Legislative News

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  • ACA Repeal on Hold

    By Susan Rupe

    The Senate voted down a so-called "skinny repeal" of the ACA. It was the latest blow to President Donald Trump's agenda and at least the third time in a week that Senate Republicans had failed to reach a consensus on repealing and replacing the health care bill. Read More…

  • SIIA Legislation Passes U.S. House of Representatives

    After several years of broad SIIA advocacy efforts, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1304, the Self-Insurance Protection Act (SIPA), this month by a vote of 400 to 16. Read More…

  • Trump Executive Order On ACA: What It Won’t Do, What It Might Do, And When

    On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. True to his word, on his first day in office he issued an executive order addressing the Affordable Care Act. It may not be, however, all that his supporters expected. Read More…

  • ACA Update: Opposing Employer Health Taxes

    The Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA) recently urged policymakers to oppose additional efforts to create other tax burdens upon the employer based health care system. Read More…

  • IRS Extends ACA Reporting Due Dates

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced December 28, 2015 a limited extension of the early 2016 due dates for the 2015 information reporting requirements for employers and insurers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This marks the first year that employers and insurers are required to report certain information about health coverage to employees, other individuals and the IRS. The IRS will begin accepting applications in January. Read more about t Read More…

  • Cadillac Tax Delayed Until 2020

    An omnibus bill that delays the Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac tax" was passed by Congress on December 18.  The bill included two important providing related to the Cadillac tax. First, the implementation is now delayed by two years, effective starting in 2020. Second, it allows the tax to now be considered a deductible expense for tax purposes. As a reminder, the Cadillac tax would impose a 40% excise tax on the portion of group health plan costs that exceed $10,200 for single cover Read More…

  • Automatic Enrollment for Health Plans Repealed

    On November 2, 2015, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 1314, the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,” which, among other things, repealed the auto-enrollment requirement from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under that provision, employers that are subject to the FLSA and which employed more than 200 full-time employees would have been required to automatically enroll new full-time employees in one of the employer’s health benefits plans (subject to any waiting period authorized by law). Certai Read More…

  • Congress Approves Substantive Change to the ACA

    This month, Congress approved legislation that would make the biggest change to date to a key provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regarding the definition of the small group health insurance market. In late September, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act, which would allow states to choose whether to expand the small group market to include businesses with up to 100 employees, effectively halting the ma Read More…

  • Transition to ICD-10

    By Lisa Maresca

    On October 1, 2015, a key element of the data foundation of the United States’ health care system will undergo a major transformation. We will transition from the decades-old Ninth Edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) set of diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes, to the far more contemporary Tenth edition of those code sets—or ICD-10—used by most developed countries throughout the world. The transition will have major impact on anyone who uses health care informatio Read More…

  • FUTA Tax Rate Increase

    By ADP Research Institute

    Employers in seven states and the U.S. Virgin Islands will pay an increased Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) rate in January 2015 due to unpaid federal loans. The increase will be based on Read More…

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