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Katy Stowers

Health Care Reform, Compliance

Sorting Through the Noise of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

December 21, 2017

December 20 was a big day in Washington and across the country with the passage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The controversial legislation passed both houses of Congress strictly along partisan lines, and President Trump is expected to sign it in the coming days.

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Benefits, Compliance

Pay or Play: Is Your Health Plan "Affordable" for 2018?

October 26, 2017

The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provision—often called the employer mandate or “play or pay”—requires large employers to offer health coverage to their full-time employees or face a potential penalty. (Employers with fewer than 50 full-time and full-time-equivalent employees are exempt.) Large employers can avoid the risk of any play or pay penalties by offering all full-time employees at least one group health plan option that meets two standards: It provides minimum value and it is affordable.

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Compliance, Benefits

The AHCA: If at First You Don't Succeed

May 5, 2017

The opponents of the ACA scored the political equivalent of a first down on Thursday when the House of Representatives passed an amended version of the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”). This highly publicized and politically charged legislation is the proposed first step to repealing and replacing the ACA.

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Health Care Reform, Compliance

Compliance Update: The Cadillac Tax, PACE Act,and IRS Reporting

March 9, 2016

Benefits plan compliance is an ongoing process that should be paid attention to year round. Currently on our radar in 2016 is the Cadillac Tax, PACE Act, and IRS reporting. I sat down with fellow Managing Director Paul Ashley to discuss some of the recent changes and what we can expect down the road. Watch the video  of our discussion or read the transcript below.

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What Employers Need to Know About the Anthem Data Breach

February 6, 2015

Cyber attacks seem to be on the rise, especially in the last year, and according to Bloomberg, health care businesses have become common targets. The latest attack includes the 80 million members whose health information was taken from Anthem, the second biggest U.S. health insurer.

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