine the size of your workforce. Read more>>
 
New Online Tools Help Employers Estimate Health Care Law’s Effect on Taxes
A new tax tip from the Internal Revenue Service announces the availability of two new electronic estimator tools for employers.  The new tools come from the IRS’ Taxpayer Advocate Service. Read more>>
 
One Employee, Two Employees, Three Employees, Four…
A new tax tip from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds employers of the importance of knowing  how many full-time employees they have because two provisions of the Affordable Care Act – employer shared responsibility and employer information reporting for offers of minimum essential coverage – apply only to applicable large employers (ALEs).  Whether an organization is an ALE for a particular calendar year depends on the size of its workforce in the preceding calendar year. Read more>>

Employer Deadlines are Approaching for Filing 1094-B&C and 1095 –B&C Forms with the IRS 
All applicable large employers – employers with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents – must provide the Internal Revenue Service must file their paper 1095-C forms by May 31 or E-file with the IRS by June 30 according to a recent IRS announcement reminding employers of the upcoming deadlines. Read more>>

IRS Health Care Law Webinars Available for Employers and Health Coverage Providers
According to a May 3 email update from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), “Employers and health coverage providers have access to newly updated webinars from the IRS. These recorded webinars explain the employer provisions, information reporting, and related tax requirements that are part of the Affordable Care Act. Read more>>
 
 

 Key Legal Decisions

 
House v Burwell - In May 2016, a federal district court in DC ruled that funds to pay cost-sharing subsidies to health insurers under Section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had never been appropriated by Congress. In her opinion, Judge Rosemary Collyer concluded that this was unlawful [5/12/16]. The federal government is appealing the decision.
 
King v Burwell – Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congress made premium tax-credit subsidies available nationwide on both state- and federally-run exchanges. (US Supreme Court [6/25/15])

Burwell v Hobby Lobby -
Under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), closely-held for-profit corporations cannot be required by the ACA to provide group health plan coverage of certain kinds of contraceptives that the corporations' owners find religiously objectionable. (US Supreme Court [6/30/14])

National Federation of Independent Business v Sebelius -
Provisions under the ACA, that require most Americans to buy health insurance (the individual mandate) and expand the scope of Medicaid, are valid exercises of Congress's power under the taxing and spending clauses of the Constitution. The federal government, however, cannot coerce individual states to participate in Medicaid expansion by threatening to withdraw all of their Medicaid funding. (US Supreme Court [6/28/12])
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 Insurance Solutions

 

AHCA/NCAL is pleased to announce the AHCA/NCAL Insurance Solutions, LLC. Our new insurance agency is dedicated to providing members with ACA compliant insurance solutions for both fully insured and self-insured groups of any size. Insurance Solutions is a full service insurance agency exclusive to AHCA/NCAL Members. AHCA/NCAL Insurance Solutions provides members with a full array of competitive insurance products. Contact us today to see what the AHCA/NCAL Insurance Solutions, LLC can do to meet your company’s insurance needs. For more information, visit ahcancal.org/insurance​ or contact AHCAinsurancesolutions@ahca.org

 

 Important Deadlines

 

Review this timeline​ to learn about the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that have or will be implemented. You may also view this at-a-glance version.

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