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Peter Marathas - BAN Compliance Director

The Benefit Advisors Network (BAN) Compliance & Legal Department is represented by a team counseling business owners on new healthcare legislation and other various laws and regulations including ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA and the Internal Revenue Code.

BAN Compliance Director, Peter Marathas, is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Massachusetts on Universal Healthcare and across the country on the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

Stacy Barrow - BAN Compliance Department

Stacy Barrow, has extensive technical knowledge and experience designing and implementing employee benefits and compensation plans. Stacy uses a practical, business-focused approach to counsel his clients on complex employee benefits and executive compensation matters.


Legal Alert: Short-Term Spending Bill Delays Cadillac Tax, Other ACA Taxes

Legal Alert
Short-Term Spending Bill Delays Cadillac Tax, Other ACA Taxes
On January 22, 2018, President Trump signed H.R. 195:  Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018, which is a short-term spending bill that re-opened the federal government after a three-day shutdown.  As discussed below, the bill:
  • Extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, through the fiscal year 2023;

Legal Alert: Employee Benefit Changes in the Tax Cuts and Job Acts of 2017

Legal Alert
Employee Benefit Changes in the Tax Cuts and Job Acts of 2017

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed what is popularly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Bill”), overhauling America’s tax code for both individuals and corporations and providing the most sweeping changes to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986.

Legal Alert: Court Vacates EEOC’s Wellness Program Incentives Rules Effective January 1, 2019

Legal Alert
Court Vacates EEOC’s Wellness Program Incentives Rules Effective January 1, 2019

In an opinion dated December 20, 2017, in American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) v. EEOC, the federal court in the District of Columbia vacated, effective January 1, 2019, the portions of the final regulations that the EEOC issued last year under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) addressing wellness program incentives.  The current regulations will remain effective for 2018 while the EEOC reconsiders and promulgates new rules.

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Legal Alert: IRS Extends Deadline for Furnishing Forms 1095, Extends Good Faith Transition Relief

Legal Alert
IRS Extends Deadline for Furnishing Forms 1095, Extends Good Faith Transition Relief
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2018-6, extending the deadline for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals from January 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018, as well as penalty relief for good-faith reporting errors.

Legal Alert: Massachusetts Releases Proposed Regulations on EMAC Supplement; HIRD Form Returns

Legal Alert
On August 1, 2017, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed H.3822, which increases the existing Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) and imposes an additional fee (EMAC Supplement) on employers with employees covered under MassHealth (Medicaid) or who receive subsidized coverage through ConnectorCare (certain plans offered through Massachusetts’ Marketplace).  The increased EMAC and the EMAC Supplement are effective for 2018 and 2019 and are intended to sunset after 2019.
  

Legal Alert: Court Requires EEOC to Substantiate 30% Limit on Wellness Program Incentives

Legal Alert
Court Requires EEOC to Substantiate 30% Limit on Wellness Program Incentives

On August 22, 2017, a federal court in the District of Columbia ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to reconsider the limits it placed on wellness program incentives under final regulations the agency issued last year under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Legal Alert: Senate Republicans Release Updated Discussion Draft of ACA Repeal Bill

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a 142-page healthcare “Discussion Draft” of legislation, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), which is the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “repeal-and-replace” legislation American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last month.

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