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 by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business this week.

The Guide, which debuted in 2010 and is now in its third 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 Affordable Care Act that affect their employee health benefit plans. It covers information on the latest developments, including:

  • An in-depth analysis of the costs and opportunities that the Affordable Care Act presents for different types of employers 
  • A review of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the law’s constitutionality 
  • New notice and reporting requirements for employers that maintain health coverage for employees 
  • Plan design mandates affecting employer-sponsored health plans 
  • Subsidies and tax credits available to employers that provide health plans 
  • New taxes and fees applicable to employers, health plans, and individuals

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, Kurt R. Anderson, and Clifford J. Schoner.

“This edition of our Guide is part of our ongoing effort to help employers navigate the growing number of mandates created by the Affordable Care Act,” said Ms. Hemphill. “Compliance with the law is daunting, and employers need to be armed with the most current information available.”

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 is critical that business owners and management understand these latest legal developments and how they affect business,” said Mr. Pinheiro, who also leads the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. “It’s a confusing subject, but a critically important one. We’re pleased to be able to give people the most up-to-date information available and help them understand what federal health care reform means for them.”

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