Affordable Care Act

Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Exemptions Expanded Under Interim Final Rules

By: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Nancy R. Chawla

Last week the Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services (Departments) published rules exempting employers from the contraceptive coverage mandate created under the Affordable Care Act.  As a result, hundreds of thousands of women stand to lose access to contraceptive services.

Background: One feature of the 2010 Affordable Care Act was the contraceptive coverage mandate. The mandate paved the way for women […]

2017-10-12T09:59:25+00:00 October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

President Obama Provides a Parting Gift: A Health Reimbursement Arrangement for Small Employers

Authors: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Nancy R. Chawla

In December 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act (Act), giving employers with less than 50 employees a tool to help their employees pay for medical expenses without being subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) market reform requirements.

ACA Exemption
Beginning January 1, 2017, small employers may offer Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRA) to employees who purchased health plans in the individual […]

2017-10-26T09:52:06+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

A New Year’s Eve Surprise…Court Enjoins the HHS From Enforcing the ACA’s Prohibition of Discrimination on the Basis of “Gender Identity” and “Termination of Pregnancy”

Authors: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Nancy R. Chawla

On December 31, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS) from enforcing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy.” See Franciscan Alliance, Inc. v. Burwell, No. 7:16-cv-00108-O (N.D. […]

2017-10-26T09:53:23+00:00 January 13th, 2017|0 Comments