Archive For The “ACA” Category

Congressional Budget Office Sends Death Blow to ObamaCare

By | February 19, 2014

The Affordable Care Act, a k a ObamaCare, became law almost four years ago. It became operational last Oct. 1. Yesterday, Feb. 4, 2014, the ACA may well have been dealt its death blow. The Congressional Budget Office released a major study of the government’s budget and its effect on the overall economy over the next 10 […]

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Healthcare Reform: Final Pay or Play Rule Will Exclude Volunteer Emergency Responders

By | January 22, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires large employers to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to their full-time employees or pay a penalty. This employer penalty is known as the “shared responsibility” or “pay or play” penalty. On Jan. 2, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a proposed rule on the employer shared responsibility […]

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Healthcare Reform: Federal Judge Rejects ACA Lawsuit Over Exchange Subsidies

By | January 22, 2014

On May 2, 2013, several individuals and employers filed a lawsuit challenging the ability of the federal government to provide tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to individuals in states that did not establish their own Exchanges (that is, in states with federally-facilitated Exchanges, or FFEs). This case, Halbig v. Sebelius, was filed […]

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Healthcare Reform: Proposed Expansion of “Excepted Benefits”

By | January 22, 2014

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) established certain categories of “excepted benefits” that generally are not governed by the HIPAA portability regulations. Employee benefits that qualify as excepted benefits under HIPAA are also not subject to the market reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the ACA’s prohibition on annual […]

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Know Your Benefits: Transition Policy for Canceled Health Plans

By | January 22, 2014

If you have received a notice that your health insurance plan is canceled, you are probably wondering what to do next. With so many changes occurring due to health care reform, you need to know how to obtain health coverage. Read on for information about why policies are being canceled and what new options are […]

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