The Affordable Care Act Update: Issues in Employment Law

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Course Description

In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, restructuring healthcare access opportunities in the U.S. The Act, or "Obamacare", was ruled constitutional by a 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court. In this program, Eric Hargan, healthcare attorney and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, gives a detailed overview of the Act, paying particular focus to those issues affecting employers and employees.

Among the key topics covered are:
1) The Individual Mandate - The requirement for all Americans to buy health insurance or face a penalty.
2) The Employer Mandate - The requirement for companies with 50 or more employees to provide healthcare insurance.
3) Medicaid Changes - The threshold was raised and the coverage was expanded.

Mr. Hargan will also discuss potential impacts of the Act that, once rollout is completed, are expected to have on individuals and businesses.

Published: 6/10/2014

Length: 59min

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Eric Hargan

Eric D. Hargan is a shareholder of Greenberg Traurig. He focuses his practice on transactions, health care regulations and government relations. He also concentrates on corporate law across a variety of industries, particularly corporate finance, private equity, structured finance, and mergers and acquisitions transactions. For health industry companies and investors, his experience as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, combined with over a decade of experience as a transactional attorney, allow him to provide unique and advantageous insights to his clients. Previously, Eric served in the position of Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also served as Regulatory Policy Officer of the Department, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS, CMS and FDA regulations and significant guidance. At HHS, Eric oversaw all operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, the regulation of food, drugs and medical devices, public health, welfare programs, medical research and other activities.

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