10% of Big Nonprofits Seek Contraception Waivers

10% of Big Nonprofits Seek Contraception Waivers

November 30, 2015 One in 10 nonprofit organizations that have more than 1,000 employees have asked for an “accommodation” to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health plans include coverage for contraception. Federal Read More
Update on State Medicaid Expansion Waivers

Update on State Medicaid Expansion Waivers

November 27, 2015 With recent governors’ elections in  Kentucky and Louisiana refocusing attention on state Medicaid expansion decisions, the Kaiser Family Foundation has published an overview of the waivers obtained by six states, Read More
Week 3 Plan Selections Near 568,000

Week 3 Plan Selections Near 568,000

November 25, 2015 The Healthcare.gov online marketplace was used by 567,822 consumers to select insurance plans during the third week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued by the The Read More
CMS Proposes Improvements for 2017 Marketplace

CMS Proposes Improvements for 2017 Marketplace

November 23, 2015 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposals for companies that will participate in the Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2017 that are aimed at improving the consumer experience, Read More
Five Facts about Deductibles

Five Facts about Deductibles

November 20, 2015 Consumers who shop for coverage at HealthCare. gov have a variety of plans from which to choose, allowing them to find a plan that meets their health needs and budget. Read More
Week 2 Plan Selections Top 500,000

Week 2 Plan Selections Top 500,000

November 19, 2015 The Healthcare.gov online marketplace was used by 534,778 consumers to select insurance plans during the second week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued by the Department Read More
Help For Employers on ACA Filing Requirements

Help For Employers on ACA Filing Requirements

November 17, 2015 The IRS is providing information to help companies understand the requirements for electronic filing information related to the Affordable Care Act. Information and transmittals can be electronically filed through the Information Read More
Final Regulations Issued for ACA Market Reforms

Final Regulations Issued for ACA Market Reforms

November 16, 2015 In a 379-page document, the , the Labor Department and the Department and Human Services jointly issued finalized regulations on half a dozen topics related to the Act. The regulations Read More
No Change in Doctors’ Ability to Provide Care

No Change in Doctors’ Ability to Provide Care

November 16, 2015 Most primary care doctors report that the Affordable Care Act has caused no change in their ability to provide quality care, although like the general population their opinions about the Read More
HHS Will Test Bundled Fee for Joint Replacements

HHS Will Test Bundled Fee for Joint Replacements

November 13, 2015 A unit the Department and Human Services (HHS) will test bundled and quality for hip and knee replacement, beginning April 1, 2016. The test is aimed at encouraging hospitals, physicians Read More
Millions Use Healthcare.gov in Week 1

Millions Use Healthcare.gov in Week 1

November 12, 2015 Almost 3.2 million consumers used the website during the first open for Act , the Department and Human Services announced in its initial weekly “snapshot” report for the current . Read More
IRS Posts Information for Large Employers

IRS Posts Information for Large Employers

November 10, 2015 The Internal Revenue Services has added a page to its website which centralizes information to help “applicable large employers” comply with provisions of the Affordable Care Act. An applicable large Read More
Contraception Back Before Supreme Court

Contraception Back Before Supreme Court

November 9, 2015 At the request the Obama administration, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case centered on religious freedom and access to contraception under the Act. The court will hear Read More
Tax Considerations During Open Enrollment

Tax Considerations During Open Enrollment

November 6, 2015 The is alerting consumers to three matters they should consider while purchasing or renewing via an online . When a consumer applies for assistance to help pay the premiums for Read More
Understanding Form 1095-B

Understanding Form 1095-B

November 5, 2015 The has issued a memo explaining to , employees and consumers what information needs to be included in Form when . Form is used to report information to the and Read More
Mid-Size Companies Must Offer Coverage in 2016

Mid-Size Companies Must Offer Coverage in 2016

November 2, 2015 Employers with 50 to 99 full-time workers, or full-time equivalents, will be required to offer Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance in 2016. Companies with 100 or more employees (or FTEs), Read More
ACA Automatic Enrollment Repealed

ACA Automatic Enrollment Repealed

November 2, 2015 The “automatic enrollment” provision of the Affordable Care Act, never enforced, has been repealed under the budget deal hammered out between Congress and the White House and signed into law Read More
Premiums For Key Plans Up An Average Of 7.5%

Premiums For Key Plans Up An Average Of 7.5%

November 2, 2015 Premiums will increase an average 7.5% for the second-lowest- silver insurance plans offered next year in the 37 states where the federal government operates marketplaces, according to a Kaiser Foundation Read More
Prescription Drug Costs Are Top Issue For Public

Prescription Drug Costs Are Top Issue For Public

November 2, 2015 With presidential candidates in both parties proposing changes to the nation’s health care system, most consumers are much more interested in the cost of prescription drugs, according to a poll Read More