Employer Blog

House Passes AHCA Bill in First Step to Repeal and Replace the ACA

On May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1628, a reconciliation bill aimed at "repealing and replacing" the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill, titled the "American Health Care Act of 2017" or "AHCA," will now be sent to the Senate for debate, where amendments can be made,…
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Dan Catanese’s 2017 HR Trends

The HR landscape is constantly changing. HR professionals are always pressed with new challenges. Last year I posted a series of blogs identifying the top HR trends for 2016 and due to popular demand I am kicking off a new series on some key HR issues that will arise in 2017. While HR responsibilities evolve…
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Handling of Retaliation Complaints under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act

January 24, 2017 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a final rule on the procedures for the handling of whistleblower complaints under Section 1558 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations protect employees (which includes former employees and applicants for employment) who may have been subject to retaliation for seeking…
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IRS Delay in 6055 and 6056 Reporting for 2017

December 14, 2016: Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals are required to have health insurance while applicable large employers (ALEs) are required to offer health benefits to their full-time employees. In order for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to verify that (1) individuals have the required minimum essential coverage, (2) individuals…
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2016 Election Results: The Potential Impact on Health and Welfare Benefits

November 16, 2016: Following the November 2016 election, Donald Trump (R) will be sworn in as the next President of the United States on January 20, 2017. The Republicans will also have the majority in the Senate (51 Republican, 47 Democrat) and in the House of Representatives (238 Republicans, 191 Democrat). As a result, the…
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Reporting Minimum Essential Coverage

October 14, 2016: Minimum essential coverage (MEC) is the type of coverage that an individual must have under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers that are subject to the ACA’s shared responsibility provisions (often called “play or pay”) must offer MEC coverage that is affordable and provides minimum value. In the fall…
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2016 Employee Benefit Compliance Seminar Recap

August 28, 2016: On Thursday, August 25th, Diversified Insurance Solutions hosted their 2016 Employee Benefit Compliance Update Seminar at the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Peck Welcome Center. The event featured an ACA Overview from Bob Radecki, the Principal of Benefit Comply LLC, followed by a panel discussion with Bob Radecki, Aurora Health Care Senior Vice President…
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“Bend the Spend” Series.

August 26, 2016: David Stark, Senior Vice President & Shareholder, introduces “Bend the Spend” Series. One of the most significant expenses for any business and their valued employees is their group health plan along with the other employee benefits.  Year over year increases in costs drive benefit program decisions that affect both the employer and…
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