On Friday, November 3 the House approved 5 more years of financing for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Due to provisions in the bill that cut funding for the ACA's Public Health Fund, increase Medicare Part B and D premiums and repeal an ACA 3 month grace period for non-payment of premiums, it is likely that this bill will be held up in the Senate. If the Senate does not accept this version of the bill, then a committee will be formed to work on the differences.
On Thursday, November 2nd the House Republicans released their Tax Reform proposal. It did not include any changes to the employer exclusion of health insurance nor does it repeal the ACA's individual mandate as originally suggested.
On Tuesday, October 31st the IRS published
which provides guidance to employers on the requirements for providing Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA). The notice covers a wide range of issues surrounding implementation and compliance as well as tax rules that impact both the employer and employee. The IRS will be accepting comments on this notice until January 19, 2018.