IRS To Enforce Individual Mandate for 2017 Tax Returns

IRS To Enforce Individual Mandate for 2017 Tax Returns

Oct 19 In yet another sign that the IRS will be enforcing the Affordable Care Act, the IRS’s ACA Information Center for Taxpaying Professionals is providing updated guidance that it will require Read More
Back to Congress: Changes to Modify the ACA to Continue Subsidy Payments to Insurers to Stabilize Insurance Markets Are Still In Play

Back to Congress: Changes to Modify the ACA to Continue Subsidy Payments to Insurers to Stabilize Insurance Markets Are Still In Play

Oct 18 Bipartisan discussions spearheaded by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions may lead to legislation that will continue cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies providing health Read More
In Contrast to Federal Government, California Institutes New Laws to Bolster ACA

In Contrast to Federal Government, California Institutes New Laws to Bolster ACA

Oct 17 While the White House and many Republicans in Washington, D.C., seem intent on undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the statehouse in Sacramento is doing something to bolster it. The Read More
New White House Executive Order Doesn’t Change ACA Employer Mandate

New White House Executive Order Doesn’t Change ACA Employer Mandate

Oct 16 The Executive Order directed at the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that was signed by President Trump last week addresses three areas he claims will expand healthcare choices to Americans. The Read More
States Are Taking The Lead in Curbing Drug Costs

States Are Taking The Lead in Curbing Drug Costs

Oct 12 States are taking more aggressive action to curb drug costs. It’s self-preservation. Prescription drug expenditures are nearly 20 percent of U.S. health care costs. According to the National Academy for Read More
The ACA is Good for Entrepreneurs

The ACA is Good for Entrepreneurs

Oct 11 The latest news surrounding our nation’s healthcare has kept many on the edges of their seats, but for the moment, those who most benefit from the Affordable Care Act can Read More
IRS Issues Instructions for Use of New ACA Forms for 2017 Tax Year [NEW REPORT]

IRS Issues Instructions for Use of New ACA Forms for 2017 Tax Year [NEW REPORT]

Oct 10 The IRS has followed the release of the 2017 forms for filing Affordable Care Act (ACA)-mandated information with the IRS for the 2017 tax year with the instructions for the Read More
CHIP Reauthorization in Congressional Committees Sees Mixed Results

CHIP Reauthorization in Congressional Committees Sees Mixed Results

Oct 5 There were mixed results yesterday in Congress as Senate and House committees considered bills reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program provided healthcare coverage to 8.9 Read More
Temporary Shutdowns of Healthcare.gov Termed ACA Sabotage

Temporary Shutdowns of Healthcare.gov Termed ACA Sabotage

Oct 9 It’s become a bit of a sport. Websites and media outlets are tracking ways that the Trump administration has been working to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Organizations such as Read More
Congress Not Delivering Yet on Public Priorities for Healthcare

Congress Not Delivering Yet on Public Priorities for Healthcare

Oct 4 Despite a recent declaration that Congress will focus on tax reform, the need to address critical healthcare issues remains. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey found that a large Read More
IRS Issues New ACA Forms for 2017 Tax Year [NEW REPORT]

IRS Issues New ACA Forms for 2017 Tax Year [NEW REPORT]

Oct 3 The IRS continues to prepare for employers to file ACA-mandated information with the IRS for the 2017 tax year. The IRS is now making the new Form 1094-C and Form Read More
Trump, McConnell Indicate There May Be Movement Towards Limited Bipartisan ACA Legislation to Stabilize Insurance Markets in 2018 [NEW REPORT]

Trump, McConnell Indicate There May Be Movement Towards Limited Bipartisan ACA Legislation to Stabilize Insurance Markets in 2018 [NEW REPORT]

Sep 28 With the GOP’s last-ditch attempt in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)done for now, President Trump introduced the idea of working with Democrats to change healthcare Read More
Path Now Clear for U.S. Senate Committee to Address Stabilizing Health Insurance Markets

Path Now Clear for U.S. Senate Committee to Address Stabilizing Health Insurance Markets

Sep 27 The on again, off again effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) finally fizzled out yesterday when Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate declined to bring to Read More
The Two C’s of Open Enrollment Season: Communication and Compliance

The Two C’s of Open Enrollment Season: Communication and Compliance

Oct 2 The Affordable Care Act raised the ante on providing health insurance to Americans for U. S. businesses. It mandated that applicable large employers (those with 50 or more full-time employees Read More
Increases in Employee Healthcare Costs Pushing Businesses to Innovative Solutions to Lower Costs

Increases in Employee Healthcare Costs Pushing Businesses to Innovative Solutions to Lower Costs

Sep 26 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped more Americans obtain health insurance than ever before. Most of the discussion around issues with the ACA has focused on the individual market Read More
GrubHub Trial Could Set Precedent for Employee Misclassification Lawsuits

GrubHub Trial Could Set Precedent for Employee Misclassification Lawsuits

Sep 25 GrubHub is on trial for a case of employee misclassification involving its drivers. The drivers allege they were misclassified by the on-demand food delivery app as independent contractors and not Read More
IRS Extends Voluntary Reporting Of Catastrophic Coverage

IRS Extends Voluntary Reporting Of Catastrophic Coverage

Sep 21 The IRS released Notice 2017-41 last month, informing health insurance issuers of further guidance surrounding the reporting of catastrophic plan coverage acquired through the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. It’s the Read More
With the Threat Of ACA-Imposed Penalties From the IRS, Employers Must Be Serious About Tracking Employee and Worker Time

With the Threat Of ACA-Imposed Penalties From the IRS, Employers Must Be Serious About Tracking Employee and Worker Time

Sep 20 The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate that employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees must offer health insurance coverage to their full-time employees has come with added Read More
Possible Extension Of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments, More Flexibility for States May Face A Challenge

Possible Extension Of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments, More Flexibility for States May Face A Challenge

Sep 19 The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearings on the Affordable Care Act could lead to bipartisan legislation for Congressional approval to continue cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments Read More
U.S. Senate Health Committee Works to Reach Consensus With Healthcare Hearings Over

U.S. Senate Health Committee Works to Reach Consensus With Healthcare Hearings Over

Sep 16 Can they reach a bipartisan consensus on fixing healthcare? That’s the question now that the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has completed its hearings on stabilizing Read More
U.S. Senate Committee Hears More Support for CSR Payments and Flexibility for States

U.S. Senate Committee Hears More Support for CSR Payments and Flexibility for States

Sep 13 The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions continued its hearings on healthcare policy yesterday. The hearing brought testimony in support of providing states more flexibility in addressing Read More
U.S. Senate Committee Continues Healthcare Hearings Today After Hearing From Governors Last Week

U.S. Senate Committee Continues Healthcare Hearings Today After Hearing From Governors Last Week

Sep 12 The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions continues its hearings on healthcare policy today. The committee will hear testimony today on providing states greater flexibility in managing Read More
Incorrect PTC Calculations Show that Technology Is A Gift and a Curse

Incorrect PTC Calculations Show that Technology Is A Gift and a Curse

Sep 11 Over the last two years, the IRS has made some strides in ensuring that certain ACA-mandated processes are as seamless as possible for taxpayers and employers, from streamlining electronic form Read More
State Insurance Commissioners Ask Senators to Continue Subsidy Payments to Insurers

State Insurance Commissioners Ask Senators to Continue Subsidy Payments to Insurers

Sep 7 It was a positive start to what the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hopes will be the start of a successful bipartisan effort to draft legislation Read More
U.S. Senate Committee Starts Hearings Today on Bipartisan Approach to Fixing the ACA

U.S. Senate Committee Starts Hearings Today on Bipartisan Approach to Fixing the ACA

Sep 6 The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will start deliberations on a bipartisan bill to address issues with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aimed at shoring up Read More
How Will a New Era of Healthcare Entrepreneurs Be Impacted by the ACA?

How Will a New Era of Healthcare Entrepreneurs Be Impacted by the ACA?

Sep 5 At some point, the gig economy was bound to expand into industries most never imagined. With the growing rate of Americans taking on some form of a job within the Read More
MassHealth Changes Come With A Hefty Price Tag For Employers

MassHealth Changes Come With A Hefty Price Tag For Employers

Aug 31 While healthcare is expected to continue to be discussed when Congress reconvenes in September, some state governments are taking steps of their own to shore up the Affordable Care Act Read More
IRS Reveals 2017 Average National Monthly Premium Needed to Calculate Individual Taxpayer Penalties for ACA

IRS Reveals 2017 Average National Monthly Premium Needed to Calculate Individual Taxpayer Penalties for ACA

Aug 30 The IRS has issued the 2017 Average National Monthly Premium of bronze-level qualified health plans for both individuals and shared responsibility families of five or more. That figure is the Read More
Surveys Show Public Support for ACA Continues to Grow

Surveys Show Public Support for ACA Continues to Grow

Aug 29 It’s become clear that the American public is not so down on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), at least not anymore. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has been conducting regular Read More
Everything You Want To Know About Virtual IRS Appeals and the ACA

Everything You Want To Know About Virtual IRS Appeals and the ACA

Aug 28 For many Americans, tax appeals are a daunting process. Every year, the IRS Office of Appeals sees over 100,000 tax appeals travel across their desks from those taxpayers challenging the Read More
Independent of the Bipartisan Effort to Reform Healthcare, the IRS Continues to Enforce the ACA

Independent of the Bipartisan Effort to Reform Healthcare, the IRS Continues to Enforce the ACA

Aug 24 In the wake of Congress being unable to pass ACA repeal and replace legislation, a bipartisan effort seems to be growing around improving the ACA. Indeed, a majority of Americans Read More
New Ambitious Bill Proposes to Legalize Marijuana Across The Nation

New Ambitious Bill Proposes to Legalize Marijuana Across The Nation

Aug 23 One of the long running controversies in America is whether marijuana should be legalized. A new bill introduced by New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker proposes to legalize marijuana on Read More
Tracking Time and Attendance: A Business Intelligence and Regulatory Imperative

Tracking Time and Attendance: A Business Intelligence and Regulatory Imperative

Aug 22 As misclassification suits arise from ill-defined job descriptions in the gig economy, how employees utilize their workdays is also becoming an issue. Who is managing and tracking how workers spend Read More
Another Sign That the IRS is Moving Forward with Enforcing ACA Compliance

Another Sign That the IRS is Moving Forward with Enforcing ACA Compliance

Aug 21 Letters released this month by the IRS continue to point to the agency moving forward with its plans to enforce the Affordable Care Act (ACA). the IRS has indicated it Read More
Congressional Budget Office Expects Health Insurance Premiums to Increase

Congressional Budget Office Expects Health Insurance Premiums to Increase

Aug 17 Gross premiums for silver-level health insurance plans purchased through the healthcare marketplace would be 20 percent higher in 2018 and 25 percent higher by 2020 if cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) payments Read More
New Developments Continue to Dog Uber About Worker Misclassification

New Developments Continue to Dog Uber About Worker Misclassification

Aug 16 In the United States alone, Uber has over 600,000 drivers, some of whom over the course of the last two years have been entangled in numerous lawsuits surrounding their rights Read More
Americans Want a Bipartisan Approach to Healthcare, According to a New KFF Poll

Americans Want a Bipartisan Approach to Healthcare, According to a New KFF Poll

Aug 14 Now that the great Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace debate has seemingly ended in Congress, we’ve seen movement by members of Congress towards a bipartisan approach to healthcare Read More
Ohio Residents Rest Easier as New Insurance Providers Bring ACA Exchange Plans To Counties

Ohio Residents Rest Easier as New Insurance Providers Bring ACA Exchange Plans To Counties

Aug 15 Pockets of counties across the nation have endured some scares as insurance providers began withdrawing from ACA exchanges, creating limited competition and limited options for coverage. Twenty Ohio counties faced Read More
Congress Moves Toward Bipartisan Approaches to Address Healthcare Issues

Congress Moves Toward Bipartisan Approaches to Address Healthcare Issues

Aug 10 A spirit of bipartisanship in Congress seems to be rising from the rubble of the failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The first test of Read More
2 Reasons Why Employers Should Care About the IRS Individual Mandate Report

2 Reasons Why Employers Should Care About the IRS Individual Mandate Report

Aug 9 A recently released report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) on IRS notifications in regards to the ACA’s individual mandate has potential implications for employers. TIGTA, at Read More