On May 3, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations implementing the ACA’s health insurance premium tax credit, as amended by subsequent legislation. These proposed regulations affect individuals who enroll in qualified health plans through Affordable Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges) and claim the premium tax credit, and Exchanges that make qualified health plans available to individuals and employers. The proposed regulations also address determinations of whether health coverage under an eligible employer-sponsored plan provides minimum value. Comments and requests for a public hearing will be accepted until July 2, 2013. These regulations are proposed to apply for taxable years ending after December 31, 2013, and taxpayers may apply the proposed regulations for taxable years ending before January 1, 2015.
In separate document published May 13, 2013, the IRS proposed regulations that provide guidance to Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations, and certain other health care organizations, on computing and applying the medical loss ratio added to the Internal Revenue Code by the ACA, applicable to tax years beginning after December 31, 2013). Comments on the regulations will be accepted until August 12, 2013, and a September 17, 2013 public hearing has been scheduled on the regulations.