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

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

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

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

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

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

Poll: 60% of Americans Favor Employer Mandate

December 30, 2014 About six in 10 Americans say they are in favor the Act’s Mandate, according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. However, the public’s opinion on the requirement that 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

HHS Week 5 Snapshot: 6.4 Million Have Enrolled

December 23, 2014 More than 3.9 million consumers selected Affordable Care Act plans on the federal health insurance exchange during the fifth week of open enrollment,the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)announced Read More

Supreme Court to Hear King Case on March 4

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Medicaid and CHIP Up By 9.7 Million

December 18, 2014 Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s ) rose by 9.7 million during the first nine months of 2014, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Figures released Read More

States Get $665 Million From HHS For Innovations

December 17, 2014 Grants totaling over $665 million will go to 28 states, 3 territories and the District Columbia to design and test innovative and delivery models aimed at improving quality and lowering Read More

Financial Impact of King Win Seen As “Profoundly Negative”

December 17, 2014 The King v. Burwell case now before the Supreme Court has attracted heated rhetoric from both opponents and supporters the Act. But what would be the actual dollar impact if Read More

HHS Week 4 Snapshot: Total Nears 2.5 million

December 16, 2014 More than 1 million consumers selected Act the federal exchange during the fourth  open, the Department and Human Services (HHS) announced Dec. 16. Total signups reached nearly 2.5 million since Read More

Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline

December 16, 2014 Covered California extended until midnight Dec. 21 the deadline for new and renewing consumers to enroll for that will be effective January 1, 2015. The deadline had been Dec. 15, Read More

HHS Awards $36 Million To Health Centers

December 11, 2014 Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $36.3 million in quality improvement awards to 1,113 centers nationwide. The money, provided through the Affordable Care Act, recognizes quality improvement Read More

HHS Releases Third Weekly Marketplace ‘Snapshot’

December 10, 2014 Nearly 1.4 million consumers signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act on the federal health insurance exchange during the first three weeks of open enrollment, the Department of Read More

Taxpayers Unaware of Health Coverage Disclosure Rules

December 7, 2014 Because the Act, Americans will for the first have to declare that they have in the they file by April 15th 2015, or pay a penalty if they don’t. But Read More

Suit Denied Over Employer Mandate Delay

December 3, 2014 A legal challenge to the administration’s postponement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate was denied by a 3-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The panel ruled 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

1 in 4 Latinos Not Covered by ACA

November 12, 2014 A quarter all Hispanics in the United States lack, the highest rate for any minority in the nation, according to data released by the Census Bureau. About 2.6 million 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 Readied For Enrollment

November 8, 2014 In advance the November 15 beginning open under the Act, government technology are beefing up to avoid a repetition last year’s glitches. “We’re really making sure that website works super Read More

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to ACA

November 7, 2014 A key element the Act – the way the administration is distributing subsidies – is the subject a challenge that the Supreme Court today (Nov. 7, 2014) agreed to hear. 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