Proposed California Bill Puts the State in Charge of Healthcare Costs

Proposed California Bill Puts the State in Charge of Healthcare Costs

May 21, 2018 2 minute read: As the current White House and Congressional Republicans continue to snipe at the Affordable Care Act, some states are taking action to shore up the federal healthcare Read More
ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and U.S. GAAP Complications

ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and U.S. GAAP Complications

April 23, 2018 4 minute read: Originally published on April 18,2018, in Accounting Today. In most organizations, the task of ensuring compliance with the Affordable Care Act lies with the Human Resources team. Read More
New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

April 18, 2018 3 minute read: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has issued a final rule to expand short-term insurance options for Americans as part of the federal government’s continuing campaign Read More
ACA Complexity to Grow as States Develop Their Own Healthcare Solutions [UPDATE]

ACA Complexity to Grow as States Develop Their Own Healthcare Solutions [UPDATE]

April 2, 2018 5 minute read:   The many false starts of the Republican-led effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), along with the Trump administration’s continued efforts to undermine the healthcare law, Read More
2018 Looks Promising for Health Insurers Offering Marketplace Plans [Update]

2018 Looks Promising for Health Insurers Offering Marketplace Plans [Update]

March 7, 2018 The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace has evolved over the years as a necessary evil for some healthcare providers. Some have withdrawn from it, citing profit losses and Read More
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
2018 Affordable Care Act Enrollment Shows Marketplace Stabilizing

2018 Affordable Care Act Enrollment Shows Marketplace Stabilizing

February 19, 2018 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plan to release a more detailed 2018 enrollment report in March for the recent open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, including Read More
IRS Provides Guidance on Using Corrected Form 1095-A

IRS Provides Guidance on Using Corrected Form 1095-A

February 14, 2018 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]

February 12, 2018 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]

February 7, 2018 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

February 6, 2018 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

February 5, 2018 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
DOL Seeking Comments On Extending Association Health Plans

DOL Seeking Comments On Extending Association Health Plans

January 30, 2018 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
Extended Deadlines for ACA Open Enrollment Updated

Extended Deadlines for ACA Open Enrollment Updated

January 23, 2018 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

January 22, 2018 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]

January 18, 2018 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 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

January 16, 2018 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
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

January 9, 2018 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

January 8, 2018 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
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

January 3, 2018 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

January 2, 2018 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
What Would Kenneth Arrow Think?

What Would Kenneth Arrow Think?

December 19, 2017 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 IRS Issues Guidance on the ACA’s Individual Mandate While Congress Looks to Repeal It

The IRS Issues Guidance on the ACA’s Individual Mandate While Congress Looks to Repeal It

December 18, 2017 During 2017, the IRS has steadfastly avoided being swayed by the political breezes, even when they seemed to reach hurricane-level velocity. When President Trump and Republicans in Congress were readying Read More
IRS Penalties for ACA Non-Compliance Can Be Costly

IRS Penalties for ACA Non-Compliance Can Be Costly

December 13, 2017 The IRS has announced the penalty amounts for companies with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the Read More
Who’s Thankful for the ACA?

Who’s Thankful for the ACA?

November 22, 2017 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
The Healthcare Marketplace is Stabilizing Around the ACA

The Healthcare Marketplace is Stabilizing Around the ACA

November 16, 2017 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
New Kaiser Family Foundation Study Shows Number Of Uninsured In 2016

New Kaiser Family Foundation Study Shows Number Of Uninsured In 2016

November 8, 2017 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

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
Back to Congress: Changes to Modify the ACA to Continue Subsidy Payments to Insurers to Stabilize Insurance Markets Are Still In Play

Back to Congress: Changes to Modify the ACA to Continue Subsidy Payments to Insurers to Stabilize Insurance Markets Are Still In Play

October 18, 2017 Bipartisan discussions spearheaded by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions may lead to legislation that will continue cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies providing health Read More
The ACA is Good for Entrepreneurs

The ACA is Good for Entrepreneurs

October 11, 2017 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

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
The Two C’s of Open Enrollment Season: Communication and Compliance

The Two C’s of Open Enrollment Season: Communication and Compliance

October 2, 2017 The Affordable Care Act raised the ante on providing health insurance to Americans for U. S. businesses. It mandated that applicable large employers (those with 50 or more full-time employees Read More
Trump, McConnell Indicate There May Be Movement Towards Limited Bipartisan ACA Legislation to Stabilize Insurance Markets in 2018 [NEW REPORT]

Trump, McConnell Indicate There May Be Movement Towards Limited Bipartisan ACA Legislation to Stabilize Insurance Markets in 2018 [NEW REPORT]

September 28, 2017 With the GOP’s last-ditch attempt in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)done for now, President Trump introduced the idea of working with Democrats to change healthcare Read More
Path Now Clear for U.S. Senate Committee to Address Stabilizing Health Insurance Markets

Path Now Clear for U.S. Senate Committee to Address Stabilizing Health Insurance Markets

September 27, 2017 The on again, off again effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) finally fizzled out yesterday when Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate declined to bring to Read More
U.S. Senate Health Committee Works to Reach Consensus With Healthcare Hearings Over

U.S. Senate Health Committee Works to Reach Consensus With Healthcare Hearings Over

September 18, 2017 Can they reach a bipartisan consensus on fixing healthcare? That’s the question now that the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has completed its hearings on stabilizing Read More
Excess PTCs Can Lead To Greater Tax Liability

Excess PTCs Can Lead To Greater Tax Liability

September 14, 2017 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made significant strides in making healthcare affordable thanks to subsidies like Premium Tax Credits (PTCs), but that assistance can ultimately affect tax liability. At Read More
U.S. Senate Committee Continues Healthcare Hearings Today After Hearing From Governors Last Week

U.S. Senate Committee Continues Healthcare Hearings Today After Hearing From Governors Last Week

September 12, 2017 The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions continues its hearings on healthcare policy today. The committee will hear testimony today on providing states greater flexibility in managing Read More
State Insurance Commissioners Ask Senators to Continue Subsidy Payments to Insurers

State Insurance Commissioners Ask Senators to Continue Subsidy Payments to Insurers

September 7, 2017 It was a positive start to what the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hopes will be the start of a successful bipartisan effort to draft legislation Read More
U.S. Senate Committee Starts Hearings Today on Bipartisan Approach to Fixing the ACA

U.S. Senate Committee Starts Hearings Today on Bipartisan Approach to Fixing the ACA

September 6, 2017 The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will start deliberations on a bipartisan bill to address issues with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aimed at shoring up Read More
MassHealth Changes Come With A Hefty Price Tag For Employers

MassHealth Changes Come With A Hefty Price Tag For Employers

August 31, 2017 While healthcare is expected to continue to be discussed when Congress reconvenes in September, some state governments are taking steps of their own to shore up the Affordable Care Act Read More