Erin Sweeney Comments on Multiemployer Coverage Reporting Confusion in LifeHealthPro

"Employers' PPACA reporting questions linger"
07.23.15Erin Sweeney commented on confusion about how employers with unionized employees should handle multiemployer coverage in order to comply with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requirements. Applicable large employers are supposed to send 1095-C forms describing coverage to employees and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in early 2016. However, in practice, the multiemployer plans have refused to fill out the 1095-C forms or give employers the information they would need to fill out the forms, Sweeney said, adding that some multiemployer plan administrators have argued that providing the 1095-C information could violate the enrollees' health privacy rights. Uncertainty about the matter is an example of how PPACA implementation has been much more complicated than implementation of the other big benefits laws that have come out in recent decades, Sweeney said. "It's a much bigger undertaking," she said.
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