Where Do We Stand: the ACA as of January 2017

President Trump wasted no time and signed an Executive Order on January 20th, which, among other things, directs the Agencies to:

“....exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications; provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs; and encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance, with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.”

What Does This Mean?

Immediately, no action is required by anyone, and nothing happens yet. The heads of CMS, IRS, DOL, & HHS need to be in place and then act before anything specific will happens regarding directive for individuals and employers under the ACA. We expect more information in the coming months.

Employers should continue to prepare for, and comply with the February and March 1095 and 1094 distribution and filing deadlines set by the IRS.