Companies Struggle With ACA Reporting

July 30, 2015 New reporting requirements mandated by the Affordable Care Act are posing challenges to large and small companies, and most employers have made little progress on deciding on or implementing a Read More

California Health Insurance Rates To Rise By 4%

July 29, 2015 California’s Affordable Care Act exchange, known as Covered California, has negotiated an average 4% increase in premiums for the 1.3 million residents of the state who buy individual insurance through Read More
Non-Physicians Do More, Cost Less

Non-Physicians Do More, Cost Less

July 28, 2015 An increasing amount of medical care is being delivered by nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other non-physician providers, making care more widely available and helping hold down costs, according to Read More
IRS Alerts Employers on Required Reports

IRS Alerts Employers on Required Reports

July 27, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a reminder that all employers that provide self-insured health coverage, must file an annual return reporting certain information for each employee they cover. If Read More
Utah Legislators Agree on Medicaid Expansion

Utah Legislators Agree on Medicaid Expansion

July 21, 2015 After two years of debate and months of closed-door negotiations, Utah’s Republican governor and state legislature have agreed on a deal to expand Medicaid in that state, covering about 126,000 Read More
ACA Offers Help For Informal Caregivers

ACA Offers Help For Informal Caregivers

July 21, 2015 Millions of Americans who provide unpaid care for ill, disabled or aged family members or friends can now get help through the Affordable Care Act for their own physical and Read More
IRS Offers ACA Webinars for Employers and Insurers

IRS Offers ACA Webinars for Employers and Insurers

July 20, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service is offering a series of three webinars designed to help employers and insurance providers understand provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The webinars will be held Read More
Alaska’s Governor Acts to Expand Medicaid

Alaska’s Governor Acts to Expand Medicaid

July 17, 2015 Alaska’s Gov. Bill Walker moved to expand Medicaid, saying he will ask the administration to offer Medicaid coverage to all qualifying residents of the state. Noting that Alaska’s legislature had Read More

IRS Audits Its Own Service to Taxpayers

July 16, 2015 Despite a few glitches, the Internal Revenue Service says, the agency’s staff did a “commendable” job implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The most significant new challenge the IRS Read More

New Rules on Religious Objections to Birth Control

July 14, 2015 The Obama administration has unveiled new rules aiming to address religious objections by to providing birth control to female employees as required by the Act. For any questions or a Read More

Impact of ‘King’ on Applicable Large Employers

July 13, 2015 Impact of ‘King’ on Applicable Large Employers The Supreme Court’s decision in ‘King v. Burwell’ had ramifications for “applicable large employers” that went beyond approving payment of insurance subsidies in Read More

Time’s Up on Premium Reimbursement

July 9, 2015 Time’s Up on Premium Reimbursement The IRS has taken a hard position on employer payment plans under the ACA, and now the time is up for small employers to comply. Read More
Enrollments Alone Don’t Lead to Better Health

Enrollments Alone Don’t Lead to Better Health

July 9, 2015 Despite the Affordable Care Act’s success in getting 16 million more Americans enrolled in health insurance programs, major hurdles still keep consumers from understanding their coverage, finding a doctor and Read More
Penalties Increased for Filing Errors

Penalties Increased for Filing Errors

July 7, 2015 Penalties in sections of the Internal Revenue Code relating to the failure to timely file correct and complete information in a return as well as the failure to timely distribute Read More

College’s Objection to Contraception Coverage Is Denied

July 3, 2015 The US Court of Appeals has denied a religious college’s request to bar the government from enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance plans cover the cost of all Read More

Number of High-Cost Claims Smaller Than Expected

July 2, 2015 The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurers offer coverage to everyone, including those with serious pre-existing medical expenses, has not resulted in a surge of hight-cost claims. The federal agency Read More

Data Posted on $6.5 Billion In Payments To Doctors

July 2, 2015 Information is now available online for 11.4 million financial transactions paid by drug and medical device suppliers to 600,000 physicians and 1,100 teaching hospitals. The payments total $6.49 billion. The Read More