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New, Healthy Vending Machine!

Posted by Sarah Grauel on August 25, 2015

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Last month Cobbs Allen added another perk to our health & wellness initiative by installing a new vending machine with an array of healthy drink and snack options. Many employees had voiced their concerns about our current vending machines not offering anything other than candy, chips, and sodas (with the occasional bottled water).


Big Win for Education Sector

Posted by Tracy Leeth on July 6, 2015

On June 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of Husch Blackwell client Sanford-Brown College, rejecting an alleged whistleblower’s overbroad theory of liability under the False Claims Act (FCA). Husch Blackwell Higher Education partners Martin Loring and Derek Teeter represented Sanford-Brown before the Seventh Circuit.


Benefits Coverage for Same Sex Spouses

Posted by Tracy Leeth on June 29, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling last Friday prohibiting state bans on same-sex marriage and giving same-sex spouses the same rights as opposite-sex spouses under state and federal law.  Currently, fourteen states ban same-sex marriage.  In regards to health and welfare plans, this landmark case (Obergefell v. Hodges) impacts certain employers from a plan eligibility, enrollment and administrative perspective.


Announcing a New Education Partner

Posted by on June 26, 2015

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As we continue to expand our education practice group Cobbs Allen is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Bill Ojile and his firm Armstrong Teasdale to provide an initial claims assessment for qui tam actions, state attorneys general investigations, student class actions and employee class actions.


Compliance Corner: Subsidies Upheld by Supreme Court

Posted by Tracy Leeth on June 25, 2015

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act's subsidies for participants in federally-facilitated Marketplace/Exchange plans in King v. Burwell.



Compliance Corner: 1094/1095 Reporting

Posted by Tracy Leeth on June 23, 2015

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In order to enforce the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Employer Responsibility and Individual Mandates and reconcile with Marketplace subsidies, the IRS requires certain employers, insurers, and other parties to furnish information annually including - full-time employment status, health plan offers and covered individuals - to name a few.



Compliance Corner: SBC Final Rules

Posted by Tracy Leeth on June 17, 2015

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Today, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, and Health and Human Services released final regulations for the Affordable Care Act's Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) requirements. HHS also released a "Fact Sheet" to accompany the release of the regulations. The regulations largely follow and consolidate prior SBC guidance with little change.