Health Care Reform

At the Forefront


A broker’s tale: How Bernie Lowe & Associates embraced its new role in the age of the ACA

SyncStream Solutions spoke to BLA CEO and President Skip Lowe and BLA Performance Specialist Duane Litogot to learn more about the shifting role of the broker in the age of ACA enforcement, and how finding a reliable solution enabled it to provide customer service “beyond the product.”


Health Care Reform Updates

Update #116

December 2020

IRS Announces Annual PCOR Fee Adjustment and HHS Releases Increased Cost-Sharing Limits

Update #115

October 2020

IRS Announces Limited Relief for Information Reporting on 2020 Forms 1094/1095

Update #114

August 2020

IRS Issues Draft ACA Reporting Forms and Updates Indexed Employer Shared Responsibility Amounts

Update #113

July 2020

Indexing Adjustments for 2021 Affordability and Premium Tax Credit Determinations Announced

Update #112

July 2020

Proposed Regulations Would Increase Flexibility for Grandfathered Health Plans

Update #111

July 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Expansion of Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions

Update #110

May 2020

IRS Announces 2021 HSA Contribution Limits, HDHP Minimum Deductibles, and HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximums

Update #109

May 2020

HHS Finalizes 2021 Benefit and Payment Parameters Notice With Increased Cost-Sharing Limits, Drug Manufacturer Coupon Guidance

Update #108

May 2020

IRS Increases Health FSA Carryover Limit; Clarifies Reimbursement of Health Insurance Premiums

Update #107

May 2020

IRS Provides COVID-Related Cafeteria Plan Relief, Clarifies Recent HDHP Changes

Update #106

March 2020

President Signs the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201)

Update #105

March 2020

HHS Guidance Addresses COVID-19 Coverage Under Existing Essential Health Benefits Rules

Update #104

February 2020

HHS Releases Proposed 2021 Benefit and Payment Parameters Notice CMS Again Extends “Grandmothered Plans” Nonenforcement Policy

Update #103

December 2019

Some ACA Taxes Repealed
The Fifth Circuit Court Finds the ACA is Unconstitutional

Update #102

November 2019

IRS Releases 2020 Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Health FSAs, QSEHRAs and More

Update #101

September 2019

IRS Announces 2020 Applicable Amount for Health Insurance Providers Fee

Update #100

July 2019

IRS Announces Indexing Adjustments for 2020 Affordability and
Premium Tax Credit Determinations

Update #99

July 2019

IRS Allows Specified Expenses for Chronic Conditions to Be Treated as Preventive Care Under HSA Rules

Update #98

June 2019

Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First

Update #97

May 2019

HHS Proposes Sweeping Changes to Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Rules

Update #96

May 2019

IRS Announces 2020 HSA Contribution Limits, HDHP Minimum Deductibles and HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximums

Update #95

May 2019

DOL Issues Association Health Plan Guidance Due to Court Ruling on Regulations

Update #94

May 2019

Annual Cost Sharing Limits –Prescription Drug Coupons

Update #93

January 2019

DOL Issues 2019 Adjusted Penalty Amounts

Update #92

December 2018

Federal Judge Strikes Down the Affordable Care Act

Update #91

November 2018

IRS Announces Changes to the FSA Contribution Limits for 2019

Update #90

September 2018

IRS Releases Draft 2018 Forms 1094 and 1095 and Related Instructions

Update #89

August 2018

Final Regulations Expand Period of Short-Term, Limited-Duration
Insurance Coverage with Renewals and Extensions

Update #88

June 2018

DOL Releases Final Rules for Association Health Plan

Update #87

June 2018

Proposed IRS Regulations Would Expand Mandatory Electronic Filing of
Information Returns

Update #86

June 2018

IRS Announces ACA Indexing Adjustments for Affordability
and Premium Tax Credit Determinations for 2019

Update #85

June 2018

IRS Announces 2019 HSA Contribution Limits, HDHP Minimum Deductibles
and HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximums

Update #84

May 2018

HSA Contribution Limit for Family Coverage Restored to $6,900

Update #83

April 2018

Finalizes 2019 Benefit and Payment Parameters and Extends Transition
Policy Allowing Certain Noncompliant Policies

Update  #82

March 2018

IRS Reduces Health Savings Account Family Contribution Limit for 2018

Update #81

February 2018

IRS Updates Employer Shared Responsibility Q&A - 2018 Penalty Amounts

Update #80

January 2018

Three Health Care Reform Taxes Delayed

Update #79

January 2018

DOL Proposes Rules Intended to Broaden Availability of Association Health Plans

Update #78

December 2017

IRS Extends the Deadline for Providing 1095-B and 1095-C Forms to Employees

Update #77

December 2017

Tax Reform Legislation Contains Employee Benefits Changes
Including the Elimination of the Individual Mandate Penalty

Update #76

November 2017

IRS Releases Forms 14764 and 14765 Related to 2015 Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

Update #75

November 2017

IRS Updates Guidance on Assessing 2015 Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

Update #74

November 2017

HHS Proposes 2019 Benefit and Payment Parameters, New Enrollment Rules for SHOPs, and More

Update #73

October 2017

2018 FSA and HSA Contribution Limits, HDHP Minimum Deductibles, and HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximums

Update #72

October 2017

IRS Announces Changes in the PCORI Fee

Update #71

August 2017

IRS Letters Address Effect of Executive Order on Employer Shared Responsibility and Individual Mandate

Update #70

July 2017

Senate Releases Changes to the Health Care Bill

Update #69

June 2017

Senate Releases the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

Update #68

May 2017

IRS Announces ACA Indexing Adjustment for Affordability

Update #67

May 2017

American Health Care Act Passes the House

Update #66

March 2017

GOP Releases ACA Replacement Bill- American Health Care Act

Update #65

February 2017

HHS Proposes Regulations to Stabilize Individual and Small Group
Health Insurance Markets

Update #64

November 2016

IRS Announces Extension and Good Faith Effort Standard for 2016 Reporting

Update #63

November 2016

2016 PCOR Fees and Transitional Reinsurance Program Manual

Update #62

November 2016

The 45th U.S. President Has Been Elected – Are Changes Coming to the Affordable Care Act?

Update #61

October 2016

IRS Releases Final 1094 and 1095 Forms and Instructions

Update #60

August 2016

IRS Proposes Reporting Rules with Guidance on HRA’s and TIN Solicitation

Update #59

July 2015

IMPORTANT - Health Insurance Marketplace Notices

Update #58

July 2016

IRS Releases Draft Versions of Forms 1094 and 1095

Update #57

May 2016

IRS Announces 2017 HSA Contribution Limits, HDHP Minimum Deductibles, and HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximums

Update #56

December 2015

Agencies Extend 6055 and 6056 Reporting Deadlines

Update #55

December 2015

Omnibus Budget Bill Creates Delays in ACA Taxes

Update #54

October 2015

IRS Provides an “Early Look” at Form 1094/1095 Electronic Filing for Tax Year 2015

Update #53

October 2015

IRS Increases PCORI Fees and HHS Issues 2015 Reinsurance Contributions Form

Update #52

October 2015

Legislation Revises Small Employer Definition Under Health Care Reform

Update #51

September 2015

Federal Exchange Notices to Employers Set to Start in 2016

Update #50

September 2015

IRS Releases Final Forms 1094/1095 and Instructions for 2015 With Relief for
HRA Reporting and Other Modifications

Update #49

July 2015

Employer Reporting – Increased penalties and New Electronic Filing Requirements

Update #48

June 2015

Fourth Circuit is affirmed in King v. Burwell

Update #47

January 1, 2025

Final SBC Regulations Issued

Update #46

May 2015

Iowa Marketplace SHOP Coverage and Small Business Tax Credits

Update #45

March 2015

Employer Reporting Requirements – Start Tracking the Data Now

Update #44

March 2015

Final 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters

Update #43

March 2015

IRS Gets Started on the Cadillac Tax Implementation Process

Update #42

January 2015

1095 A – 1095B – 1095C Employee Statements

Update #41

December 2014

2014 - A Look Back at the Affordable Care Act

Update #40

November 2014

HHS Extends 2014 Filing Deadline for Reinsurance Submission Form