Bill Would Address Impact of Possible ‘King’ Ruling

June 9, 2015 A Republican Congressman has introduced to help individuals who would lose their insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court rules in favour of the plaintiffs in the “King v. Burwell” case. Read More

Expanding Medicaid Could Save 5,200 Lives

June 9, 2015 The decision by 22 states not to expand Medicaid under the will ACA will result in 5,200 avoidable deaths each year, according to a White House Report, along with hundreds Read More

Hospital Bad Debt Declines in Expansion States

June 8, 2015 Unpaid bills, better known as “bad debt,” declined at non-profit hospitals in states that expanded during 2014, according to a study by Moody’s Investors . Hospitals in the 29 states Read More

Repeal of Medical Device Tax Goes to House

June 5, 2015 The House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 160, which would repeal the 2.3% excise tax on medical device manufacturers imposed under the Affordable Care Act and intended to help Read More

State Officials Held Private Meeting on Subsidies

June 3, 2015 Officials from at least 16 states met in early May for a confidential, unannounced meeting to discuss options available to their states if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama Read More

CVS Partners With HHS to Provide Health Information

June 3, 2015 The CVS Health pharmacy chain will carry information about healthcare and preventative services, by the U.S. Department and Human Services (HHS), the company’s and websites. CVS is using Read More

Insurers Are Financially Healthy Under the ACA

June 2, 2015 Companies seem to have enjoyed excellent financial during the Act’s first year implementation, despite being forbidden by the law to turn down individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or charge them Read More

HHS Awards $112 Million To Improve Local Cardiac Health Care

May 28, 2015 The Department of and Human Services announced awards of $112 million regional cooperatives about 5,000 primary physicians in 12 states, aimed at improving the heart health of their nearly 8 Read More

Insurers Performing Better With ACA

May 27, 2015 Although some insurance companies had expected the Affordable Care Act to create operationalproblems, an industry study found that the financial and administrative performance of payers actually improved for plans offered Read More

31 Million Americans Underinsured In 2014

May 26, 2015 Almost one out of four American adults, or 31 million people, were underinsured in 2014, a study found. High deductibles or out–pocket costs made medical coverage unaffordable for many, and Read More
IRS Explains Definition of ‘Large Employer’

IRS Explains Definition of ‘Large Employer’

May 21, 2015 The IRS has issued an explanation of how companies can determine if they are an ”applicable large employer” or ALE, and how that affects their obligations under the Affordable Care Read More

Most Consumers Satisfied With Marketplace Plans

May 21, 2015 Most people who purchased their own health insurance plans through an Affordable Care Act marketplace say they are satisfied with their plan’s coverage and features, according to a Kaiser Family Read More

Employers Expect Costs to Rise for ACA Compliance

May 20, 2015 The Affordable Care Act has resulted in higher health care costs for many employers, and a new survey finds that seven out of 10 companies believe even larger cost increases Read More

Reimbursement of Individual Policy Premiums

May 13, 2015 Some employers choose to reimburse employees for the cost of individual health insurance coverage rather than establishing a group medical plan. But these plan don’t comply with the Affordable Care Read More
Rules on Contraception Coverage Tightened

Rules on Contraception Coverage Tightened

May 13, 2015 The Obama administration issued tighter rules on contraception offered by insurance companies, requiring insurers to pay for at least one form of birth control. The guidance, issued as a set Read More

Emergency Room Visits Up Despite ACA Reforms

May 11, 2015 Visits to hospital emergency rooms are going up according to a poll ER physicians, despite the reforms implemented by the Act aimed at reducing the inflow to these – treatment Read More
Article:  Reporting 2015 Coverage of “MV-lite” Plans

Article: Reporting 2015 Coverage of “MV-lite” Plans

May 9, 2015 Some employers have used “MV-lite” plans that offer very limited hospital and doctor benefits, yet technically satisfy the “minimum value” calculations of the government’s online calculator. These plans have been Read More
Appeals Court Bars Challenge to ACA Mandates

Appeals Court Bars Challenge to ACA Mandates

May 7, 2015 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to the individual and employer mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled that the taxpayer who filed the lawsuit Read More

Compliance Checklist for Employers

May 4, 2015 A reference tool to help understand what is required for them to comply with the Affordable Care Act, and the timeline for compliance, has been prepared by the law firm Read More
Montana Expands Medicaid With Bipartisan Support

Montana Expands Medicaid With Bipartisan Support

May 4, 2015 Montana’s Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock signed into law a Medicaid expansion bill that had been drafted by a Republican member of the state legislature. Under the new law, Montana will Read More

Robert Sheen to Speak at NNAHU Expo

May 4, 2015 Robert S. Sheen, Editor-in-Chief The ACA Times and President Trusaic, Inc., will speak about the Affordable Care Act at the 2015 NNAHU Expo, May 13 in Reno, Nevada. The conference, Read More

Individual Insurance Market Up 46%

April 30, 2015 The nation’s individual insurance market grew 46% to 15.5 million people in the first year that plans could be purchased through Affordable Care Act marketplaces, according to a study by Read More

California Doctors Support ACA

April 28, 2015 Researchers at UCLA found that about 59% primary care and specialty physicians in California support the Affordable Care Act, and 61% believe the law will either help their practice or Read More

Regulator Calls Rate Hikes ‘Unjustified’

April 28, 2015 California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Anthem Blue Cross failed to justify premium increases averaging 8.7% on individual health insurance policies grandfathered under Affordable Care Act rules. According to the Read More

Planning for ‘Cadillac Plan’ Taxes

April 23, 2015 Because of the Affordable Care Act, employers may face a 40% excise that tax on health insurance plans that provide “excess” benefits – commonly known as “Cadillac” plans. Employers should Read More

Many Employers Are Covering Part-Time Workers

April 23, 2015 Many large and mid-size companies are extending health insurance coverage beyond their full-time workers to include part-timers in their plans, according to a study by the ADP Research Institute. About Read More
Opinion on ACA Remains Closely Divided

Opinion on ACA Remains Closely Divided

April 20, 2015 A poll tracking Americans’ views the Affordable Care Act shows public opinion holding steady and closely divided, with 43% expressing a favorable view and 42% with an unfavorable view. The Read More

New Privacy Rules For Employer Wellness Programs

April 16, 2015 who include wellness programs as their will get guidance the privacy rights participating employees in new rules proposed by the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC). The proposed rules, published Read More
“Doc Fix” Made Permanent

“Doc Fix” Made Permanent

April 15, 2015 The Senate and House approved a permanent repeal to a widely disliked formula used to pay doctors for services, and President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill. This Read More
Minorities More Affected By Medicaid Gap

Minorities More Affected By Medicaid Gap

April 14, 2015 Low-income Black and Hispanic Americans are much more likely than Whites to be affected by a “ gap” in the 22 states that have not expanded Medicaid, declining funds for Read More

Court Blocks Missouri Rule on ACA Advisors

April 13, 2015 The The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has barred Missouri from enforcing a law that would have required anyone giving advice about the Affordable Care Act to Read More
Uninsured Rate Under 12% in First Quarter

Uninsured Rate Under 12% in First Quarter

April 13, 2015 The rate among U.S. adults declined to 11.9% in the first quarter 2015, a drop one percentage point from the previous quarter and 5.2 points since before the Act went Read More

Accenture Sees Hypergrowth in Private Exchanges

April 12, 2015 The global firm Accenture says private exchanges, which enrolled 6 million people in 2014, will double that number next year and reach 40 million enrollees by 2018. The growth in Read More

Americans More Positive About the ACA

April 8, 2015 Americans’ views about the Affordable Care Act are more positive now than. A poll was taken last November, just after the midterm elections, found only 37% approved of the law, Read More

About 69% of Doctors Accept Medicaid Patients

April 7, 2015 Physicians have been accepting a smaller percentage of new Medicaid patients than patients on Medicare or with private insurance, according to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics Read More

Access to Mental Health Care Strengthened

April 7, 2015 Low-income Americans will have greater access to mental health and substance abuse treatments under a new rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The proposal applies Read More

First Capitol Featured in Business Journal Article on ACA

April 2, 2015 Companies with fewer than 100 employees who think they don’t have to worry about the Affordable Care Act until 2016 “missed the fine print,” says an article in the Los Read More

Latinos Benefitting From ACA

April 1, 2015 The Affordable Care Act has substantially increased the percentage of Latinos who have healthcare coverage, although more than half of Latinos surveyed said they had heard little or nothing about Read More

Help For Taxpayers With Incorrect 1095-A Forms

April 1, 2015 The Treasury Department has expanded for taxpayers who received incorrect 1095-A from the government after purchasing Affordable Care Act health insurance through a state online marketplace. The agency gave these Read More

Final Regs Issued On ACA Wraparound Coverage

March 31, 2015 Final regulations on employer-provided wraparound coverage under the Affordable Care Act were issued by the IRS and Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor. Wraparound coverage is employer-sponsored coverage Read More

RAND Study Supports Use of Individual Mandates

March 30, 2015 RAND Corp. analysts who looked at the likely effects of eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate determined that the likely result would be an increase in premiums and a Read More

Study Says ACA Has Not Overwhelmed Doctors’ Practices

March 26, 2015 A new report shows that a year after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion provisions took effect, physicians have not experienced a sharp increase in visits by new or sick Read More

Survey: Few Firms Reducing Part-Timer Hours

March 25, 2015 About one out five U.S. employers are reducing for part-time workers as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new survey by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Read More

ACA Cut Unpaid Hospital Care By $7.4 Billion

March 24, 2015 The cost to hospitals uncompensated care was reduced by an estimated $7.4 billion in 2014, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency also found that expansion Read More

Article Provides a CEO’s Guide to Obamacare

March 24, 2015 An article by ACA TimesEditor-in-Chief Robert Sheen providing CEOs with a brief “Guide to Obamacare” has been published by CEO Magazine. The article is also available on the magazine’s website. Read More

Gap Narrows In Views About ACA

March 19, 2015 As the Act marks its fifth anniversary, a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundationfinds the gap between favorable and unfavorable opinions about the law has narrowed to the closest margin Read More

16.4 Million More Insured Because of ACA

March 18, 2015 The Affordable Care Act has resulted in a 16.4 million increase in the number of Americans having insurance coverage, according to the White House. The administration released the figure in Read More

Obama Appoints VA Advisory Council

March 17, 2015 President Obama announced the creation of a new advisory panel charged with improving the ability of the Veterans Affairs Department to meet the healthcare needs patients and beneficiaries. The 14 Read More

IRS Warns of ACA Tax Scam

March 16, 2015 Some unscrupulous preparers are telling clients who owe payments to give the money to them rather than sending the payment with their , the said in a consumer advisory. Many Read More

Most Employers Not Ready for ACA Reporting

March 12, 2015 Here we are, months into the first year when have to track and store data for the Act, and fewer than one company out five feels ready to do what Read More