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Legislative Update: Recent Developments in the Federal ACA Appeal

Written by Julia Goebel | January 5, 2019

Recently we wrote about the decision by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in which he found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. To catch up on what this means for employers and insurance producers, as well as links to the legal decision in the federal record, review our commentary published here last month.

Now to the latest development:

While Judge O'Connor's December 14, 2018 decision is reviewed by higher courts through the appeals process, O'Connor issued a stay on his own ruling, on December 30, 2018. Read on to explore what this means to employers and covered individuals.

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[Infographic] 2019 ACA Reporting Deadlines for the 2018 ACA Reporting Year

Written by Julia Goebel | December 16, 2018

As of this writing, a recent decision on December 15, 2018 by a federal court in Texas challenges the constitutionality of the ACA. Legal buffs can read the entire decision here. 

However, this decision is certain to be appealed in higher courts, and as the Associated Press (AP) states: 

"While the decision by the Republican-appointed judge in Texas was sweeping, it has little immediate practical impact because the Affordable Care Act remains in place while the legal battle continues, possibly to the Supreme Court."

The resolution is certain to be months in the making. And with that, the counsel of benefitexpress experts to employers and brokers is to continue with plans to meet the compliance requirements of the ACA, in order to avoid being assessed penalties by the IRS.

Use this infographic to mark these key 2019 IRS filing dates for the 2018 ACA reporting year. Print and post for your own reference -- and share with colleagues.

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3 Ways the GOP Tax Bill Impacts Employee Benefits

Written by Rick Bakewell | January 8, 2018

In late December last year, the new tax bill, formerly titled "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," was signed into effect. The 500+ page bill will have far-reaching impact across multiple industries. Particular focus has been placed on how the bill modifies employee benefits, including the Affordable Care Act. With that in mind, here are three key ways the bill will affect employee benefits in 2018.

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Webinar | Determining Full Time Status for ACA

Written by benefitexpress | December 7, 2017

This webinar will help you identify different ways to determine full-time status for ACA.

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Legislative Update | Trump's ACA Executive Order

Written by benefitexpress | October 16, 2017

On October 12, Trump signed an Executive Order to "reform the United States healthcare system to take the first steps to expand choices and alternatives to [ACA] plans," he announced in a White House press release.

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IRS Releases Updated ACA Reporting Forms

Written by benefitexpress | October 6, 2017

The IRS has released their updated forms for the 2017 plan year, along with updated instructions. This is what you need to know.

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Webinar | Compliance Countdown: Discussion Notes for ACA Reporting

Written by benefitexpress | September 29, 2017

Following the week's news of the Graham-Cassidy bill's demise, it is time to make plans for ACA compliance. Our benefit experts discussed about our robust solution for ACA compliance and reporting.

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Compliance Check: Becoming an Applicable Large Employer

Written by benefitexpress | September 27, 2017

As a benefits pro, you're an invaluable resource for your employees and clients. But what do you do when even you don't have the answers? Call in the compliance expert at benefitexpress, Larry Grudzien, for a Compliance Check.

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IRS to Employers: "The ACA [Is] Still in Force"

Written by benefitexpress | September 20, 2017

On January 20th, an executive order directed agencies to reduce potential burdens on employers due to the Affordable Care Act. That announcement kicked off a series of dialogues, predictions, and proposals that left employers wondering how to proceed. It was widely speculated that the IRS would not enforce ACA reporting this year, and employers could disregard the individual and employer mandate requirements without fear of penalties. This is not the case.

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New Tool Compares ACA Repeal/Replace Proposals

Written by benefitexpress | July 14, 2017

By now, you've heard of the major ACA repeal proposals: the House's American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Industry news sites have covered the struggle to pass repeal measures. The House passed the AHCA on May 4th, but the bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate. The Senate still lacks the votes to pass their own version, the BCRA, and revised the bill yesterday.

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