Infographic: Before And After The ACA

Infographic: Before And After The ACA

July 25, 2017 The Congressional Budget Office previously forewarned that a post-ACA world would lead to some financial troubles, and that those effects could trickle down significantly into the pockets of the American Read More
ACA Discrimination Suit Sheds Light On Transgender Child Rights

ACA Discrimination Suit Sheds Light On Transgender Child Rights

July 18, 2017 Over the last few years, the rights of transgender workers within organizations have continued to fall under the microscope. From anti-discrimination rules surrounding hiring to adequately reporting the gender of Read More
Updated Better Care Reconciliation Act Released

Updated Better Care Reconciliation Act Released

July 14, 2017 The U.S. Senate has released a new, updated draft of the Republican-proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act aimed at winning over Republican Senators who were not enamored of the initially proposed Read More
As Trump Seeks To Change Birth Control Rights, States Provide Aid For Women

As Trump Seeks To Change Birth Control Rights, States Provide Aid For Women

July 12, 2017 It’s far from coincidental that timed with Donald Trump’s move into the White House as President of the United States, women marched for reproductive rights. Trump made it part of Read More
Pressure Mounts for Congressional Action on Healthcare as Congress Returns to Washington

Pressure Mounts for Congressional Action on Healthcare as Congress Returns to Washington

July 11, 2017 As Congress returns to Washington, D.C. from a quick Independence Day break, the question of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains top of mind. Job one for Read More
Texas And Other States Await Possible Return Of Blue Cross-Blue Shield Insurer

Texas And Other States Await Possible Return Of Blue Cross-Blue Shield Insurer

July 6, 2017 Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed major health insurers withdrawing from offering coverage on various states’ exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Companies like UnitedHealth and Aetna arguably led Read More
New ACA-Related FAQ Arrives From Various Government Agencies

New ACA-Related FAQ Arrives From Various Government Agencies

July 3, 2017 The U.S. Treasury Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL), has released new FAQs pertaining to mental health. Read More
Case of Whistleblower Demonstrates ACA Protections for Healthcare Workers

Case of Whistleblower Demonstrates ACA Protections for Healthcare Workers

June 29, 2017 A recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) upheld the anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These “whistleblower provisions,” among Read More
Americans Dissatisfied With Senate ACA Replacement, Per KFF Study; Senate Vote is Delayed Until After July 4

Americans Dissatisfied With Senate ACA Replacement, Per KFF Study; Senate Vote is Delayed Until After July 4

June 28, 2017 The fate of Obamacare will not be determined this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans that a vote on the Senate replacement plan called “Better Care Reconciliation Read More
Complexities Await Should ACA Be Amended Prior To Repeal

Complexities Await Should ACA Be Amended Prior To Repeal

June 27, 2017 On June 26, President Trump tweeted, “Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats. Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!” Read More
Senate Republicans Ready ACA Replacement Plan In Private

Senate Republicans Ready ACA Replacement Plan In Private

June 21, 2017 Earlier this year, House Republicans gathered in the wee hours of the morning to secretly prepare a replacement plan for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The result Read More
Study Finds Veterans Received Healthcare Thanks To ACA Medicaid Expansion

Study Finds Veterans Received Healthcare Thanks To ACA Medicaid Expansion

June 15, 2017 During President Trump’s campaign, there was a lot of rhetoric extolling the importance of caring for veterans. That time seemed to change with the House passage of the American Healthcare Read More
Senate GOP Views 2020 As Target For ACA Repeal

Senate GOP Views 2020 As Target For ACA Repeal

June 13, 2017 Since Trump took the seat as President at the top of 2017, the Republican Party has arguably been inching toward opposition within itself, particularly when it comes to healthcare reform. Read More
The Questionable Fate Of Trump’s Promises For Tax Reform

The Questionable Fate Of Trump’s Promises For Tax Reform

June 6, 2017 On May 30, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained that President Trump’s “plan for the most significant tax reform in decades continues to progress.” However, that may not reflect Read More
Has The Public Changed Its Tune On The Affordable Care Act?

Has The Public Changed Its Tune On The Affordable Care Act?

June 5, 2017 The fate of the Affordable Care Act currently rests in the hands of Senate as they dissect Trump’s American Health Care Act and either approve it, dismantle it or just Read More
New Audit Reflects Positive Effects Of IRS’s HCTC For Those In Need

New Audit Reflects Positive Effects Of IRS’s HCTC For Those In Need

June 1, 2017 If there is one goal to highlight from the Affordable Care Act, it’s providing affordable healthcare to Americans. Last year, the IRS assisted in that cause with an interim process Read More
New Delays Prove The ACA Will Be Around For A While

New Delays Prove The ACA Will Be Around For A While

May 23, 2017 On Monday (May 22), a motion was filed by both the White House and Congress requesting a 90-day delay regarding an appeal surrounding cost-sharing reduction payments (CSR). The case, known Read More
Featured Press: 3 Issues For Business As The U.S. Senate Tackles Trumpcare

Featured Press: 3 Issues For Business As The U.S. Senate Tackles Trumpcare

May 22, 2017 Op-Ed originally published in The Business Journals. After some false starts, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives finally passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as amended, the first step Read More
Republican Congress Members Maintain Their ACA Benefits In The Midst Of A Repeal

Republican Congress Members Maintain Their ACA Benefits In The Midst Of A Repeal

May 17, 2017 When Trump’s revamp of his American Health Care Act (AHCA) was green lit by the House, Republicans who were anti-ACA found this to be a win. Despite the Senate feeling Read More
Senate Begins Drafting Its Own ACA Replacement Bill, Some Related Taxes May Stay

Senate Begins Drafting Its Own ACA Replacement Bill, Some Related Taxes May Stay

May 15, 2017 Within hours of Trump’s proposed American Health Care Act bill passing through House vote with only four votes despite a large Republican majority, rumors circulated that it would more than Read More
New KFF Study Shows Healthcare Insurers May Be Financially Stable on the ACA Exchanges

New KFF Study Shows Healthcare Insurers May Be Financially Stable on the ACA Exchanges

May 9, 2017 It was just last year when healthcare giants like UnitedHealth and Aetna were exiting out of certain ACA exchanges—citing the ACA as the cause for financial dips in their bottom Read More
2018 Brings New Changes To ACA Exchange

2018 Brings New Changes To ACA Exchange

May 8, 2017 While the country still awaits the final cues for the U.S. Senate’s take on healthcare reform, more updates arrive for the coming year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Read More
GOP Health Care Bill Now Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

GOP Health Care Bill Now Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

May 4, 2017 Today, with a vote count of 217 for and 213 against, the heavily Republican majority House passed the amended American Healthcare Act (AHCA). This rushed vote came with less than Read More
The ACA In Numbers: An Infographic

The ACA In Numbers: An Infographic

May 3, 2017 When the Trump Administration reluctantly agreed to keep the ACA around, many breathed a collective sigh of relief. While some were unaware that the Affordable Care Act was synonymous with Read More
Trump Readies Another ACA Repeal

Trump Readies Another ACA Repeal

May 2, 2017 On April 30th, President Trump tweeted the following in a series of two tweets: “You can’t compare anything to ObamaCare because ObamaCare is dead,” he tweeted. “Dems want billions to Read More
Misclassification of Employees Can Lead to Big Penalties Under the ACA

Misclassification of Employees Can Lead to Big Penalties Under the ACA

May 1, 2017 The Employer Mandate under the Affordable Care Act subjects Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) to penalties for failing to offer their full time employees healthcare coverage. Moreover, the ALE is subject Read More
Did Tennessee Hurt Itself With Healthcare?

Did Tennessee Hurt Itself With Healthcare?

April 27, 2017 If you reside in Tennessee, there’s a likely chance that next year you may be without options within the federally facilitated healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This Read More
New Bill Allows Non-Exchange Health Plan Purchases With ACA Credits

New Bill Allows Non-Exchange Health Plan Purchases With ACA Credits

April 26, 2017 When Senate Republicans proposed the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a major point of focus was the elimination of ACA-mandated taxes, including the Employer and Individual Read More
The Curious Case Of Chipotle

The Curious Case Of Chipotle

April 24, 2017 Over the last several years—even prior to and following the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—fast food chains have struggled with classifying employees, the designation of which can trigger Read More
Will Trump Live Up To ‘MAGA’ With His Blueprint Budget Plan?

Will Trump Live Up To ‘MAGA’ With His Blueprint Budget Plan?

April 20, 2017 Since Day One, Donald Trump has vowed to “Make America Great Again,” a mantra that has followed him throughout the election and since his win—with MAGA hats on the heads Read More
Minnesota And Alaska Lead The Charge For State Healthcare Empowerment

Minnesota And Alaska Lead The Charge For State Healthcare Empowerment

April 19, 2017 In Trump’s plans for healthcare reform, individual states were a high priority in allowing more localized power from state-to-state. While the American American Healthcare Act (AHCA) has since collapsed, the Read More
Infographic: The ACA Turns 7

Infographic: The ACA Turns 7

April 18, 2017 It’s hard to believe that the Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for over seven years. Just a month ago the ACA’s demise seemed inevitable according Read More
McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Exemption Is Eliminated After 70 Years

McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Exemption Is Eliminated After 70 Years

April 12, 2017 The Affordable Care Act may be here to stay, but changes to antitrust laws may affect how the healthcare insurance industry does business. The House of Representatives approved legislation that Read More
How to Successfully Appeal an Exchange Notice from the Healthcare Marketplace

How to Successfully Appeal an Exchange Notice from the Healthcare Marketplace

April 10, 2017 – Op-Ed published on April 7, 2017 on ‘Accounting Today’ – Some companies across the country may have experienced receiving exchange notices from the health insurance marketplace informing them they Read More
New HHS Website Shows Regulations Geared Toward Bettering The ACA

New HHS Website Shows Regulations Geared Toward Bettering The ACA

April 6, 2017 Prior to the dismantling of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new website identifying aspects of the Affordable Care Act Read More
As The ACA Stays, Should States Readjust Their Employer Mandate Demands?

As The ACA Stays, Should States Readjust Their Employer Mandate Demands?

April 5, 2017 In a matter of two weeks, everything seems to have changed for the fate of states and their Read More
Life After The Proposed AHCA: An Employer’s Tip Sheet

Life After The Proposed AHCA: An Employer’s Tip Sheet

April 4, 2017 Goodbye AHCA, hello ACA. Again. While President Trump’s attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) has left many Americans relieved Read More
Medicaid Expands As The ACA Stays

Medicaid Expands As The ACA Stays

March 30, 2017 When news broke last week that the Affordable Care Act would no longer be repealed and replaced, it signified an end to the waiting game on the fate of America’s Read More
Another Attempt to Repeal the ACA in the Foreseeable Future?  Unlikely.

Another Attempt to Repeal the ACA in the Foreseeable Future? Unlikely.

March 29, 2017 It’s been more than seven years since the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and there were some 60 plus attempts to repeal by Republicans during Read More
Businesses Need to Make Affordable Care Act Filings with the IRS by March 31 or Request an Automatic Extension

Businesses Need to Make Affordable Care Act Filings with the IRS by March 31 or Request an Automatic Extension

March 27, 2017 Some businesses may have suffered from wishful thinking when the legislation to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was proposed by Speaker Ryan and trumpeted Read More
Breaking: Affordable Care Act Will Not Be Repealed Due To Votes

Breaking: Affordable Care Act Will Not Be Repealed Due To Votes

March 24, 2017 The New York Times broke the story today that House Speaker Paul Ryan “rushed” to the White House to explain to President Trump that he lacked the votes to repeal Read More
Would American Health Care Act Dis-incentivize Employers From Offering Healthcare?

Would American Health Care Act Dis-incentivize Employers From Offering Healthcare?

March 23, 2017 Op-Ed Published on LA Biz Journal on March 21, 2017 Starting in the 1940’s, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made employer-based healthcare tax free. Employers were not required to offer Read More
Infographic: Healthcare Affordability Has Been On The Decline Since 2015

Infographic: Healthcare Affordability Has Been On The Decline Since 2015

March 22, 2017 Many have said the Affordable Care Actis still not affordable, and that might be true as a matter of opinion. “Affordability” is defined by the ACA to be below 9.5% Read More
The ACA Replacement Plan Likely To Save Money But Add 24 Million Uninsured

The ACA Replacement Plan Likely To Save Money But Add 24 Million Uninsured

March 20, 2017 Republican House Speaker Paul Ryanrecently released the House leadership’s plan for an ACA repeal and replacement. While more light was shed on previously unanswered questions such as the fate of Read More
Just Weeks After Replacement Plan Surfaces, House GOP Readies Amendments

Just Weeks After Replacement Plan Surfaces, House GOP Readies Amendments

March 17, 2017 A few weeks ago, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan voiced the House GOP’s plans for a repeal and the replacement plan, which placed a heavy focus on eliminating ACA-mandated taxes. Read More
Uber Is Triumphant In California Misclassification Case

Uber Is Triumphant In California Misclassification Case

March 16, 2017 Uber made a huge stride in their favor at the top of March, when a California courtnamed them victorious in yet another misclassification case. The case surrounded once again classifications Read More
When It Comes To Healthcare, Are You Grandfathered Or Grandmothered?

When It Comes To Healthcare, Are You Grandfathered Or Grandmothered?

March 15, 2017 The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), under the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS), released a notice at the close of February, announcing that insurance companies may Read More
The American Health Care Act Prohibits Tax Credits for Abortion Coverage

The American Health Care Act Prohibits Tax Credits for Abortion Coverage

March 14, 2017 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not change state law on abortions and expressly allowed states to elect out of abortion coverage in qualified health plans offered Read More
IRS Extends Transition Relief For QSE HRA Notice

IRS Extends Transition Relief For QSE HRA Notice

March 14, 2017 At the close of February, the IRSreleased a notice regarding qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSE HRA) notices and an extension until further guidance is provided. These notices are Read More
KFF Study Shows Proposed ACA Replacement Plan May Cut Tax Credits

KFF Study Shows Proposed ACA Replacement Plan May Cut Tax Credits

March 13, 2017 As part of President Trump’s plans for repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, one element that remains in the forefront is that of proposed tax credits (PTCs) for Read More