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May 14, 2010

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the “PPACA”), many small businesses and certain tax-exempt organizations that provide health insurance coverage to their employees now qualify for a special tax credit. The credit was designed to encourage small employers to offer health insurance coverage for the first time or maintain coverage they already have. In this Client Alert, we explain who qualifies for the tax credit and how to calculate the amount of the credit.

April 30, 2010

As we previously reported, last month Congress passed and President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the “PPACA”). Among other things, the PPACA requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to establish a temporary program to reimburse certain plans that provide health insurance coverage to early retirees (the “Program”). The Program provides limited reimbursement to certain “plans” for “claims” by “early retirees.” Reimbursement may only be used for certain purposes. In this Client Alert, we discuss the Program.

April 21, 2010
Last month, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the “PPACA”). The PPACA is the most sweeping federal health care reform bill in a generation, imposing numerous reforms on the health care system and on health care plans.
April 16, 2010

On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “PPACA”), and a week later the President signed a second law which amended the PPACA, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the “Reconciliation Act”).

March 29, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights (the “OCR”) recently announced its intent to issue additional regulations on the privacy and security provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the “HITECH Act”).

March 30, 2010

On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed a $17.6 billion jobs package, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (the “HIRE Act”). The HIRE Act provides a payroll tax exemption for businesses that hire previously unemployed workers and provides for a tax credit for employers who retain qualified new workers for 52 consecutive weeks.

March 6, 2010

Earlier this week, the President signed the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (the “Extension Act”). The Extension Act extends the COBRA premium subsidy originally adopted in early 2009.

January 27, 2010
On January 25, 2010, the Federal Reserve Board (the “Board”) fully activated its Electronic Applications or “E-Apps” system.
January 13, 2010
Federal banking regulators’ heightened focus on the perceived relationship between excessive risk and incentive compensation
January 8, 2010

On January 5, 2010 the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury issued Notice 2010-6, which provides guidance on how to correct document failures under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Taxpayers may rely on this guidance for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2010.

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