ACA Update

On June 22, 2017, a draft was released by the Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Senate is drafting a new health care bill called the Better Care Reconciliation Act that substitutes the House bill, but still contains similar regulations. The Senate’s bill will have to face another vote before it lands on President Trump’s desk.

The Better Care Reconciliation Act includes changes to Medicaid, subsidy amounts, waiver process for states and the individual mandate. Until the bill is passed, all reporting requirements are still in effect. Employers should still continue to offer minimal essential coverage to their full-time employees who are working on an average of 30 hours per week.

ACA Updates

  • On May 4th, 2017 the House of Representatives approved the bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act. The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate, which would need to happen through the budget reconciliation process. It is not certain yet whether the Senate would be permitted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in its current form.
  • Several key provisions were added to or modified such as Pre-existing Conditions, Health Status Underwriting, Essential Health Benefit Requirement for Insured Plans and Age Weighted Underwriting. Employers should become familiar with the AHCA provisions that most directly impact group health plans.
  • Currently, the ACA’s employer information reporting requirements are still in effect until further notice.


ACA Updates

  • All 1094 and 1095 forms should have been filed to the IRS at this time. The deadline to file electronically was March 31st 2017.
  • On March 6, 2017, House Republicans announced a bill to partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nothing has yet been passed by Congress or signed into law by President Trump, and it’s uncertain whether the bill will ultimately be passed. The bill drafts are in their initial form and will likely go through significant debate and revision. There is still disagreement among members of Congress as to the details of the bill.



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