IRS, CMS, EBSA Seek Public Comment on ACA Change

IRS, CMS, EBSA Seek Public Comment on ACA Change

March 5, 2018 The IRS, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are seeking public comments on proposed regulations that would change the definition of Read More
Some Americans Able to Sign Up for Insurance Under the ACA Past December 15 Deadline

Some Americans Able to Sign Up for Insurance Under the ACA Past December 15 Deadline

December 20, 2017 As we wait for the latest statistics on the number of Americans who have signed up on government exchanges for healthcare insurance coverage for 2018, experts are predicting that the Read More
Efforts to Undermine the Start of Open Enrollment for 2018 Healthcare Coverage on November 1

Efforts to Undermine the Start of Open Enrollment for 2018 Healthcare Coverage on November 1

October 31, 2017 Open enrollment for individuals to purchase healthcare coverage through government exchanges begins tomorrow and runs through December 15. Both advocates and opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are anxious Read More
With ACA Open Enrollment Weeks Away, Trump Cancellation of CSR Payments Not Deterring Insurers

With ACA Open Enrollment Weeks Away, Trump Cancellation of CSR Payments Not Deterring Insurers

October 23, 2017 Perhaps only time will tell if President Trump can succeed where Republicans in Congress have failed to obliterate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President’s ambitious attempts to derail the Read More
Temporary Shutdowns of Healthcare.gov Termed ACA Sabotage

Temporary Shutdowns of Healthcare.gov Termed ACA Sabotage

October 9, 2017 It’s become a bit of a sport. Websites and media outlets are tracking ways that the Trump administration has been working to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Organizations such as Read More
Independent of the Bipartisan Effort to Reform Healthcare, the IRS Continues to Enforce the ACA

Independent of the Bipartisan Effort to Reform Healthcare, the IRS Continues to Enforce the ACA

August 24, 2017 In the wake of Congress being unable to pass ACA repeal and replace legislation, a bipartisan effort seems to be growing around improving the ACA. Indeed, a majority of Americans Read More
IRS Still Moving Forward with ACA Compliance Enforcement for Employers

IRS Still Moving Forward with ACA Compliance Enforcement for Employers

July 10, 2017 The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-38, which revealed the results of the Treasury Department’s review of all “significant tax regulations” per President Trump’s Executive Order 13789 issued in April 2017. Read More
Iowa Seeks Help From ACA During Healthcare Crisis

Iowa Seeks Help From ACA During Healthcare Crisis

July 7, 2017 Come 2018, Iowa has the potential threat of losing health care provider options within their exchange for a significant number of residents. Now, the Iowa insurance commission is requesting a Read More
Deadline Nearing to Provide HHS Comments On How To Improve Health Insurance Markets

Deadline Nearing to Provide HHS Comments On How To Improve Health Insurance Markets

July 5, 2017 While Congress has been discussing new directions for healthcare reform from the Affordable Care Act, President Trump has been talking about the death of that current healthcare law. However, as 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
These New Healthcare Staffers Were Added By The Trump Administration

These New Healthcare Staffers Were Added By The Trump Administration

April 11, 2017 Here’s a quick staffing update regarding new hires to come to the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House: The role of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health 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 IRS Section 1332 Support Continues, Can States Reform Healthcare On Their Own?

As IRS Section 1332 Support Continues, Can States Reform Healthcare On Their Own?

April 3, 2017 Now that the vote on the American Healthcare Act has been withdrawn, and its return highly unlikely, it would appear that the Affordable Care Act will continue to be the Read More
President Trump Proposes New Rule To Stabilize ACA Marketplace

President Trump Proposes New Rule To Stabilize ACA Marketplace

March 1, 2017 Details on President Trump’s plans for an ACA repeal and replacement are finally coming to light. In a new proposed rule, the stabilization of the exchange is placed at the Read More
Does The Newly Revised HHS 2017 Calendar Suggest A Delayed ACA Repeal?

Does The Newly Revised HHS 2017 Calendar Suggest A Delayed ACA Repeal?

February 27, 2017 While the Trump Administration’s proposed rule for market stabilization was circulated in the middle of February, also included were date changes for 2017 and 2018 by the Department of Health Read More
The Fate Of The ACA In Kentucky

The Fate Of The ACA In Kentucky

February 9, 2017 While the Trump Administration is slowly putting the wheels in motion to repeal the Affordable Care Act, one state governor has been trying for over a year to do so Read More
The Last Day For ACA Enrollment Almost Went Unmarketed

The Last Day For ACA Enrollment Almost Went Unmarketed

January 31, 2017 Healthcare.gov has been hard at work informing consumers of a continuous countdown to the end of open enrollment, advising to sign up for 2017 Marketplace coverage ASAP. However, at the Read More
Understanding Anti-Discrimination: The IRS Issues Final Rule

Understanding Anti-Discrimination: The IRS Issues Final Rule

January 25, 2017 In the final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, Read More
Trump’s Executive Order on the ACA and Future Compliance Obligations

Trump’s Executive Order on the ACA and Future Compliance Obligations

January 23, 2017 On his first day in office, Trump signed one of his first executive orders, entitled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” The Read More
Florida Governor Wants An ACA Repeal “As Quickly As Can Get It Done”

Florida Governor Wants An ACA Repeal “As Quickly As Can Get It Done”

January 9, 2017 On December 19th, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott had a meeting with nominated Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price. While Scott and Price barely met Read More
IRS Releases New ACA Adjusted Fees For 2017

IRS Releases New ACA Adjusted Fees For 2017

December 22, 2016 The IRS has released its adjusted figures for certain fees coming into the new year. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee being one of them. The fee was started Read More
With Trump In, Is Medicare Out?

With Trump In, Is Medicare Out?

December 13, 2016 President-Elect Donald Trump has remained cavalier in his plans and directions for the healthcare of our nation. Throughout his campaign, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was targeted for repeal and Read More
Trump Picks Price and Verma to Lead the Charge to a Conservative Approach to Healthcare Reform

Trump Picks Price and Verma to Lead the Charge to a Conservative Approach to Healthcare Reform

December 5, 2016 Donald Trump recently announced his pick of Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quickly followed by his announcement of picking Seem Verma Read More
That Spike In Premium Rates Probably Won’t Affect Your Marketplace Plan

That Spike In Premium Rates Probably Won’t Affect Your Marketplace Plan

November 29, 2016 Fear of premium hikes comes with good reason. As those looking to renew their health plans from the Federal Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Exchange (Federal Exchange) under the Affordable Care Act Read More
The Nondiscrimination Provision of the ACA: What To Know

The Nondiscrimination Provision of the ACA: What To Know

November 9, 2016 Final rules implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act was published on May 18, 2016, and go into effect on July 18, 2016. However, any changes to applicable health Read More
GOP Senate funds the ACA in 2017 joining Democrats

GOP Senate funds the ACA in 2017 joining Democrats

July 18, 2016 It comes as no surprise that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is favored more among Democrats than Republicans. However, perhaps the tides are changing, at least when it comes to Read More
74,000 Selected Plans in Week 10

74,000 Selected Plans in Week 10

January 14, 2016 More than 74,200 consumers selected Affordable Care Act health care plans through the Healthcare.gov online marketplace during the tenth week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued Read More