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Is it the end of the Michigan Marriage Amendment?

Is it the end of the Michigan Marriage Amendment?

In the court case Deboer v Snyder, a federal court judge ruled that the voter-approved Michigan Marriage Amendment prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying in Michigan was unconstitutional. However, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the federal trial court ruling in Deboer v Snyder as the State of Michigan prepares to appeal the decision.

So what does this mean for health care insurers? This means that the Michigan Marriage Amendment banning same-sex marriage remains the law in Michigan until the Sixth Circuit decides the State of Michigan's appeal of the Deboer ruling.  However, insurers will want to keep an eye on this case to determine if they should offer same-sex health insurance benefits or change their definitions of spouse under their plans.

For information on what this ruling would mean for employers, see  this article by Foster Swift. 

Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment, Insurance

Pivotal Question for 2014: Are you a Large Employer?

large employerWhile originally scheduled to start in 2014, now beginning in 2015, "large employers" will be required to provide adequate health care coverage to their full time employees or pay a penalty. This requirement is known as health care reform’s Employer Mandate. In order to assess whether your company is subject to the Employer Mandate, you must first determine whether your company is a "large employer." Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment, Health Care Reform

Avoiding Michigan’s Right to Work Legislation

Michigan’s Right to Work legislation (“Legislation”) was signed into law by Governor Synder on December 12, 2012.  The Legislation will become effective on the 91st day following the final adjournment of the 2012 regular session of the Michigan legislature (December 27, 2012). Unions are attempting to either renew or extend current collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs”) prior to the Legislation becoming effective, in an effort to avoid impact that the Legislation would have on union dues and participation. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment, Regulatory

Proposed Rules Related to Coverage of Contraceptive Services Just Released

coverage of contraceptive servicesOn January 30, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (collectively, the “Departments”) jointly released proposed rules related to the coverage of preventive services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”).  When initially enacted, PPACA required certain health plans to provide benefits for particular preventive health services, including coverage of contraceptives, without the imposition of cost sharing measures (i.e., individuals covered by the plan would not be required to pay anything for the services).  This coverage requirement became effective on the first day of the plan year that followed August 1, 2012.  For calendar year plans, the effective date was January 1, 2013. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform, Insurance, Regulatory

Health Care Benefits Provided to Same Sex Couples in Michigan - Are the Laws Changing?

health care benefits provided to same sex couplesIn 2008, the Michigan Supreme Court concluded that domestic partnership policies intended to provide health care benefits to same sex couples violated Michigan law.  Specifically, National Pride at Work v Governor held that such policies violated the Michigan Marriage Amendment (“Marriage Amendment”) by recognizing same sex domestic partnerships as analogous to a marriage or similar union.  (The Marriage Amendment recognizes the union of one man and one woman as the only agreement recognized as a marriage and also prohibits public employers from providing health insurance benefits to their employees' same-sex domestic partners.) Since the decision in National Pride... ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Physicians

Employer Mandate and the Controlled Group Rules

controlled group rulesEmployers with 50 or more full time equivalent employees (“FTEs”) will be subject to a penalty tax for: (1) failing to offer health care coverage to all full time employees; ( 2) offering minimum essential coverage that is unaffordable; or (3) offering minimum essential coverage where the Plan pays less than 60% of cost.   This is often referred to as the Employer Mandate of PPACA. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform, Insurance, Regulatory

Determination of Affordability and Minimum Value Under PPACA

determination of affordabilityThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") requires "large employers" to provide affordable health coverage of a minimum value to full-time employees and their dependents starting in 2014.  A large employer failing to do so may be subject to penalties.

Coverage is considered affordable to an employee if the employee portion of the self-only premium for the employer's lowest-cost coverage does not exceed 9.5% of the employee's household income, but only if the lowest-cost coverage provides a minimum value.  Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Marches On

As President Obama moves into his second term, health care reform moves forward with him. Wholesale repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) now seems highly unlikely. With the majority of the PPACA provisions slated to go into effect in 2014, employers need to be ready.

Foster Swift has developed guides to aid employers with their preparation efforts. Click the links below to download these guides.


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Documents updated 07-12-2013

If you have any questions regarding health care reform, please contact a member of the Foster Swift Health Care Law Group.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment, Health Care Reform, Hospitals, Insurance, Physicians, Regulatory

Recap of 2012 Healthcare Forum

On October 11, 2012, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Healthcare Forum.  A half-day event, the Healthcare Forum brings together mid-Michigan leaders in the health care industry to provide updates on the latest issues.  This year’s forum, titled “Countdown to 2014 – The Tools to Conform to Healthcare Reform,” drew nearly 100 attendees and featured topics including: Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employment, Health Care Reform, Labor Relations, Regulatory

Michigan will Pursue Federal Partnership for its Health Insurance Exchange

federal partnership for health insurance exchangeAt the end of August, Governor Rick Snyder announced that Michigan will be pursuing a federal-state partnership for its health insurance exchange.  Health insurance exchanges are a requirement of the federal Health Care Reform law.  Health insurance exchanges are designed to  facilitate the purchase of health insurance by consumers through an online, cost-competitive forum.  Each state has the option to: (1) operate its own health insurance exchange; (2) partner with the federal government; or (3) allow the federal government to manage its health insurance exchange. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform, Health Insurance Exchange, Insurance, Regulatory