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This section features Conner Strong & Buckelew Legislative Updates that review and summarize health and benefits regulatory news and developments affecting benefits professionals. With the ever-changing state and federal laws governing health and welfare plans, regulatory expertise and resources are critical. These updates will help you determine if and how new regulations will impact your business. Conner Strong & Buckelew also conducts webinars on various subjects, including national health insurance reform. To listen to a recording or view related files, click here.

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Title Date
Final Rule Expands Assocation Health Plans 06/28/2018
NJ Out of Network Health Bill Signed 06/08/2018
NJ Adopts Individual Health Insurance Mandate 06/07/2018
PCORI Fee Due to IRS July 31 06/05/2018
Updated ACA Indexed Dollar Limits Chart 05/15/2018
NJ Paid Sick Leave Law Enacted 05/03/2018
HSA/HDHP Update - $6,900 is Family HSA Contribution Limit for 2018 05/02/2018
Proposed Guidance on Implementing Mental Health Parity and Substance Use Disorder Rules 05/01/2018
Updated ACA Indexed Dollar Limits Chart 03/12/2018
HSA 2018 Family Limit Reduced 03/09/2018
New Disability Claims Procedures 02/28/2018
Wellness Rules Unchanged – For Now 02/22/2018
Delay of Cadillac Tax and Health Insurer Fee 01/23/2018
2018 Calendar Year Prescription Drug Plans Must Report Creditable Coverage Status to CMS by March 1, 2018 01/19/2018
IRS Extends Due Date to Issue Health Coverage Forms to Individuals in 2018 12/27/2017
Tax Law Signed - Repeals Individual Mandate Penalties 12/26/2017
IRS Enforcement of ACA for Employers 11/15/2017
ACA Individual and Employer Mandate – Reporting Update 11/03/2017
Proposals to Stabilize ACA Individual Markets 10/25/2017
Updated ACA Indexed Dollar Limits Chart 10/23/2017
Rules Relax Contraceptive Coverage Mandate 10/18/2017
Executive Order to Expand Access to Healthcare 10/13/2017
Final 2017 ACA Reporting Forms Released 10/04/2017
Medicare Part D Notices Due Before October 15 09/28/2017
Senate to Vote on ACA Repeal and Replace Bill 09/21/2017
ACA Reporting - Draft 2017 Forms and Enforcement 08/07/2017
Senate Fails to Advance ACA Bill 07/28/2017
Senate Debates ACA Repeal 07/26/2017
Vote on Senate Republican Healthcare Bill Postponed 06/30/2017
CBO Score and Update to Senate Healthcare Discussion Draft 06/27/2017
Breaking News: Senate Releases ACA Replacement Discussion Draft 06/23/2017
PCORI Fee Due to IRS July 31 05/18/2017
Updated ACA Indexed Dollar Limits Chart 05/11/2017
IRS Issues Inflation-Adjusted HSA Amounts for 2018 05/10/2017
BREAKING NEWS: US House Passes ACA Replacement Bill 05/05/2017
ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill Withdrawn 03/27/2017
BREAKING NEWS: House Committees Issue ACA Replacement Bill 03/07/2017
2017 Calendar Year Prescription Drug Plans Must Report Creditable Coverage Status to CMS by March 1, 2017 02/27/2017
Timeframe Announced for Introducing ACA Replacement 02/24/2017
Family HRA Integration FAQs Issued 02/09/2017
DOL Issues the First Annual Inflation Adjustment to Benefits 01/31/2017
Wellness Programs – Compliance Challenges and Future Enforcement 01/27/2017
Breaking News: President Trump Issues Day One ACA Executive Order 01/23/2017
Updated IRS Guidance on ACA Information Reporting by Employers 01/09/2017
Additional Mental Health Parity Guidance Issued 01/05/2017
21st Century Cures Act - Small Employer HRA Guidance 01/04/2017
Automatic Extension for Form 1095 and Related Relief 11/21/2016
Updated ACA Indexed Dollar Limits Chart 11/11/2016
The Future of the Affordable Care Act 11/10/2016
Action Required for Self-Insured Health Plans 10/31/2016
Final 1094/5-C Forms and Instructions 10/24/2016
CMS Data Match and Other Medicare Reporting 10/24/2016
Medicare Part D Notices due before October 15 09/15/2016
ACA Section 1557 - Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities 09/02/2016
ACA Reporting – Draft 2016 Forms and TIN Collection 08/26/2016
Opt-Out Payment Rules and Affordability under the ACA's Employer Mandate 08/08/2016
Court Rules on Key Retiree Health Plan Issue 07/25/2016
DOL Inflation Adjustment to Benefits Related Penalties 07/18/2016
ACA Returns May Continue to Be Filed After the Deadline 07/12/2016
Marketplace Content Encouraged in COBRA Election Notice 07/11/2016
EEOC Sample Employee Notice Regarding Wellness Programs 07/11/2016
Be Prepared to Receive Federal Exchange Notices 07/08/2016
Warning Signs - Mental Health Parity Compliance 07/01/2016
Additional Guidance on Health Reimbursement Arrangements ("HRAs") 07/01/2016
PCORI Fee Due to the IRS by August 1 06/14/2016
ACA Indexed Dollar Limits - Chart 06/06/2016
New EEOC Rules - Implications for Wellness Programs 05/26/2016
New FMLA Poster and Employer Guide Released by the DOL 05/05/2016
Finalized Templates - Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) 04/11/2016
HIPAA Compliance and the Phase 2 Audit Program 04/08/2016
ACA Indexed Dollar Limits - Chart 03/28/2016
Proposed SBC Templates 03/23/2016
2016 Calendar Year Prescription Drug Plans Must Report Creditable Coverage Status to CMS by February 29, 2016 02/24/2016
Employers Turn to Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Limits to Manage Pharmacy Costs 02/10/2016
IRS Questions and Answers about Health Coverage Forms for Individuals 01/14/2016
Cadillac Tax Delay and Health Insurer Fee Suspension 12/30/2015
IRS Grants Automatic Extension for ACA Information Reporting 12/29/2015
IRS Guidance Addresses Same-Sex Spouses Issues 12/28/2015
Year Two of Transitional Reinsurance Fee Program - Action Required for Self-Insured Health Plans 11/05/2015
ACA Automatic Enrollment Requirement Repealed 11/03/2015
IRS Releases 2016 Inflation-Adjusted Amounts 11/02/2015
Prepare to Receive Federal Exchange Notices in 2016 10/19/2015
ACA Reporting - Clarification of Key Issues for Employers 10/16/2015
ACA Change to Small Group Market Definition 10/15/2015
Medicare Part D Notices Due Before October 15th 09/25/2015
Final 2016 ACA Reporting Requirements 09/23/2015
ACA Reporting – Draft Forms and Instructions Released 08/14/2015
Additional Guidance Issued on the Cadillac Tax 08/12/2015
Final Rule Issued on SBCs 07/20/2015
Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States 07/08/2015
Reminder: PCORI Fee Due July 31, 2015 06/26/2015
IRS Clarifies Form 1094 and 1095 Reporting 06/04/2015
Family OOPs and Deductibles 06/04/2015
FAQs on Preventive Care Services 06/01/2015
IRS Releases 2016 Indexed Amounts for HSAs and HDHPs 05/12/2015
New Jersey Autism Mandate – Recent Amendments 03/09/2015
More Guidance on Employer Payment Plans 02/26/2015
Assessment and Collection of Pay or Play Penalty 02/20/2015
ACA Reporting – Final Forms and Instructions Released 02/18/2015
Changes to 2014 Individual Tax Forms 02/11/2015
Prepare for Health Exchange Notifications of Employees Eligible for Subsidies 01/05/2015
EEOC Lawsuits - Implications for Wellness Programs 12/21/2014
IRS Issues Guidance on Premium Reimbursement Arrangements 12/06/2014
Minimum Value and Hospitalization Under The ACA 11/26/2014
PPACA – End of Year Action Required 11/21/2014
Supreme Court to Hear Another PPACA Case 11/20/2014
Transitional Reinsurance Program (TRP) Fee 11/17/2014
IRS Releases 2015 Inflation Adjustments for Various Tax Benefits 11/10/2014
HPID Enforcement Delayed 11/04/2014
TRP Form Available; Enrollment Count Due November 15 10/30/2014
Obtaining and Using an HPID 10/27/2014
New Status Changes Allowed for Cafeteria Plans 10/24/2014
IRS Tax Tips for Employers on ACA Reporting Responsibilities 10/23/2014
Expanded Definition of Excepted Benefits 10/21/2014
Transitional Reinsurance Program (TRP) Fee - Action Items for Self-Insured Plan Sponsors 10/03/2014
New Reference Guide for Obtaining HPIDs under HIPAA 10/01/2014
Medicare Part D Notices Due Prior to October 15th 09/22/2014
New Contraception Rules Post-Hobby Lobby 09/15/2014
Information Reporting - Instructions and Guidance Released 09/08/2014
2014 Tax Reporting - Individual Mandate and Premium Tax Credit 09/01/2014
IRS Releases Draft Forms on Health Coverage Reporting 07/29/2014
The Cost of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to Large Employers 07/27/2014
Notice Requirements for Employers Reducing or Eliminating Coverage 07/25/2014
Federal Appeals Court Ruling on Exchange Subsidies 07/24/2014
Final Waiting Period Rules 06/29/2014
Guidance for Making Transitional Reinsurance Contributions 06/26/2014
Revised Definition of “Spouse” Under the FMLA 06/23/2014
Reminder: PCOR Fee Due July 31, 2014 06/11/2014
Same-Sex Spouse/Partner – Health Plan Coverage 06/09/2014
New Guidance on PPACA's Employer Mandate and Employer Payment Plans 05/28/2014
Newly Released FAQs on Healthcare Reform Issues 05/14/2014
COBRA: New Notices and Marketplace Coverage Issues 05/07/2014
Correcting Improper FSA Payments 05/06/2014
Individuals with Health FSA Carryovers Can Preserve HSA Eligibility 05/02/2014
IRS Releases 2015 Indexed Amounts for HSAs and HDHPs 04/25/2014
March 31 Exchange Enrollment Deadline Extended 03/28/2014
Final Rules Require Information Reporting under PPACA 03/26/2014
Final Transitional Reinsurance Fee Rules 03/25/2014
HIPAA Electronic Transactions - Compliance, Certification, and Penalties 03/07/2014
90-Day Waiting Period - Final Rules 03/04/2014
Employer Mandate Rules Begin 2015 02/11/2014
Marketplace Notice Required for New Hires 02/04/2014
DOL Issues New FAQ on Multiple Topics 01/29/2014
New Rules Broaden Category of "Excepted Benefits" 01/22/2014
Contraceptive Coverage Mandate - Religious Objections Update 01/03/2014
Prohibition on Excessive Waiting Periods Begins 2014 12/27/2013
Transitional Reinsurance Fee Updates 12/23/2013
Final Mental Health Parity Rules Released 11/22/2013
Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in New Jersey 11/14/2013
New Guidance Requires Action by Employers for their HRA Plans 11/12/2013
Various Tax Benefits Increased for 2014 11/11/2013
Transition Relief for Non-Calendar Year Cafeteria Plans 11/07/2013
IRS Allows FSA Carryovers 11/06/2013
The Individual Mandate Initial Enrollment - Six Week Extension 10/30/2013
Marketplace Enrollment Periods and Issues with Employer-Sponsored Health Plans 10/25/2013
New - HIPAA Model Notice of Privacy Practices 10/21/2013
The Marketplace Application Process and the Employer Coverage Tool 09/30/2013
IRS Guidance Clarifies Payment for Preventive Services Under HDHP/HSA Arrangements 09/17/2013
Deductible Limits and Out-of-Pocket Maximums Begin in 2014 09/12/2013
BREAKING NEWS: DOL Guidance Clarifies Market Notice Issue 09/12/2013
IRS Recognizes Legal Same Sex Spouse Marriages 09/06/2013
General Compliance Date for the HIPAA Final Rule Grows Near 08/23/2013
Employers Still Required to Issue Exchange Notices by October 1st 08/14/2013
MLR Rebate Deadline Approaching 07/22/2013
Final Rules on Religious Organizations and Contraception Coverage 07/10/2013
DOMA Decisions Impact on Welfare Plan Administration 07/09/2013
Pay or Play Employer Mandate Delayed One Year 07/03/2013
PCOR Fees - Reporting and Preparation Process 06/06/2013
Exchanges: New Consumer Applications and the Employer Notice 05/20/2013
Affordability and Minimum Value Rules Released 05/09/2013
Summary of Benefits and Coverage - Updated Materials 05/02/2013
Health Insurance Provider Fee 03/20/2013
FAQs on Preventive Care Services 03/18/2013
EHBs, "Out of Pocket" Limits, and Minimum Value 03/15/2013
New 2014 Federal Healthcare Coverage Reporting Requirements for Employers 02/19/2013
New Rules on Contraceptive Coverage for Religious Employers 02/07/2013
DOL Ramping Up Efforts to Catch Non-Filers 02/06/2013
FAQs Clarify HRAs, Fixed Indemnity Plans, and Other Issues 02/05/2013
Exchange Notice Delayed 01/25/2013
Employer May Make "Reasonable Modifications" to Retiree Healthcare Benefits 01/09/2013
2012 Taxpayer Relief Act - Benefit Provisions 01/09/2013
New Healthcare Reform Taxes Affect Health Plan Costs 01/03/2013
Guidance Issued on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions 01/02/2013
Health FSA $2,500 Plan Year Limit 12/18/2012
PCORI Fees to Be Paid by Self-Insured Plans 12/14/2012
Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions 12/13/2012
New Jersey State Exchange Veto 12/07/2012
Guidance Issued for 2014 Transitional Reinsurance Program 12/05/2012
Court Decision on Wellness Program 12/03/2012
New Rules Released on Healthcare Reform Provisions 11/28/2012
Healthcare Reform Implementation Timelines 11/13/2012
Overhaul of US Healthcare System Moving Forward 11/08/2012
Access to Healthcare Reform Information 11/01/2012
Medicare Part D Notices Due by October 15th 09/20/2012
Healthcare Reform: Contraceptive Coverage Delay Expanded to Cover More Religious Employers 09/18/2012
Final Rule - Student Health Plans 09/12/2012
90-Day Waiting Period & FTE Guidance 09/11/2012
New Reinsurance Program Fee in 2014 09/05/2012
Supreme Court Backs All Parts of Health Care Law 06/28/2012
New Mental Health Parity Guidance 06/25/2012
More Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Guidance 06/12/2012
New Transition Relief for FSA Plan Year Limit 06/05/2012
2013 HSA/HDHP Limits Released 05/02/2012
First Comparative Effectiveness Fee Due July 2013 04/24/2012
Foreign-Language Notice Statements Required 04/04/2012
Supreme Court PPACA Oral Arguments Completed 03/30/2012
FAQs Issued on SBC Rules 03/29/2012
Final Rules on Health Insurance Exchanges 03/22/2012
Update on ERRP Payment Processing 03/15/2012
Final Rules for Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) 02/17/2012
Automatic Enrollment Requirements Further Delayed 02/16/2012
New FMLA Rule Expands Military Family Leave and Airline Flight Crew Rules 02/02/2012
One-Year Waiver on Contraceptive Rules for Religious Organizations 01/25/2012
Revised Guidance on Reporting Healthcare Coverage on Form W-2 01/06/2012
Supreme Court to Hear Healthcare Reform Arguments 01/04/2012
Approach to Defining Essential Health Benefits 01/03/2012
Distribution of MLR Rebates 12/19/2011
Final Medical Loss Ratio Rules Released 12/16/2011
Retiree Healthcare Fund to be Closed 12/12/2011
Health Plan Mandate Opt-Out Elections for Self-Funded, Non-Federal Governmental Plans 12/05/2011
Revised New Jersey Local Finance Notice 2011-20R and FSA Administrative Expenses 12/02/2011
Consideration for Internal Appeals and External Review of Plan Denials 11/29/2011
New FAQs on Mental Health Parity 11/23/2011
Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Rules Delayed 11/18/2011
IRS Audits Focus on Fringe Benefits 11/17/2011
GINA Concerns for Employers Providing Spouse Incentives to Complete Health Assessments 11/15/2011
Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Individual Mandate 11/14/2011
CLASS Long-Term Care Program Suspended 10/18/2011
Medicare Secondary Payer Guidance on Health Reimbursement Arrangements 10/13/2011
Supreme Court Ruling on Constitutionality of Healthcare Law Likely 10/04/2011
IRS Proposes "Affordability" Safe Harbor 09/22/2011
Virginia Court Dismisses Health Reform Lawsuits 09/12/2011
Guidance on Annual Limit Waivers for HRAs 09/02/2011
Summary of Benefits Guidance Issued 08/22/2011
Rules Issued on Exchanges, Premium Credits, and Medicare/CHIP Issues 08/18/2011
Appeals Court Finds Individual Mandate Unconstitutional 08/16/2011
Wellness Incentives - Tax and Compliance Considerations 08/09/2011
Adoption of Women's Preventive Services Guidelines 08/09/2011
Bureau of Labor Statistics Report on Employee Benefits 08/02/2011
Guidance on c.78 - Pension & Health Benefits Reform 07/26/2011
Revised Rules and Model Notices on External Review 07/07/2011
New Healthcare Waiver Guidance and List of Granted Waivers 06/21/2011
The Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Dental and Vision Benefits 06/17/2011
Cafeteria Plan Amendments for OTC Drug Reimbursement 06/13/2011
2012 HSA/HDHP Limits Released 05/27/2011
Medicare Part D Model Disclosure Notices Updated 05/23/2011
Essential Benefits to be Defined 05/18/2011
Electronic Disclosure Rules 05/16/2011
IRS Asks for Comments on Employer Mandate "Shared Responsibilty" Provisions 05/11/2011
Louisiana - Second State to Opt Out of State-Run Insurance Exchanges 04/26/2011
Employee Free Choice Voucher Requirement Repealed 04/19/2011
President Obama Signs Repeal of PPACA 1099 Provision into Law 04/18/2011
FAQ Part VI on Healthcare Reform Implementation 04/12/2011
Budget Proposal Would Delay a 25% Reduction in Medicare Reimbursement 04/01/2011
New Guidance on W-2 Health Cost Reporting 04/01/2011
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - Impact on Benefits 03/29/2011
Contraceptives as Preventative Care 03/24/2011
Extended Grace Period for Claims and Appeals Standards 03/24/2011
Federal Government Creates New Organization to Help Implement Healthcare Reform 03/03/2011
House of Representatives Votes to De-Fund Patient Protection and Accountability Act 02/24/2011
Proposed Changes for NJ Public Workers' Health Care Cost and Design 02/17/2011
Support for Nursing Mothers 02/15/2011
Federal Judge Strikes Down Health Reform Law and Individual Mandate 02/02/2011
Update on Health Reform and Form 1099 Repeal Efforts 01/31/2011
Imputed Income Issues for Health and Welfare Benefits 01/26/2011
House to Vote on Repeal of Health Reform 01/18/2011
Debit Cards for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicines Permitted 01/04/2011
More Agency FAQs Issued on Health Care Reform 01/03/2011
Delayed Implementation of Insured Plan Nondiscrimination Rules 12/28/2010
Benefits Provisions Included in 2010 Tax Relief Act 12/27/2010
Mini-Med Plans: New Model Notice Language and Restricted Sales Guidance 12/21/2010
Congress Delays Mandated Cuts in Medicare Until July 2011 12/16/2010
VA Federal Judge Agrees that the Health Insurance Mandate Oversteps Constitution 12/14/2010
IRS Issues More Guidance on Small Business Health Coverage Tax Credit 12/10/2010
Medical Loss Ratio Requirements for Health Insurers 12/02/2010
Grandfather Rules Changes to Allow Change in Carrier/Policies 11/29/2010
The Equal Employment Commission Issues Final GINA Regulations 11/24/2010
Definition of "Plan Year" for Health Reform 11/18/2010
Preventive Services Covered Under Health Reform 11/01/2010
FAQs on Health Care Reform from Federal Agencies 10/27/2010
W-2 Health Coverage Reporting Delayed 10/20/2010
New Jersey Guidance on Dependent Coverage Extensions 10/18/2010
Department of Labor FAQs on Genetic Nondiscrimination (GINA) 10/15/2010
Extended Compliance Date for New Appeal Procedures; FAQs Released 10/14/2010
Early Retiree Program Guidance Released 10/13/2010
Extension of Dependent Coverage to Age 26 - Effective Date 10/04/2010
Making the Grandfathered Plan Determination 09/30/2010
Guidance Issued for Annual Dollar Limit Waivers 09/13/2010
New Guidance on Over-the-Counter Medicines and Drugs 09/13/2010
First Round of Approvals in Early Retiree Reinsurance Program 09/03/2010
Legislation Introduced to Repeal Employer Mandate 09/01/2010
Reminder: Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Disclosure 09/01/2010
Health Reform Rules on Claims, Appeals, and External Review 08/30/2010
Regulations Released on Internal Appeals and External Review Processes Related to Health Insurance Reform 08/17/2010
Health Insurance Reform Law Aids Nursing Mothers 07/30/2010
No Automatic Form 5500 Filing Extension Granted 07/23/2010
Determining Parity for Outpatient Benefits Under Mental Health Act 07/22/2010
DOL Releases Non-Subsidy COBRA Model Notices 07/19/2010
Preventative Care Regulations Released 07/16/2010 Website Now Live 07/15/2010
Changes Proposed to HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules 07/14/2010
Forms 5500 and New Mandatory Electronic Filing Requirements 07/12/2010
DOL Issues Model Health Care Reform Notices 07/08/2010
Early Retiree Reinsurance Applications Start June 29 07/01/2010
Electronic Filing: Form 5500 06/24/2010
Patient's Bill of Rights Regulations Released 06/24/2010
To Be or Not to Be a Grandfathered Plan 06/18/2010
Health Reform Grandfather Plan Rules Released 06/15/2010
New York State Passes Prior Approval Rate Increase Insurance Law 06/15/2010
More Guidance Issued on the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program 06/11/2010
NJ Local Finance Board Issues Notice Related to Employee Benefit Changes 06/07/2010
Draft Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Application Available 06/03/2010
HHS to Establish a Health Reform Web Portal 06/01/2010
Health Reform Resources and Year by Year Impact 06/01/2010
IRS Releases 2011 Amounts for HSAs and HDHPs 05/27/2010
New Guidance Issued on Dependent Coverage Extension 05/12/2010
Early Retirement Reinsurance Program Regulations Released 05/07/2010
Department of Labor Issues Amended COBRA Notices 04/30/2010
Dependent to Age 26 Developments 04/29/2010
COBRA Subsidy Extension Through May 31 04/21/2010
Short-Term COBRA Subsidy Extension Approved 04/20/2010
New Jersey Enacts Legislation Impacting Health Benefits 04/20/2010
IRS Issues Guidance on Small-Employer Health Coverage Tax Credit 04/16/2010
Early Retiree Reinsurance Program To Begin June 23 04/16/2010
New Governmental Webpages on Healthcare Reform 04/13/2010
Department of Labor Increases Enforcement and Guidance over Employee Welfare Benefit Plans 03/29/2010
National Health Insurance Reform - It's Official Now 03/26/2010
Latest National Health Insurance News and Year by Year Impact 03/25/2010
President Signs Health Insurance Reform 03/24/2010
Department of Labor Issues Amended COBRA Notices 03/24/2010
Details of the US House's Health Insurance Amendments 03/23/2010
US House Passes Health Reform Legislation 03/22/2010
President Signs Federal COBRA Subsidy Extension 03/04/2010
Model Medicaid and CHIP Premium Assistance Notice Posted 02/17/2010


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