IRS Provides Guidance on Using Corrected Form 1095-A

IRS Provides Guidance on Using Corrected Form 1095-A

Feb 14 If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, then you may have avoided having to file an amended return if you received a corrected 2017 Form 1095-A for the Healthcare Marketplace. Read More
Masshealth Changes Come With a Hefty Price Tag For Employers [UPDATE]

Masshealth Changes Come With a Hefty Price Tag For Employers [UPDATE]

Feb 12 While healthcare continues to be talked about by the federal government, some state governments are taking steps of their own to shore up the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impact on Read More
Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’S Individual and Employer Mandates [UPDATE]

Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’S Individual and Employer Mandates [UPDATE]

Feb 7 The approval of tax reform legislation by Congress may ultimately have an impact on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2019. That’s when the legislation essentially repeals the individual mandate Read More
Employees Obtaining Premium Tax Credits Can Trigger IRS Letter 226J for Employers

Employees Obtaining Premium Tax Credits Can Trigger IRS Letter 226J for Employers

Feb 6 Individual taxpayers who obtain Premium Tax Credits from the federal government to subsidize health insurance plans purchased on government healthcare exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be filing Read More
Less Than 30 Days to First IRS Filing Deadline for 2017 ACA Information

Less Than 30 Days to First IRS Filing Deadline for 2017 ACA Information

Feb 5 We are less than 30 days away from the first deadlines for filing Affordable Care Act (ACA) information for the 2017 tax year. How time flies! Here is who must Read More
2018 Looks Promising for Health Insurers Offering Marketplace Plans

2018 Looks Promising for Health Insurers Offering Marketplace Plans

Jan 31 The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace has evolved over the years as a necessary evil for some healthcare providers. Others have withdrawn from it, citing profit losses and Read More
DOL Seeking Comments On Extending Association Health Plans

DOL Seeking Comments On Extending Association Health Plans

Jan 30 Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers that do not meet the 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employee threshold to be Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) do not face Read More
Two Errors That Are Triggering ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Payments from the IRS

Two Errors That Are Triggering ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Payments from the IRS

Jan 24 Some trends are emerging on what is triggering the IRS to issue Letter 226J notices to organizations. Since November, the IRS has been sending notices to organizations that failed to Read More
Extended Deadlines for ACA Open Enrollment Updated

Extended Deadlines for ACA Open Enrollment Updated

Jan 23 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it is extending the deadline to enroll in health coverage through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange until March 31, 2018, Read More
ACA Health Insurance Marketplace May Stabilize In 2018

ACA Health Insurance Marketplace May Stabilize In 2018

Jan 22 It’s been a tumultuous year for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From insurers withdrawing from providing health insurance on government exchanges to spiking premiums in the face of financial losses Read More
Individual Healthcare Mandate Being Considered in Maryland [UPDATE]

Individual Healthcare Mandate Being Considered in Maryland [UPDATE]

Jan 18 Senate Republicans added repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate to the Senate’s tax reform bill to save nearly $340 billion in federal funds during the next decade to mitigate increases Read More
New Study Shows ACA Catalyst for Increase In Adolescent Annual Wellness Visits

New Study Shows ACA Catalyst for Increase In Adolescent Annual Wellness Visits

Jan 17 One of the objectives of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to make it affordable for Americans of all ages to actively take part in preventative care, including adolescents. The Read More
New Guidance on Medicaid May Lead to More Choice for Employers and Employees

New Guidance on Medicaid May Lead to More Choice for Employers and Employees

Jan 16 New guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) support efforts by certain individual states to test incentives that make participation in work or other community engagement a Read More
Studies: ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked [UPDATE]

Studies: ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked [UPDATE]

Jan 11 Shortly after the passage the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some economists predicted that the law would cause employers to slash workweeks to less than 30 hours to avoid having to Read More
Worker Misclassification Can Impact ACA Compliance

Worker Misclassification Can Impact ACA Compliance

Jan 10 On December 31, 2017, the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA) took effect. The new law allows for heightened investigations into those employers that are allegedly misclassifying their workers Read More
The Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions, But There’s More Work To Do

The Affordable Care Act Has Helped Millions, But There’s More Work To Do

Jan 9 In 2010, former President Barack Obama introduced the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in an effort to provide more Americans with health coverage. Over the course of its now-nearly eight-year run, Read More
As Congress Moves To Remove Individual Mandate, States Seek Their Own Version

As Congress Moves To Remove Individual Mandate, States Seek Their Own Version

Jan 8 It was a decade ago when Massachusetts implemented its own individual mandate that required state residents to obtain health insurance or face financial ramifications. Nationwide, that rule became the framework Read More
Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

Jan 4 As part of their annual filing of healthcare coverage information with the IRS, organizations must determine if they are Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for purposes of the Affordable Care Act Read More
Despite Tax Reform, Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’s Individual and Employer Mandates

Despite Tax Reform, Expect IRS to Enforce the ACA’s Individual and Employer Mandates

Jan 3 The approval of tax reform legislation by Congress may ultimately have an impact on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2019. That’s when the legislation essentially repeals the individual mandate Read More
2018 Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Shows Americans’ Support

2018 Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Shows Americans’ Support

Jan 2 Open enrollment to obtain insurance starting on January 2018 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ended on December 15 with more than 8.7 million Americans signing up for coverage, according Read More
IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

Dec 28 As the saying goes, I have some good news and some bad news. For the good news, the IRS has extended good faith relief for information-reporting requirements for the Affordable Read More
IRS Extends 2018 ACA Deadline for Providing 1095-Cs to Employees

IRS Extends 2018 ACA Deadline for Providing 1095-Cs to Employees

Dec 27 The IRS has extended the 2018 deadlines to provide 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals as required by Affordable Care Act (ACA). The information was included in a new Read More
ACA Individual Mandate is Set to be Gone, but Desire for Health Insurance Remains

ACA Individual Mandate is Set to be Gone, but Desire for Health Insurance Remains

Dec 21 As part of tax reform legislation passed by Congress, the individual mandate provision in the ACA requiring every American citizen to obtain health insurance or pay an annual financial penalty 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

Dec 20 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
What Would Kenneth Arrow Think?

What Would Kenneth Arrow Think?

Dec 19 The late Kenneth J. Arrow, Nobel-winning economist and one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century, would be dismayed at action being taken by Republicans in Congress to Read More
The ACA Has Improved Healthcare In the United States

The ACA Has Improved Healthcare In the United States

Nov 30 There is much political debate about whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved healthcare for Americans. The Wharton University scholarly podcast Knowledge@Wharton recently featured Wharton health care management professor Read More
ACA Enrollment Continues at Faster Pace From Previous Year

ACA Enrollment Continues at Faster Pace From Previous Year

Nov 29 They say that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, a theory that may be true for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was just months ago when Read More
Who’s Thankful for the ACA?

Who’s Thankful for the ACA?

Nov 22 As we enter into the annual Thanksgiving break, there is much to be thankful for. Most lists will include giving thanks for family, friends, and employment. And almost 1.5 million Read More
Free ACA Resources for Small Businesses

Free ACA Resources for Small Businesses

Nov 21 The federal government provides free online resources to help small businesses better understand the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how they might be able to offer health Read More
Why It Matters That More People Signed Up for ACA Health Coverage In 2018

Why It Matters That More People Signed Up for ACA Health Coverage In 2018

Nov 20 It was meant to have the opposite effect. The Trump administration’s decision to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by shortening the annual open enrollment period to 45-days and cutting Read More
The Healthcare Marketplace is Stabilizing Around the ACA

The Healthcare Marketplace is Stabilizing Around the ACA

Nov 16 We are well into open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite significant increases in premium rates for 2018, enrollment for healthcare coverage on HealthCare.gov is higher than Read More
Will the IRS Extend ACA Reporting Deadlines?

Will the IRS Extend ACA Reporting Deadlines?

Nov 14 Are deadline extensions and reinstatement of penalty relief for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the cards for employers? The IRS Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) has recommended the Read More
New Kaiser Family Foundation Study Shows Number Of Uninsured In 2016

New Kaiser Family Foundation Study Shows Number Of Uninsured In 2016

Nov 8 When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was first enacted in 2010, the mission was clear: provide affordable healthcare to the millions of Americans without it. Depending on who you speak 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

Oct 31 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
In Contrast to Federal Government, California Institutes New Laws to Bolster ACA

In Contrast to Federal Government, California Institutes New Laws to Bolster ACA

Oct 17 While the White House and many Republicans in Washington, D.C., seem intent on undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the statehouse in Sacramento is doing something to bolster it. The Read More
States Are Taking The Lead in Curbing Drug Costs

States Are Taking The Lead in Curbing Drug Costs

Oct 12 States are taking more aggressive action to curb drug costs. It’s self-preservation. Prescription drug expenditures are nearly 20 percent of U.S. health care costs. According to the National Academy for Read More
The ACA is Good for Entrepreneurs

The ACA is Good for Entrepreneurs

Oct 11 The latest news surrounding our nation’s healthcare has kept many on the edges of their seats, but for the moment, those who most benefit from the Affordable Care Act can Read More
Temporary Shutdowns of Healthcare.gov Termed ACA Sabotage

Temporary Shutdowns of Healthcare.gov Termed ACA Sabotage

Oct 9 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
CHIP Reauthorization in Congressional Committees Sees Mixed Results

CHIP Reauthorization in Congressional Committees Sees Mixed Results

Oct 5 There were mixed results yesterday in Congress as Senate and House committees considered bills reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program provided healthcare coverage to 8.9 Read More
Congress Not Delivering Yet on Public Priorities for Healthcare

Congress Not Delivering Yet on Public Priorities for Healthcare

Oct 4 Despite a recent declaration that Congress will focus on tax reform, the need to address critical healthcare issues remains. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey found that a large Read More