ACA Health Insurance Marketplace May Stabilize In 2018

ACA Health Insurance Marketplace May Stabilize In 2018

January 22, 2018 It’s been a tumultuous year for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From insurers withdrawing from providing health insurance on government exchanges to spiking premiums in the face of financial losses Read More
Individual Healthcare Mandate Being Considered in Maryland [UPDATE]

Individual Healthcare Mandate Being Considered in Maryland [UPDATE]

January 18, 2018 Senate Republicans added repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate to the Senate’s tax reform bill to save nearly $340 billion in federal funds during the next decade to mitigate increases Read More
New Study Shows ACA Catalyst for Increase In Adolescent Annual Wellness Visits

New Study Shows ACA Catalyst for Increase In Adolescent Annual Wellness Visits

January 17, 2018 One of the objectives of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to make it affordable for Americans of all ages to actively take part in preventative care, including adolescents. The Read More
Studies: ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked [UPDATE]

Studies: ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked [UPDATE]

January 11, 2018 Shortly after the passage the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some economists predicted that the law would cause employers to slash workweeks to less than 30 hours to avoid having to Read More
The Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions, But There’s More Work To Do

The Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions, But There’s More Work To Do

January 9, 2018 In 2010, former President Barack Obama introduced the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in an effort to provide more Americans with health coverage. Over the course of its now-nearly eight-year run, Read More
As Congress Moves To Remove Individual Mandate, States Seek Their Own Version

As Congress Moves To Remove Individual Mandate, States Seek Their Own Version

January 8, 2018 It was a decade ago when Massachusettsimplemented its own individual mandate that required state residents to obtain health insurance or face financial ramifications. Nationwide, that rule became the framework of Read More
Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

January 4, 2018 As part of their annual filing of healthcare coverage information with the IRS, organizations must determine if they are Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for purposes of the Affordable Care Act Read More
Despite Tax Reform, Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’s Individual and Employer Mandates

Despite Tax Reform, Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’s Individual and Employer Mandates

January 3, 2018 The approval of tax reform legislation by Congress may ultimately have an impact on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2019. That’s when the legislation essentially repeals the individual mandate Read More
2018 Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Shows Americans’ Support

2018 Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Shows Americans’ Support

January 2, 2018 Open enrollment to obtain insurance starting on January 2018 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ended on December 15 with more than 8.7 million Americans signing up for coverage, according Read More
IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

December 28, 2017 As the saying goes, I have some good news and some bad news. For the good news, the IRS has extended good faith relief for information-reporting requirements for the Affordable Read More
IRS Extends 2018 ACA Deadline for Providing 1095-Cs to Employees

IRS Extends 2018 ACA Deadline for Providing 1095-Cs to Employees

December 27, 2017 The IRS has extended the 2018 deadlines to provide 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals as required by Affordable Care Act (ACA). The information was included in a new Read More
Some Americans Able to Sign Up for Insurance Under the ACA Past December 15 Deadline

Some Americans Able to Sign Up for Insurance Under the ACA Past December 15 Deadline

December 20, 2017 As we wait for the latest statistics on the number of Americans who have signed up on government exchanges for healthcare insurance coverage for 2018, experts are predicting that the Read More
What Would Kenneth Arrow Think?

What Would Kenneth Arrow Think?

December 19, 2017 The late Kenneth J. Arrow, Nobel-winning economist and one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century, would be dismayed at action being taken by Republicans in Congress to Read More
The IRS Issues Guidance on the ACA’s Individual Mandate While Congress Looks to Repeal It

The IRS Issues Guidance on the ACA’s Individual Mandate While Congress Looks to Repeal It

December 18, 2017 During 2017, the IRS has steadfastly avoided being swayed by the political breezes, even when they seemed to reach hurricane-level velocity. When President Trump and Republicans in Congress were readying Read More
Tax Reform Bills Keep ACA Employer Mandate Intact

Tax Reform Bills Keep ACA Employer Mandate Intact

December 14, 2017 Throwback Thursday Feature from Wednesday, December 6, 2017. When the U.S. House and Senate Republicans meet in conference to discuss how they will reconcile their two different tax reform legislations, among Read More
Preparing For Affordable Care Act Filings With the IRS? Here’s a Checklist That May Help [Updated]

Preparing For Affordable Care Act Filings With the IRS? Here’s a Checklist That May Help [Updated]

December 12, 2017 Updated from original blog post on November 7, 2017. The ACA filing deadlines for the 2017 tax year are fast approaching. With the IRS sending penalty notices for ACA filings Read More
IRS Letter 226J Infographic Details Response Process [Updated]

IRS Letter 226J Infographic Details Response Process [Updated]

December 11, 2017 Updated from original blog post on December 4, 2017. As more organizations start to prepare for the possibility of receiving a holiday greeting from the IRS in the form of Read More
IRS Provides Information on Responding to Letter 226J

IRS Provides Information on Responding to Letter 226J

December 5, 2017 The IRS has posted information on its website regarding Letter 226J, the initial letter issued to Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) – those organizations with 50 or more full-time or full-time Read More
The ACA Has Improved Healthcare In the United States

The ACA Has Improved Healthcare In the United States

November 30, 2017 There is much political debate about whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved healthcare for Americans. The Wharton University scholarly podcast Knowledge@Wharton recently featured Wharton health care management professor Read More
ACA Enrollment Continues at Faster Pace From Previous Year

ACA Enrollment Continues at Faster Pace From Previous Year

November 29, 2017 They say that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, a theory that may be true for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was just months ago when Read More
Are Your Clients Ready for the IRS’s ACA Penalty Assessments?

Are Your Clients Ready for the IRS’s ACA Penalty Assessments?

November 27, 2017 Originally published on November 21, 2017 in “Accounting Today”  The IRS has been sending signals since the summer that it will be enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. Those signals Read More
Who’s Thankful for the ACA?

Who’s Thankful for the ACA?

November 22, 2017 As we enter into the annual Thanksgiving break, there is much to be thankful for. Most lists will include giving thanks for family, friends, and employment. And almost 1.5 million Read More
Free ACA Resources for Small Businesses

Free ACA Resources for Small Businesses

November 21, 2017 The federal government provides free online resources to help small businesses better understand the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how they might be able to offer health Read More
Why It Matters That More People Signed Up for ACA Health Coverage In 2018

Why It Matters That More People Signed Up for ACA Health Coverage In 2018

November 20, 2017 It was meant to have the opposite effect. The Trump administration’s decision to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by shortening the annual open enrollment period to 45-days and cutting Read More
The Healthcare Marketplace is Stabilizing Around the ACA

The Healthcare Marketplace is Stabilizing Around the ACA

November 16, 2017 We are well into open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite significant increases in premium rates for 2018, enrollment for healthcare coverage on HealthCare.gov is higher than Read More
The IRS is Sending Million Dollar ACA Penalty Notices to Employers

The IRS is Sending Million Dollar ACA Penalty Notices to Employers

November 15, 2017 The letter no one wants is now in the mail! (click the image for the full letter) Applicable Large Employers (ALEs), employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent Read More
How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J About Affordable Care Act Penalties

How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J About Affordable Care Act Penalties

November 13, 2017 It’s the letter no one wants to receive. However, its coming and you need to be prepared just in case your company or client receives it. It is Letter 226J, Read More
New Kaiser Family Foundation Study Shows Number Of Uninsured In 2016

New Kaiser Family Foundation Study Shows Number Of Uninsured In 2016

November 8, 2017 When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was first enacted in 2010, the mission was clear: provide affordable healthcare to the millions of Americans without it. Depending on who you speak Read More
Preparing for Affordable Care Act Filings with the IRS? Here’s a Checklist That May Help

Preparing for Affordable Care Act Filings with the IRS? Here’s a Checklist That May Help

November 7, 2017 Now is the time to be assessing where you stand in gathering the necessary information necessary for filing ACA-mandated information with the IRS. Organizations with more than 50 full-time or Read More
Free Resources from the IRS to Answer Your Questions on the ACA

Free Resources from the IRS to Answer Your Questions on the ACA

November 2, 2017 The IRS provides a variety of resources to assist organizations in better understanding the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here’s are some that we hope you will find Read More
Update on IRS Penalties for Employers That Fail to File ACA-Mandated Information

Update on IRS Penalties for Employers That Fail to File ACA-Mandated Information

November 1, 2017 You can expect to see a slight increase in IRS penalties related to the Affordable Care Act for the 2018 and 2019 tax filing seasons, which reflect reporting for the Read More
Efforts to Undermine the Start of Open Enrollment for 2018 Healthcare Coverage on November 1

Efforts to Undermine the Start of Open Enrollment for 2018 Healthcare Coverage on November 1

October 31, 2017 Open enrollment for individuals to purchase healthcare coverage through government exchanges begins tomorrow and runs through December 15. Both advocates and opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are anxious Read More
Bipartisan Senate Bill Quietly Gaining Momentum

Bipartisan Senate Bill Quietly Gaining Momentum

October 30, 2017 A bipartisan Senate bill that would continue cost sharing payments to insurance companies and provide states more flexibility in addressing healthcare issues is quietly gaining momentum. The U.S. Senate’s Committee Read More
Americans Don’t Want President Trump to Destroy the Affordable Care Act

Americans Don’t Want President Trump to Destroy the Affordable Care Act

October 26, 2017 While President Trump does his best to undermine the Affordable Care Act, the American public wants it to succeed. Americans don’t want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) destroyed. They want Read More
Has the ACA Bettered the Language Barriers in Forms Reporting? We Asked a Professional

Has the ACA Bettered the Language Barriers in Forms Reporting? We Asked a Professional

October 25, 2017 Over the last few years, pocket neighborhoods of Spanish speaking individuals have produced significant language barriers when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many whose primary language is Read More
IRS Roundup: What You Need to Know About the IRS and the Affordable Care Act

IRS Roundup: What You Need to Know About the IRS and the Affordable Care Act

October 24, 2017 Over the past few months, the IRS has been moving forward with preparations for the ACA-mandated filings for the 2017 tax reporting year. Here’s what we know so far about Read More
With ACA Open Enrollment Weeks Away, Trump Cancellation of CSR Payments Not Deterring Insurers

With ACA Open Enrollment Weeks Away, Trump Cancellation of CSR Payments Not Deterring Insurers

October 23, 2017 Perhaps only time will tell if President Trump can succeed where Republicans in Congress have failed to obliterate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President’s ambitious attempts to derail the Read More
IRS To Enforce Individual Mandate for 2017 Tax Returns

IRS To Enforce Individual Mandate for 2017 Tax Returns

October 19, 2017 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

October 18, 2017 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

October 17, 2017 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

October 16, 2017 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
The ACA is Good for Entrepreneurs

The ACA is Good for Entrepreneurs

October 11, 2017 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
Temporary Shutdowns of Healthcare.gov Termed ACA Sabotage

Temporary Shutdowns of Healthcare.gov Termed ACA Sabotage

October 9, 2017 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
CHIP Reauthorization in Congressional Committees Sees Mixed Results

CHIP Reauthorization in Congressional Committees Sees Mixed Results

October 5, 2017 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
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]

September 28, 2017 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

September 27, 2017 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
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

September 26, 2017 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

September 25, 2017 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
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

September 19, 2017 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

September 18, 2017 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