Sharon Cohen, JD

About Sharon Cohen, JD

Sharon Cohen is a Principal and compliance expert in the Knowledge Resource Center of Xerox HR Services. Sharon handles complex questions related to welfare benefits, including the Affordable Care Act, employer group health plans, dependent care assistance plans, cafeteria plans, consumer driven health plans, wellness programs and retiree medical.
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    Legislation Would Suspend ACA Individual and Employer Mandates

Legislation Would Suspend ACA Individual and Employer Mandates

Volume 8 | Issue 38
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While the big news in Congress last week was the release of the House tax reform bill (see

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    White House Directs Departments to Consider New ACA Rules; Stops Cost Sharing Subsidies

White House Directs Departments to Consider New ACA Rules; Stops Cost Sharing Subsidies

Volume 8 | Issue 37
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An executive order signed by the president on October 12 directs the departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health

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    Lawmakers Consider Health Care Landscape and Joint Employer Standards

Lawmakers Consider Health Care Landscape and Joint Employer Standards

Volume 8 | Issue 35
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Some senators reached across the aisle to pursue bipartisan solutions to stabilize the health care insurance market while

Bipartisan Focus on Health Care Reform

Volume 8 | Issue 34
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With the August recess behind them, lawmakers returned to the Hill and examined strategies to stabilize the health

Senate Democrats Outline Their Vision for the Future

Volume 8 | Issue 33
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Senate Democrats unveiled a plan dubbed “A Better Deal.” Designed to help the middle class and released shortly

Dealing with Failed Attempts to Repeal ACA

Volume 8 | Issue 30
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Following Republican Senators’ failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senators from both sides of the aisle

Senate GOP Fails to Advance Health Care Reform

Volume 8 | Issue 29
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Dismantling the Affordable Care Act is a daunting task and last week Republican Senators struck out as they strived

Congress Examines ACA Repeal and Fiduciary Rule

Volume 8 | Issue 28
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Summertime often brings back memories or dreams of rest and relaxation. However, given the latest Hill activity related to

Discord Impedes GOP Health Care Reform Efforts

Volume 8 | Issue 26
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Before the July 4 recess, Republican lawmakers acknowledged a lack of intraparty harmony and postponed a Senate vote

Senate Health Care Reform Bill – Out from the Shadows

Volume 8 | Issue 25
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Last week, after being shrouded in secrecy, the Senate released a discussion draft – not final legislative language

Mystery Over: President Proposes Budget and CBO Scores AHCA

Volume 8 | Issue 21
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Last week Congress received President Trump’s 2018 fiscal year budget proposal and the CBO analysis of the House-passed health

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    House Passes AHCA; Funding Secured for Gov’t and Coal Miners’ Health Benefits; News on DOL Rules

House Passes AHCA; Funding Secured for Gov’t and Coal Miners’ Health Benefits; News on DOL Rules

Volume 8 | Issue 18
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Last week, the House passed the American Health Care Act, legislation that would leave intact some pillars of

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    Health Care Reform Chugs Along; Bills Aim to Enhance Workers’ Leave Rights; Trump Proposal Spotlights Mental Health

Health Care Reform Chugs Along; Bills Aim to Enhance Workers’ Leave Rights; Trump Proposal Spotlights Mental Health

Volume 8 | Issue 11
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Last week, neither a late winter Nor’easter nor lack of consensus could throw lawmakers off track in advancing

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    ACA Reform Efforts Accelerate; Multiemployer Pension and State-Run Savings Plans in Spotlight

ACA Reform Efforts Accelerate; Multiemployer Pension and State-Run Savings Plans in Spotlight

Volume 8 | Issue 10
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Last week, a legislative proposal to repeal and replace substantial portions of the Affordable Care Act – introduced

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    Conduent on Capitol Hill; Trump Discusses ACA Repeal and Replace Principles

Conduent on Capitol Hill; Trump Discusses ACA Repeal and Replace Principles

Volume 8 | Issue 09
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Conduent Human Resource Services teamed up with the American Benefits Council on Capitol Hill to testify about the

HSAs: Key Pillar in Post-ACA Landscape?

Volume 8 | Issue 08
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In this issue, we focus on the future of health savings accounts and newly introduced legislation that would

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    Retirement and Pension Bills Emerge from Under ACA Shadow; Fiduciary Rule Fate Remains Uncertain

Retirement and Pension Bills Emerge from Under ACA Shadow; Fiduciary Rule Fate Remains Uncertain

Volume 8 | Issue 06
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Although health care reform and Senate confirmation hearings continue to dominate the conversation, lawmakers have introduced legislation to

Flurry of Activity, But No ACA or HR Changes Yet

Volume 8 | Issue 04
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Last week, although Republican lawmakers took steps to advance their agenda to repeal and replace the Affordable Care

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    Trump Sets Stage for ACA and Regulatory Reform; Senate Vets HHS Nominee

Trump Sets Stage for ACA and Regulatory Reform; Senate Vets HHS Nominee

Volume 8 | Issue 03
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Shortly after the country’s 45th president was sworn in on Friday, he issued an executive order that would

ACA and Trump Administration Dominate Conversation

Volume 8 | Issue 02
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 Last week, Congress focused on the next chapter for the Affordable Care Act and President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees.

Peeking Around the Corner to 2017

Volume 7 | Issue 50
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The newly elected 115th Congress will be sworn in on January 3, 2017, and their focus will be

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    Winding Down: Focus on Government Spending Bill and Leadership Positions

Winding Down: Focus on Government Spending Bill and Leadership Positions

Volume 7 | Issue 48
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With few days left before government funding runs out, lawmakers spent recent days considering how to avert a government

Spotlight on Government Funding and Future of ACA

Volume 7 | Issue 46
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The House and Senate returned last week to finish one congressional term and prepare for the next. Putting

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    Election Results: Impact on Lame-Duck Session and the Balance of Power

Election Results: Impact on Lame-Duck Session and the Balance of Power

Volume 7 | Issue 45
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President Barack Obama will pass the reins to Donald Trump in January 2017, and the Republican Party will

Wellness Program Rules: Challenged and Challenging

Volume 7 | Issue 43
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Election campaigns remain the primary focus during the extended congressional recess that will end during the week of

Peek into Post-Recess, Lame-Duck Session

Volume 7 | Issue 42
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Navigating the “lame-duck” session, the short legislative period after the November 8 election, will be a complex, high-stakes

Presidential Debate Propels Healthcare into Spotlight

Volume 7 | Issue 41
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The Affordable Care Act, enacted in March 2010, touched virtually every aspect of the American healthcare system and

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Lawmakers Leave DC Until Lame-Duck Session Begins

Lawmakers Leave DC Until Lame-Duck Session Begins

Gearing up for 2017: Funding Talks Front and Center While Other Legislative Activity Continues

Gearing up for 2017: Funding Talks Front and Center While Other Legislative Activity Continues

Mental Health Parity Bills Launched into Spotlight with Clinton Proposal

Mental Health Parity Bills Launched into Spotlight with Clinton Proposal

Democratic Party Nominates Hillary Clinton and Releases Platform; Direction of Healthcare Up In the Air

Democratic Party Nominates Hillary Clinton and Releases Platform; Direction of Healthcare Up In the Air

House GOP Healthcare Plan Released in the Midst of a Flurry of Activity

House GOP Healthcare Plan Released in the Midst of a Flurry of Activity

House GOP Report Describes Vision for America; Appropriations Season in Full Bloom; Bills Advance

House GOP Report Describes Vision for America; Appropriations Season in Full Bloom; Bills Advance

ACA: Recap of Congress’ Efforts to Revise and Repeal

ACA: Recap of Congress’ Efforts to Revise and Repeal

Congress Looks Ahead to 2017

Congress Looks Ahead to 2017

OT Rule, Tax Reform Proposals and Healthcare 2.0 – A Full Plate for Congress

OT Rule, Tax Reform Proposals and Healthcare 2.0 – A Full Plate for Congress

Multiemployer Pension, Savings Programs, Overtime and ACA in Focus; Wellness Plan Rules Issued Today

Multiemployer Pension, Savings Programs, Overtime and ACA in Focus; Wellness Plan Rules Issued Today

Bipartisan Focus on Dependent Care FSAs, 529 Plans, and FMLA for Veterans; Republicans Mull ACA Future

Bipartisan Focus on Dependent Care FSAs, 529 Plans, and FMLA for Veterans; Republicans Mull ACA Future

Republicans Push Back on DOL Rules; Democrats Introduce Bills to Support Long-Term Unemployed

Republicans Push Back on DOL Rules; Democrats Introduce Bills to Support Long-Term Unemployed

PBGC Premium Bill Introduced; Equal Pay Day Shines Spotlight on Wages; Hearing Focuses on Healthcare

PBGC Premium Bill Introduced; Equal Pay Day Shines Spotlight on Wages; Hearing Focuses on Healthcare

Supreme Court Post-Scalia and EEO-1 Forms

Supreme Court Post-Scalia and EEO-1 Forms

NLRB and DOL Rules and Standards Scrutinized, with a Bit of Focus on ACA

NLRB and DOL Rules and Standards Scrutinized, with a Bit of Focus on ACA

Changes for Multiemployer Plans Considered Although Focus Is on Elections and Supreme Court Vacancy

Changes for Multiemployer Plans Considered Although Focus Is on Elections and Supreme Court Vacancy

Senate Judiciary Committee and the Supreme Court Vacancy Following Justice Scalia’s Death

Senate Judiciary Committee and the Supreme Court Vacancy Following Justice Scalia’s Death

State of the Union Sets Tone for 2016

State of the Union Sets Tone for 2016

ACA on Hot Seat as Congress Faces Year with Long Recesses and Focus on Elections

ACA on Hot Seat as Congress Faces Year with Long Recesses and Focus on Elections