Key Dates for ACA Open Enrollment

Key Dates for ACA Open Enrollment

September 8, 2015 November 1, 2015 – Open Enrollment begins. Individuals can apply for, drop, keep or change their Insurance plans. December 15, 2015 – Individuals must enroll by this date if they Read More
IRS Alerts Employers on Required Reports

IRS Alerts Employers on Required Reports

July 27, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a reminder that all employers that provide self-insured health coverage, must file an annual return reporting certain information for each employee they cover. If Read More
Utah Legislators Agree on Medicaid Expansion

Utah Legislators Agree on Medicaid Expansion

July 21, 2015 After two years of debate and months of closed-door negotiations, Utah’s Republican governor and state legislature have agreed on a deal to expand Medicaid in that state, covering about 126,000 Read More
ACA Offers Help For Informal Caregivers

ACA Offers Help For Informal Caregivers

July 21, 2015 Millions of Americans who provide unpaid care for ill, disabled or aged family members or friends can now get help through the Affordable Care Act for their own physical and Read More
Alaska’s Governor Acts to Expand Medicaid

Alaska’s Governor Acts to Expand Medicaid

July 17, 2015 Alaska’s Gov. Bill Walker moved to expand Medicaid, saying he will ask the administration to offer Medicaid coverage to all qualifying residents of the state. Noting that Alaska’s legislature had Read More
Enrollments Alone Don’t Lead to Better Health

Enrollments Alone Don’t Lead to Better Health

July 9, 2015 Despite the Affordable Care Act’s success in getting 16 million more Americans enrolled in health insurance programs, major hurdles still keep consumers from understanding their coverage, finding a doctor and Read More
IRS Issues ‘Summary Benefits and Coverage’ Regulations

IRS Issues ‘Summary Benefits and Coverage’ Regulations

June 17, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service issued revised regulations regarding the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) that must be provided to those covered by health insurance plans. The SBC is intended Read More
IRS Explains Definition of ‘Large Employer’

IRS Explains Definition of ‘Large Employer’

May 21, 2015 The IRS has issued an explanation of how companies can determine if they are an ”applicable large employer” or ALE, and how that affects their obligations under the Affordable Care Read More
Rules on Contraception Coverage Tightened

Rules on Contraception Coverage Tightened

May 13, 2015 The Obama administration issued tighter rules on contraception offered by insurance companies, requiring insurers to pay for at least one form of birth control. The guidance, issued as a set Read More
Opinion on ACA Remains Closely Divided

Opinion on ACA Remains Closely Divided

April 20, 2015 A poll tracking Americans’ views the Affordable Care Act shows public opinion holding steady and closely divided, with 43% expressing a favorable view and 42% with an unfavorable view. The 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