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
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

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

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

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

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

IRS Guide for Health Insurance Company Filings

March 6, 2015 The Internal Revenue has issued a one-page guide for companies that must submit “ provider fee” reports during 2015. We’re committed to helping companies reduce risk, avoid penalties, and achieve Read More

Justices Hear Arguments in ‘King’ Case

March 5, 2015 By Robert S. Sheen, Editor-in-Chief Attorneys for the King v. Burwell plaintiffs challenging a key the Act, and for the Obama administration defending the law, presented their conflicting views before Read More

Help for Farmers and Fishermen on Credit Errors

March 2, 2015 The IRS is giving extra to farmers and fishermen who missed this year’s March 2 deadline because they were sent incorrect premium tax credit 1095-A from the federal health insurance Read More

Early Filers Can Keep Subsidy Overpayments

February 27, 2015 The approximately 50,000 Americans who have filed tax returns using incorrect government-supplied data for their Affordable Care Act premium tax credit do not have to file amended returns, the Treasury Read More

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

Article: ‘Standing’ Could Halt King v. Burwell Case

February 17, 2015 King v. Burwell, the lawsuit challenging a key part of the Affordable Care Act that is now before the Supreme Court, could be dismissed a technicality, says ACA Times Editor-in-Chief 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

A Closer Look at the “Hire More Heroes” Bill

February 10, 2015 By Robert S. Sheen, Editor-in-Chief Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has introduced the “Hire More Heroes Act,” with the goal of providing an additional incentive for employers to hire military veterans. Read More

Republicans Unveil Alternative to ACA

February 5, 2015 Republican members of the House and Senate unveiled a proposed alternative to theAffordable Care Act. It would eliminate the individual and employer mandate, provide a tax credit to help offset 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

Hatch Proposes Repeal of ACA Tax on Insurers

January 20, 2015 Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) reintroduced to eliminate the companies enacted through Section 10 the Act. “This is yet another hidden healthcare arbitrarily created to pay for ,”Hatch said. “Raising 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

Senate Bill Would Repeal Medical Device Tax

January 15, 2015 Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman the Senate Finance , introduced a bipartisan bill to repeal the 2.3% medical device enacted as the Act. Five Democrats and four Republicans signed Read More

In Brief: ACA Tax Planning

January 13, 2015 With the start of 2015, it’s not too early for individuals and companies to think about tax planning. Following are some Affordable Care Act-related issues you may want to consider. Read More

House Bill Exempts Volunteer Firefighters

January 12, 2015 The House Representatives passed a bill that would exempt volunteer firefighters and other emergency responder’s from being counted as full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act. We’re committed to helping Read More

House Passes Bill Easing Employer Mandate

January 8, 2015 The House Representatives, ignoring a veto threat from President Barack Obama, passed a bill Thursday that would ease the requirement under the Act for to provide  to their workers. The measure, Read More

How The ACA Can Affect M&A Deals

January 6, 2015 Compliance with Act requirements is an issue for all companies, but it can literally be a deal-breaker when one company is thinking about acquiring another one. Robert L. Jensen, the 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

House Republicans Sue Administration on ACA

November 22, 2014 Republican members the House Representatives announced Friday, Nov. 21st, that they have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s “unilateral actions” implementing the Act. The lawsuit says the administration unlawfully 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