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KING V. BURWELL RESOURCES
On June 25, the Supreme Court ruled (6-3) that the federal health insurance subsidies shall remain available to individuals in the 37 states usingwww.healthcare.gov. This decision means that the major coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act will proceed as planned. NBCH will continue work to ensure that implementation of this and other substantive laws reflect the needs of our membership.
As this ruling leads toward a focus on implementation, NBCH is providing this new section on our website to gather the most recent headlines and resources on the topic to offer you additional education.
Wall Street Journal Blog by Drew Altmann: After King v Burwell Ruling, Health Law Issues Involve Implementation
Modern Healthcare: Guide to King v. Burwell
NBCH PREPARES TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON EEOC PROPOSED WELLNESS AND INCENTIVE REGULATIONS
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a proposed rule to amend regulations under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, specifically related to employer wellness programs. While NBCH applauds the effort of EEOC to bring clarity to this topic, we have identified areas for improvement. The draft comment letter can be found here, and will be updated with the submitted version by June 15. Additional background information, including slides and recorded presentation, can be found here.
NBCH SUBMITS COMMENT LETTER TO THE IRS ON THE UPCOMING EXCISE TAX NOTICE
The IRS and Treasury released a Notice related to the upcoming excise (Cadillac) tax, specifically around the definition of applicable coverage, and how costs will be calculated. NBCH staff, in consultation with the Government Affairs Committee, have submitted a comment letter for your perusal. We strongly encourage each coalition to take action on this, and there are a couple ways you may consider doing so:
Note the deadline for any submission is THIS FRIDAY, May 15. Comments may be submitted electronically, using subject line IRS Notice 2015-16, directed to email@example.com
EMPLOYER'S ROLE IN 'POST-EXCHANGE' WORLD
Bruce Sherman, medical director of Employers Health, explains the employer's role in managing employee health in the health care reform environment built upon private and public insurance exchanges. Watch the video here.
NBCH SUBMITS COMMENT LETTER ON EMPLOYER REPORTING REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE ACA
NBCH, on behalf of its members, has submitted a comment letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on two proposed rules regarding required reporting employers must provide both to the IRS and to employees. The two rules describe the proposed process for employers to report to the IRS regarding their compliance with the employer shared responsibility provision ("pay or play") and the minimum value of the coverage provided. The full letter can be found here.
NBCH SUBMITS COMMENT LETTER ON MINIMUM VALUE PROPOSED RULE
NBCH, on behalf of its members, has submitted a comment letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the proposed rule regarding minimum value of eligible employer-sponsored plans. The full letter can be found here.
NBCH AND THE COMMONWEALTH FUND RELEASE FIRST BRIEF IN NEW "HEALTH REFORM & YOU" SERIES
NBCH is pleased to partner with the Commonwealth Fund to produce a series of briefs titled "Health Reform & You". Click here to see the first brief on the importance of primary care.
NBCH SUBMITS COMMENT LETTER ON "PAY OR PLAY" PROPOSED RULE