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  • Challenges in ACA Compliance during the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Challenges in ACA Compliance during the Covid-19 Pandemic

    3 minute read: As businesses across the country shutter their doors, reduce their hours and move to remote working to comply with various state or local stay at home orders

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  • Federal Special Enrollment Period on the Horizon

    Federal Special Enrollment Period on the Horizon

    2 minute read: The Trump Administration is doing the unexpected and considering a special ACA enrollment period in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The special enrollment period will provide uninsured

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  • California Extends Special Enrollment Period

    California Extends Special Enrollment Period

    2 minutes read: Due to the enormous challenges the coronavirus crisis is imposing on our healthcare system, the state of California has extended its Special Enrollment period. Effective...

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  • The Trucking Industry Faces Challenges with AB5

    The Trucking Industry Faces Challenges with AB5

    3 minute read: California’s AB5 has changed the landscape on how independent contractors and employers work together. The trucking industry in particular faces unique challenges in adjusting to...

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  • Supreme Court to Rule on ACA Constitutionality

    Supreme Court to Rule on ACA Constitutionality

    2 minute read: The Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, for a second time. This unusual turn of events comes after the

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  • Employers Should Be Aware of IRS Advisory on High-Deductible Plans

    Employers Should Be Aware of IRS Advisory on High-Deductible Plans

    2 minute read: On March 11, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made an important announcement concerning high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and the Coronavirus known as COVID-19. The IRS

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  • ACA Changes Continue to Stabilize the Marketplace

    ACA Changes Continue to Stabilize the Marketplace

    3 minute read:  According to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), there will be an average of 4.5 insurers per state this year, up from 4.0 in 2019 and

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  • Employers Must Make PCORI Fee Payments in 2020

    Employers Must Make PCORI Fee Payments in 2020

    2 minute read: As part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 signed by the Trump Administration, PCORI fees were extended through September 30, 2029. Employers should keep a

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  • The Gig Economy Is Losing Ground in its Fight with AB5

    The Gig Economy Is Losing Ground in its Fight with AB5

    3 minute read: The passage and implementation of Assembly Bill 5 (“AB5”) in California has become a reckoning for employers who engage with large numbers of independent contractors and has

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  • California Health Exchange Welcomes New Enrollees Thanks to Individual Mandate

    California Health Exchange Welcomes New Enrollees Thanks to Individual Mandate

    2 minute read: As California finalizes its initial open enrollment results, the data shows the state’s Individual Mandate played a part in the higher turnout. According to Covered California, the

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  • ACA Paper Filing Submissions are Due to the IRS Today

    ACA Paper Filing Submissions are Due to the IRS Today

    2 minute read: Today is the IRS deadline for employers to provide paper filings of forms 1094-C and 1095-C to the IRS for the 2019 tax year as required by

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  • AIRs Portal Downtime Could Prove Problematic for Employers

    AIRs Portal Downtime Could Prove Problematic for Employers

    3 minute read: When submitting ACA filings to the IRSeach year, many employers elect to file electronically, due to the many benefits. What employers may be unaware of however, is

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  • No Statute of Limitations on Assessment of Employer Shared Responsibility Payment

    No Statute of Limitations on Assessment of Employer Shared Responsibility Payment

    2 minute read: The IRS Office of the Chief Counsel issued new field advice on February 24, 2020 (“Field Notice”) making it clear that there is no statute of limitations

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  • The IRS’s 1095 Forms For ACA Explained (Update)

    The IRS’s 1095 Forms For ACA Explained (Update)

    3 minute read: A number of changes were introduced to the health insurance marketplace with the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. From different reporting forms and health

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  • The Codes on Form 1095-C Explained

    The Codes on Form 1095-C Explained

    3 minute read: Every year Applicable Large Employers (“ALEs”) must file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS and furnish Forms 1095-C to employees considered full-time under the Affordable Care

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  • Why Monthly ACA Compliance is Critical for Avoiding IRS Penalties

    Why Monthly ACA Compliance is Critical for Avoiding IRS Penalties

    2 minute read: With the IRS expected to continue to ramp up enforcement of the ACA’s Employer Mandate this year, employers should recognize the importance of a monthly ACA compliance

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  • Proposed CMS Rule Could Reduce Number of Premium Tax Credits

    Proposed CMS Rule Could Reduce Number of Premium Tax Credits

    2 minute read: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has proposed a rule that would ensure that the agency doesn’t wrongfully provide health insurance subsidies, or Premium Tax Credits

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  • States Are Taking the ACA Into Their Own Hands

    States Are Taking the ACA Into Their Own Hands

    3 minute read: Several states and the District of Columbia are taking pains to make sure the Individual Mandate under the Patient and Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is

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  • Mark These 2020 Dates for 2019 ACA Reporting (UPDATE)

    Mark These 2020 Dates for 2019 ACA Reporting (UPDATE)

    3 minute read: Every year, the IRS requires employers to submit important ACA information to the agency and their employees. Here are some important dates to keep in mind for

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  • ACA Marketplace Continues to Stabilize in 2020

    ACA Marketplace Continues to Stabilize in 2020

    2 minute read: The 2020 open enrollment results for individuals enrolling through the Healthcare.gov platform are in, and the results indicate a strong and stabilizing health care system. A report

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