HHS Awards $685 Million to Improve Patient Care

HHS Awards $685 Million to Improve Patient Care

September 30, 2015 The Department of Health and Human Services announced $685 million in awards aimed at improving quality of care and reducing costs. The money will go to health care networks and Read More
Number of Uninsured Women Sharply Lower

Number of Uninsured Women Sharply Lower

September 29, 2015 The percentage of women aged 15 to 44 dropped sharply between 2013 and 2014, the first full year of implementation of the Affordable Care Act,,according to an analysis by the Read More
Coverage Offer Can Affect Shared Responsibility Payment

Coverage Offer Can Affect Shared Responsibility Payment

September 25, 2015 Under the Affordable Care Act, applicable large employers are subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions. They must either offer affordable minimum essential coverage to full-time employees and their dependents, Read More
IRS To Help Avoid Duplicate ACA Reporting

IRS To Help Avoid Duplicate ACA Reporting

September 24, 2015 The IRS is preparing new regulations to help avoid duplicate reporting of an individual’s minimum essential coverage when there is reasonable certainty that the provider of the “primary” coverage will report. The Read More
Employer Premiums Up 4%, Deductibles Rising Faster

Employer Premiums Up 4%, Deductibles Rising Faster

September 23, 2015 Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 4% this year, continuing a decade-long period of moderate growth, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But the size of deductibles paid Read More
House Can Sue Administration on ACA Funding

House Can Sue Administration on ACA Funding

September 21, 2015 The House of Representatives can pursue its lawsuit against the Obama Administration that claims funding of subsidies under the Affordable Care Act violate the Constitution. Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of Read More
IRS Releases Final Reporting Forms

IRS Releases Final Reporting Forms

September 21, 2015 As get ready to file 2015 reports required by the Act, the Internal Revenue has released the final for submitting these reports, along with instructions for them. For reports filed Read More
Nine Facts about IRS Letters

Nine Facts about IRS Letters

September 17, 2015 The IRS sent letters this summer to some taxpayers who were issued a Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, showing that advance payments of the premium tax credit were paid Read More
S&P Says Nonprofit Providers Are Financially Stronger

S&P Says Nonprofit Providers Are Financially Stronger

September 17, 2015 The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion and the wave of mergers they have triggered have made the nonprofit healthcare sector financially stronger, according to the Standard & Poor’s ratings agency. Read More
IRS Proposes Changes To Ease ACA Reporting

IRS Proposes Changes To Ease ACA Reporting

September 17, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service said it will propose a number of changes in the regulations on reports related to the Affordable Care Act. All of the proposed changes will have Read More
Study Says Hospitals Serving Poor Are Punished

Study Says Hospitals Serving Poor Are Punished

September 16, 2015 A study by researchers at Harvard Medical School says an Act intended to make hospitals more efficient is unintentionally punishing hospitals that serve the sickest, poorest and least-educated patients. Under Read More

Penalties Double For ACA Filing Failures

September 10, 2015 Penalties for failure to satisfy the complex IRS filing requirements resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have just doubled. With filing deadlines approaching, employers should act quickly to ensure Read More
IRS Bans “Skinny” Health Plans

IRS Bans “Skinny” Health Plans

September 10, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations that will require employer-sponsored health care plans to include “substantial coverage” for in-patient hospitalization and physician services. So-called “skinny” plans that lack Read More
Key Dates for ACA Open Enrollment

Key Dates for ACA Open Enrollment

September 8, 2015 November 1, 2015 – Open Enrollment begins. Individuals can apply for, drop, keep or change their Insurance plans. December 15, 2015 – Individuals must enroll by this date if they Read More
NLRB Decision Likely To Affect ACA Compliance

NLRB Decision Likely To Affect ACA Compliance

September 4, 2015 A decision by the National Labor Relations Board that franchisors and companies using staffing agencies can be considered joint employers is expected to have a significant impact on companies that Read More
$11 Billion in Credits Paid During Filing Season

$11 Billion in Credits Paid During Filing Season

September 3, 2015 Consumers who bought individual health insurance coverage through federal and state exchanges received almost $11 billion in premium assistance tax credits in fiscal year 2014, according to a report by Read More
ACA Reporting Requirements For Large Employers

ACA Reporting Requirements For Large Employers

September 2, 2015 Companies with 50 or more full-time employees should be gathering information now for Affordable Care Act reports they will have to provide to the IRS and to their employees early Read More
Tools to Estimate ACA Fees and Credits

Tools to Estimate ACA Fees and Credits

September 1, 2015 The IRS has developed tools for employers and individuals to estimate their credits and payments related to the Affordable Care Act. The tools, available online, only provide an estimate intended Read More