Federal Health Care Reform

Cities need to make sure they are complying with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here you will find helpful educational resources such as webinars, updates of legislative events, and tools to help you stay abreast of the constantly changing legislative environment. The League has partnered with Gallagher Benefit Services to provide many of these resources.

Recent news

Better Care Reconciliation Act published
The U.S. Senate published the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on June 22. As is the case with most legislation, and particularly healthcare reform related items, it is very likely to change before a final version is sent for a vote. But for those who are interested in the June 22 version of the bill, find out more from a Society for Human Resource Management article.

GOP leadership would like a vote on the bill before the July 4th holiday break; however, it may be difficult given the short time frame. Whenever a final vote is passed, the League will be sure to provide an update on the bill and what that means to cities. Stay tuned!

Affordable Care Act replacement plan unveiled
The framework associated with the provisions of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), seeking to modify, repeal, and/or replace provisions of the Affordable Care Act, was released on March 6.
Get details of AHCA

Education and learning

Webinar: ACA Reporting—Challenges, Strategies, Solutions, Examples
Employer and health coverage provider reporting to the IRS and individual health plan participants under the ACA became mandatory for calendar year 2015. The information filing with the IRS and the reporting to employees was due for the first time in early 2016, and must be done annually. Listen to this webinar from Gallagher Benefit Services to learn more.
Learn more and register for the webinar on the Gallagher site
(Note: When registering, you will be asked to provide the name of an "AJG Consultant." Enter the name: Yvonne Johnson.)

Webinar: The Cadillac Tax
You’ve probably heard about the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) “Cadillac tax,” which will be imposed on some employee health care plans considered “rich” in benefits. This recorded webinar can be a useful tool for employees, supervisors, and unions to learn about the Cadillac tax, and how it will impact you.
Access the webinar

Webinar: Preparing and Budgeting for Changes Associated with Federal Health Care Reform
This webinar covers how federal health care reform will impact cities' group health benefits.
Access the presentation slides and recording for this webinar

ACA webcasts
The League has partnered with Gallagher Benefit Services and Madden Galanter Hansen, LLP, to create a series of videos and podcasts on important topics cities need to understand about the Affordable Care Act.

Effective dates of ACA provisions

Important ACA topics

Tools and models

Additional resources