ACA Reporting Requirements For Large Employers

ACA Reporting Requirements For Large Employers

September 2, 2015 Companies with 50 or more full-time employees should be gathering information now for Affordable Care Act reports they will have to provide to the IRS and to their employees early Read More

Balance Billing Undermines Insurance Coverage

August 24, 2015 A key goal the Affordable Care Act is to make sure that the medical is covered by insurance plus the agreed-upon deductibles and copays. But for many families an illness Read More

IRS on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions

August 3, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service has issued a reminder to employers about specific “shared responsibility” provisions of the Affordable Care Act that may affect them. The size and structure of a Read More

College’s Objection to Contraception Coverage Is Denied

July 3, 2015 The US Court of Appeals has denied a religious college’s request to bar the government from enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance plans cover the cost of all Read More

ACA Repeal Would Cost $353 Billion, Says CBO

June 24, 2015 A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would increase the federal deficit by $353 billion over the next 10 years, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office and 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study Says Families Struggle to Pay Deductibles

March 11, 2015 Many families – especially those with low to moderate incomes – don’t have sufficient savings to cover a mid- or larger deductible in a private plan, according to an analysis Read More

New Payment Model For Healthcare Providers

March 10, 2015 Physicians, hospitals and other medical can participate in a new system that lets them – and their patients – keep a larger portion any savings they achieve. The , called Read More

HHS Has No Plan B for ‘King’ Decision

February 26, 2015 The Administration has no backup plan if the Supreme Court rules against it in the King v. Burwell case that challenges a key part of the Affordable Care Act, the Read More

Over 4 Million Re-Enrolled, HHS Reports

February 25, 2015 A total of 4.17 million consumers re-enrolled for health insurance during the open enrollment periods from Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Read More

Week 14 Snapshot: 40,000 More Selected Plans

February 25, 2015 Although the open enrolment period ended Feb. 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continued to accept applications between Feb. 16 and Feb. 22 from consumers who had Read More

Rate of Uninsured Fell to 13.8%, Gallup Says

February 24, 2015 Nationwide, the rate of those without health insurance dropped 3.5 percentage points during 2014, from 17.3% to 13.8%, according to the Gallup Poll. That is the lowest annualized rate Gallup Read More

CMS Opens Extra ACA Enrollment Period

February 24, 2015 Many consumers who have not signed up for health insurance the Affordable Care Act will have another chance to do so, thanks to a special March 15-April 30 enrollment period Read More

800,000 Get Wrong ACA Tax Information

February 23, 2015 About 800,000 taxpayers who obtained Affordable Care Act health insurance policies through the marketplace were sent incorrect tax information by the government, and have been urged to delay filing Read More

Open Enrollment Ends: 11.4 Million Signed Up

February 18, 2015 When the Affordable Care Act open enrolment ended Feb. 15, about 11.4 million consumers had selected health insurance plans or were automatically re-enrolled through or state-based marketplaces, the Department 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

Week 12 ACA Snapshot: 275,000 Sign Up, 7.7 Million Enrolled

February 11, 2015 With just four days until Affordable Care Act enrolment closes, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported on Feb. 11 that 275,676 consumers selected plans on the federal Read More

Average ACA Tax Credit for 6.5 Million is $268

February 9, 2015 Almost 6.5 million individuals in the 37 states using the platform will qualify for an average of $268 per person per month in advanced premium tax credits, according to Read More

Week 11 Snapshot: Almost 180,000 Select Plans, 7.47 Million Enrolled

February 4, 2015 With the Act deadline nearing, 179,710 consumers selected the federal exchange during the 11th open , the Department and Human Services (HHS) reported Feb. 4. Total signups since began Nov. Read More

Congressman Seeks Answers on Privacy

February 3, 2015 Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has written to three senior Administration officials, asking them to explain how Act data gathered by the federal website is with private companies such as Google, Twitter, Read More

HHS: $400Billion Savings in 2016 Budget

February 2, 2015 To help cover Affordable Care Act costs, the 2016 budget proposal submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services for the fiscal year 2016 would reduce Medicare spending by Read More

Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Up 25%

January 30, 2015 Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data shows enrollment gains in all states, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, with more than 10.1 million additional Americans Read More

Poll: Public Wants Congress To Preserve Subsidies

January 29, 2015 Americans are not paying much attention to the King v. Burwell case now before the Supreme Court, which will decide if residents 37 states qualify for Act subsidies to buy, Read More

Week 10 Snapshot: 137,300 Select Plans, 7.3 Million Enrolled

January 28, 2015 Almost 137,300 consumers selected Affordable Care Act plans on the federal health insurance exchange during the 10th week of open enrollment,the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Jan. Read More

SCOTUS Leaves Oklahoma Out of ACA Case

January 27, 2015 The U.S. Supreme Court declined to include Oklahoma in the King v. Burwell case that will decide whether residents of 37 states can receive federal subsidies to buy Affordable Care Read More

HHS Week 8 Snapshot: 163,000 Enroll

January 14, 2015 More than 163,000 consumers selected plans on the federal health exchange during the eighth week of Affordable Care Act open enrollment, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/span> announced Read More

SCOTUS Rejects Challenge to Individual Mandate

January 13, 2015 The Supreme Court Monday declined to hear a legal challenge to the mandate provision the Act, filed by the Association American Physicians and Surgeons. The ’s objection to the requirement Read More

HHS Week 7 Snapshot: 6.6 Million Have Enrolled

January 8, 2015 Nearly 103,000 consumers selected Affordable Care Act plans on the federal health insurance exchange during the seventh week of open enrollment, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Read More

6.5 Million Enroll in ACA, 87% Get Financial Help

December 30, 2014 About 87% people who selected Act through during the first open were eligible for financial assistance to lower their premiums for beginning Jan. 1, 2015, according to the Department and Read More