Attorneys in Ballard Spahr’s Health Care Reform Initiative have written an updated edition of the Employer’s Guide to Health Care Reform, which was released this month by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. 

The Guide, which debuted in 2010 and is now in its fourth edition, helps employers cut through the confusion of health care reform. It provides practical, step-by-step advice for employers struggling to keep up with the changes mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that affect their employee health benefit plans.

The Guide also details the immediate changes for employment-based health benefit plans, identifies cost-saving opportunities for employers, and addresses employee mandates and health care exchanges. It covers information on the latest developments, including:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the law’s constitutionality
  • Legal challenges by religious organizations seeking exemptions from the requirement to cover contraceptive services 
  • When a plan is a "grandfathered" health plan—and how to keep it that way 
  • Subsidies and tax credits available to employers that provide health coverage to employees
  • New notice and reporting requirements for employers that maintain health coverage for employees 
  • How employers can determine whether their coverage is adequate and affordable 
  • The impact of the delay in implementation of the employer pay-or-play rules until 2015  

Ballard Spahr’s Health Care Reform Initiative helps employers understand the law and plan for the future. Its practice leaders, Brian M. Pinheiro and Jean C. Hemphill, authored the Guide along with attorneys Jonathan M. Calpas and Kurt R. Anderson.

"With the new Health Care Marketplaces opening throughout the United States on January 1, 2014, health care reform is becoming a reality for employers," said Mr. Pinheiro, who also serves as Chair of Ballard Spahr's Business and Finance Department. "Employers need to analyze whether and how their employee group health plans comply with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The Employer's Guide to Health Care Reform is a terrific tool that can guide employers through the maze of health care reform." 

For more information on the Guide, visit the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business website at

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