IRS Releases Temporary Proposed Rules for Insurers

February 23, 2015  The Internal Revenue released temporary and proposed regulations aimed at clarifying which entities are excluded from being “covered entities” under Section 10 the Act. Covered entities are subject to an Read More

IRS Publishes Final Forms for ACA Reporting

February 19, 2015 By Joanna Kim, Executive Editor The Internal Revenue Service has published final versions of the forms and instructions that employers and insurers must use to meet their Affordable Care Act Read More

IRS Offers Transition Relief for ACA Tax Penalties

February 18, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service issued a notice that small businesses may be eligible during a transition period for relief from potential tax penalties related to the Affordable Care Act. The Read More

New ACA Program Rewards Value of Care, not Volume

February 13, 2015 Doctors treating cancer patients will be paid based on the value of the care they deliver rather than the volume of services they provide, under a new Affordable Care Act Read More

4.5 Million Millennials Have Gained Health Coverage

February 2, 2015 About 4.5 million more young adults are covered by health insurance now than in 2009 because the Affordable Care Act, according to a White House report. In 2009 nearly a Read More

Consumer Protections Tightened on Healthcare.gov

January 26, 2015 Following disclosures that private consumer information on Healthcare.gov was being shared with more than 30 private companies, the Obama administration curtailed outside access to the Affordable Care Act data. Privacy Read More

HealthCare.gov Privacy Questioned

January 22, 2015 The HealthCare.gov health insurance website shares some personal data about consumers with companies that sell advertising and data analytics services, the Associated Press reported. Administration officials said the companies are Read More

HHS Week 9 Snapshot: 400,000 Enroll

January 21, 2015 Just over 400,000 consumers selected Affordable Care Act plans on the federal health insurance exchange during the eighth week of open enrollment, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Read More

New Help For Taxpayers With ACA Questions

January 15, 2015 The IRS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are providing new resources to give answers to tax filers and tax preparers on questions they may have about Read More

California Requires Insurers To Have Sufficient Providers

January 6, 2015 California’s Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued an emergency regulation to establish stronger requirements for health insurers to maintain sufficient medical provider networks to provide timely access to medical care. CommissionerJones Read More

Changes Proposed to Summary of Benefits

December 29, 2014 Federal regulators have issued regulations that propose changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) that would be effective for plans beginning on or after September 1, 2015. The Read More

IRS Eases Rules on Hardship Exemptions

November 22, 2014 The IRS announced yesterday (Nov. 21, 2014) that it has made it easier for those subject to the Act to qualify for an exemption from the rule requiring that an Read More

Administration Predicts Lower ACA Enrollment

November 11, 2014 Obama administration officials say the number of Americans who will gain health coverage during 2015 through Affordable Care Act marketplaces will be about 30% lower than earlier estimates. Health and Read More

Feds Close “Skinny” Health Plan Loophole

November 6, 2014 Employer’s won’t be able to use so-called “skinny” health plans to meet coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act, according to a notice issued Nov. 4 by the Internal Revenue Read More