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Multiemployer Pension Plans: Section 1405 – Limitation on Withdrawal Liability

Executive Summary: In a recent decision involving a withdrawal liability assessment by a multiemployer pension plan, an arbitrator reduced the assessment by approximately 50 percent and ruled in favor of the employer on several significant legal issues.

ACA Replacement Bills Encounter Beltway Traffic

Since its enactment in 2010, Republicans in Congress have made numerous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), with little success beyond modest tweaks that garnered bipartisan support (such as delaying the "Cadillac Tax"). With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress and the White House, comprehensive changes are a given, though the substance and timing of the changes remain open questions.

Church Plan Cases: Federal Agencies Finally Speak

As many of you know, currently pending before the Supreme Court are consolidated cases from the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits holding that, for religiously affiliated employers, employee benefits plans must initially be established by a church for the plans to be exempt from ERISA as “church plans.”

Rubber, Meet Road: The Arduous Task of Translating Campaign-Talk into Action to Repeal (and Replace?) Obamacare

The creation and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was a long, strange trip beset throughout by policy disagreements, shifting political winds, backroom legislative dealings, unexpected costs, legal challenges, and public relations fiascos. It should then come as no surprise that the Trump administration and the new Congress have experienced a similarly bumpy ride thus far in their efforts to dismantle the ACA.

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Affordable Care Act

Executive Summary: On Friday January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” The Order directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (e.g., Treasury, DOL, Health and Human Services, etc.) to take all actions consistent with law to waive, defer, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would impose a financial (fee, tax, penalty) or regulatory burden on states, individuals, families, healthcare providers, and/or health insurers. The order also encouraged the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance.

Employee Benefits Newsletter – Winter 2017

HHS and ACA Enforcement under the Influence of a Trump Administration. A summary of some of the essential facts about enforcement of the Affordable Care Act by the Department of Health and Human Services.

New Administration Orders Freeze of Pending Regulations, Takes Aim at the Affordable Care Act

One of the first acts of the new Administration on Inauguration Day was to issue a memorandum putting the brakes—at least temporarily—on federal regulations that have not yet taken effect, and to release an executive order authorizing agencies and departments to "minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens" of the Affordable Care Act. These two actions are the first of several presidential orders and memoranda expected in the days and weeks to come.

Affordable Care Act is Target of Trump Executive Order on Inauguration Day

In one of his first actions in office, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order to “Minimize the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” In a few short paragraphs, President Trump has given a very broad directive to federal agency heads, including the Department of Health and Human Services, to take steps to grant waivers, exemptions, and delay provisions of the ACA that impose costs on states or individuals.

Failure to Notify Individuals and Media About HIPAA Breach Within 60 Days Proves Costly

An Illinois-based health care employer has agreed to pay the federal government $475,000 to settle claims that it failed to provide notification about a breach of protected health information (PHI) within 60 days of discovering the breach, as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires.

January 20, 2017; A Historical Day

This is another article in our series addressing the continued deterioration and downward spiral of multi-employer defined benefit pension funds and the resulting impact upon participants, unions and most importantly on employers.