Health Care Costs

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    The enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 began an extended period during which far-reaching changes to the American healthcare system started taking effect. The provisions of the ACA go into effect over several years. Immediate Reforms The ACA included several provisions that immediately affected employers by subjecting health...

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    The legal underpinnings of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are complex, but the bottom line is very clear for employers: Nothing has changed. The law, which went into effect March 23, 2010, and has been in effect ever since, remains wholly intact. But what does the Court's decision...
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    Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has passed U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny, you need to understand and be ready to deal with the requirements of the new law. History of the Act A lot of folks were betting that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down all or part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),...
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    Q I have read commentary in the press about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the "individual mandate" provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare." Iunderstand that the purpose of the provision is to require most Americans to purchase minimum essential healthcare insurance coverage so that the burden of...
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    In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court voted on June 28 to uphold the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) as constitutional. Much has been written about the constitutional underpinnings for the divided Supreme Court decision. We'll spare you more legal analysis and instead focus on what the Court's ruling means for Maine employers. Given the...
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    On July 12, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wrote an extensive op-ed in the Washington Post outlining his concerns about the Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or "Obamacare") and its potential impact on Wisconsin. That same day, Governor Walker made the following statement, which was quoted in the Post: "We still haven't made a final...
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    Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has passed U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny, you need to understand and be ready to deal with the requirements of the new law. History of the Act A lot of folks were betting that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down all or part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),...
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    Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question. —Alexis de TocquevilleDemocracy in America (1835) The Federal Government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance. Section 5000A would therefore be unconstitutional if read as...
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    As evidenced by the more than 7,000 lawsuits filed in 2011, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issues continue to be very much in the news. One of the areas that causes problems for employers is making improper deductions from an employee's pay. Employers should take a closer look at what type of deductions legally can be made from an employee's pay...
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    As part of healthcare reform, a new dollar limit on benefits available under the popular employee health flexible spending account (FSA) takes effect in 2013. The IRS recently issued guidance intended to help employers and employees comply with the new requirement. Background Under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, an...
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