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October 2, 2017

Oct 15 Deadline for Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notices

Employers with group health plans that provide prescription drug coverage to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D must comply with certain disclosure requirements. Group health plan sponsors must disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether their prescription drug coverage is at least as good as the Medicare Part D coverage (in other words, whether their prescription drug coverage is “creditable”). These disclosures must be provided on an annual basis and at certain other designated times.
March 29, 2017

ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn

On March 24, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act— their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A House vote was scheduled to take place on that day, but House Republicans could not secure enough votes to approve the legislation and, instead, canceled the vote. As a result, the ACA will remain in place at this time.
March 8, 2017

House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills

On March 6, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. These bills, which were issued by the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee, are collectively known as the American Health Care Act.