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    Second Circuit holds that the Affordable Care Act does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    On August 7, 2015, in Catholic Health Care System v. Burwell, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) is not violated by certain regulations promulgated under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that permit religious not-for-profit employers to opt-out of providing contraception coverage while enabling their employees to receive […]

    Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies for Federal Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act

    In a highly anticipated decision issued by the Supreme Court in the matter of King v. Burwell, the Court upheld the issuance of tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) to individuals purchasing insurance from an Exchange established by the federal government. As the Court acknowledged, a contrary ruling would have effectively destroyed the […]

    Employee’s Job Up in Smoke Due to Medical Marijuana Use Outside of Work

    In a closely watched workplace lawsuit, the Colorado Supreme Court, in one of the country’s most marijuana friendly states, ruled that smoking marijuana off the job and away from work can still get an employee fired. By way of brief background, Brandon Coats was fired from Dish Network in 2010 after testing positive for marijuana […]

    Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions on Legality of Subsidies under the Affordable Care Act

    On July 22, 2014, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia handed down conflicting decisions in the matters of King v. Burwell and Halbig v. Burwell. In both of these cases, the plaintiffs were challenging an IRS rule that allows any individual enrolled in a qualified […]

    Supreme Court holds that the “Contraception Mandate” of the Affordable Care Act violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its highly-anticipated decision in the matters of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burell.  In each of these cases, for-profit corporations owned and operated by Christian families argued that the “Contraception Mandate” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) […]

    Legal Challenges to the Contraception Mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: An Overview

    A number of lawsuits have been commenced which challenge the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). These lawsuits are primarily aimed at the government’s ability to enact the law and enforce its provisions—however, many of them focus on the Act’s requirement that employers provide insurance plans that cover a number of […]

    Deadline for Individuals to Sign up for Insurance under the Affordable Care Act Extended

    The Obama Administration is extending the time period for some individuals to sign up for insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Case Act (“PPACA”). Previously, individuals who did not enroll in a qualifying health insurance plan by March 31, 2014 would pay a penalty on their 2014 taxes when filing next year. However, individuals […]

    Further Delays to the Employer Mandate Provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    In early February, the Obama Administration decided to further delay the effective date of the “employer mandate” provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (“PPACA”) for certain employers. Originally scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014, and then previously delayed until January 1, 2015, the IRS has now passed new Regulations […]

    An Overview of the Employer Mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) includes an “employer mandate,” which requires that all employers with more than fifty full-time employees must offer health insurance or face a penalty. Starting in 2015, these employers must offer health insurance that is “affordable” (meaning the employee contributions are less than 9.5% of […]

    An Overview of the Individual Mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    On January 1, 2014, a number of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) become effective. One of the most controversial of these provisions is the “individual mandate,” which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a tax penalty. Under the Section 1501 of the PPACA, an […]