Over 103,000 Selected Plans in Week 12

Over 103,000 Selected Plans in Week 12

January 28, 2016 More than 103,000 consumers selected Affordable Care Act health insurance plans through the Healthcare.gov online marketplace during the 12th week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued Read More
Voters Say The ACA Is Not a Key Issue

Voters Say The ACA Is Not a Key Issue

January 28, 2016 While many Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail vilify the Affordable Care Act, American voters across the country are not particularly focused on the health care law as Read More
Medicaid Enrollment and Efficiency Are Improving

Medicaid Enrollment and Efficiency Are Improving

January 27, 2016 State Medicaid and children’s health insurance programs have become significantly more efficient in their operations and more effective at enrolling those who qualify for coverage. As a result, more people Read More
2016 Massachusetts Insurance Mandate Penalties

2016 Massachusetts Insurance Mandate Penalties

January 25, 2016 Massachusetts residents who fail to comply with the state’s mandatory health insurance requirement – widely regarded as a model for the Affordable Care Act – may be subject to penalties Read More
New “Skinny” Plans Exclude Outpatient Surgeries

New “Skinny” Plans Exclude Outpatient Surgeries

January 22, 2016 A year after federal regulators barred employers from offering so-called “skinny” Affordable Care Act health plans that did not pay for hospital stays, some employers are presenting workers with plans Read More
Over 153,000 Selected Plans in Week 11

Over 153,000 Selected Plans in Week 11

January 21, 2016 More than 153,600 consumers selected Affordable Care Act health care plans through the Healthcare.gov online marketplace during the 11th week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued Read More
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to ACA

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to ACA

January 20, 2016 The Supreme Court declined to consider a new constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act that was based on the way the law was enacted. The Pacific Legal Foundation, representing Iowa Read More
Understanding The Premium Tax Credit

Understanding The Premium Tax Credit

January 19, 2016 If you or anyone in your family enrolled in an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan through the federal Healthcare.gov health insurance marketplace or a state exchange, you may be Read More
High Deductibles Don’t Promote Price Shopping

High Deductibles Don’t Promote Price Shopping

January 18, 2016 Will consumers make more cost-effective choices of health services and doctors if they are spending their own money? Common sense suggests they would, but researchers have found that consumers don’t Read More
Kentucky To Shut Its Exchange, Contrary to Trend in Other GOP States

Kentucky To Shut Its Exchange, Contrary to Trend in Other GOP States

January 18, 2016 Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has announced plans to shut down Kynect, the state’s highly successful marketplace for Affordable Care Act health insurance, and switch to the federal Healthcare.gov platform. The Read More
Tools for Estimating ACA Credits and Fees

Tools for Estimating ACA Credits and Fees

January 15, 2016 The IRS has developed tools for individuals and employers to estimate their credits and payments related to the Affordable Care Act . The tools, available online, provide only an estimate Read More
74,000 Selected Plans in Week 10

74,000 Selected Plans in Week 10

January 14, 2016 More than 74,200 consumers selected Affordable Care Act health care plans through the Healthcare.gov online marketplace during the tenth week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued Read More
Drug Makers Continue To Raise Prices

Drug Makers Continue To Raise Prices

January 13, 2016 Despite criticism from patients, insurers and lawmakers, pharmaceutical companies have continued to increase the cost of drugs, with many hiking prices by 10% or more just before or after the New Year. Read More
Study:  ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked

Study: ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked

January 12, 2016 Shortly after the passage the Affordable Care Act, many economists predicted that the law would cause employers to slash workweeks to less than 30 hours, to avoid having to provide Read More
Are You an Applicable Large Employer?

Are You an Applicable Large Employer?

January 8, 2016 Because an applicable large employer (ALE) is subject to the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for information reporting and the health law’s employer shared responsibility provisions, the IRS has provided a Read More
83,000 Selected Plans in Week 9

83,000 Selected Plans in Week 9

January 7, 2016 More than 83,000 consumers selected Affordable Care Act health care plans through the Healthcare.gov online marketplace during the ninth week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued Read More
New Features in the SHOP Marketplace

New Features in the SHOP Marketplace

January 5, 2016 The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace, which serves small employers who want to provide health and dental coverage to their employees, has added new features for 2016. To Read More
The ACA Individual Mandate and Your Tax Return

The ACA Individual Mandate and Your Tax Return

January 4, 2016 The Affordable Care Act requires individuals, their spouses and dependents to have qualifying health care coverage for each month of the year; to qualify for a health coverage exemption; or Read More