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 Massachusettsimplemented its own individual mandate that required state residents to obtain health insurance or face financial ramifications. Nationwide, that rule became the framework of 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
IRS Reveals 2017 Average National Monthly Premium Needed to Calculate Individual Taxpayer Penalties for ACA

IRS Reveals 2017 Average National Monthly Premium Needed to Calculate Individual Taxpayer Penalties for ACA

August 30, 2017 The IRS has issued the 2017 Average National Monthly Premium of bronze-level qualified health plans for both individuals and shared responsibility families of five or more. That figure is the Read More
Surveys Show Public Support for ACA Continues to Grow

Surveys Show Public Support for ACA Continues to Grow

August 29, 2017 It’s become clear that the American public is not so down on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), at least not anymore. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has been conducting regular Read More
Congressional Budget Office Expects Health Insurance Premiums to Increase

Congressional Budget Office Expects Health Insurance Premiums to Increase

August 17, 2017 Gross premiums for silver-level health insurance plans purchased through the healthcare marketplace would be 20 percent higher in 2018 and 25 percent higher by 2020 if cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) payments Read More
Ohio Residents Rest Easier as New Insurance Providers Bring ACA Exchange Plans To Counties

Ohio Residents Rest Easier as New Insurance Providers Bring ACA Exchange Plans To Counties

August 15, 2017 Pockets of counties across the nation have endured some scares as insurance providers began withdrawing from ACA exchanges, creating limited competition and limited options for coverage. Twenty Ohio counties faced Read More
Americans Want a Bipartisan Approach to Healthcare, According to a New KFF Poll

Americans Want a Bipartisan Approach to Healthcare, According to a New KFF Poll

August 14, 2017 Now that the great Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace debate has seemingly ended in Congress, we’ve seen movement by members of Congress towards a bipartisan approach to healthcare Read More
Congress Moves Toward Bipartisan Approaches to Address Healthcare Issues

Congress Moves Toward Bipartisan Approaches to Address Healthcare Issues

August 10, 2017 A spirit of bipartisanship in Congress seems to be rising from the rubble of the failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The first test of Read More
2 Reasons Why Employers Should Care About the IRS Individual Mandate Report

2 Reasons Why Employers Should Care About the IRS Individual Mandate Report

August 9, 2017 A recently released report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) on IRS notifications in regards to the ACA’s individual mandate has potential implications for employers. TIGTA, at Read More
The IRS Finalizes Regulations for ACA Premium Tax Credits

The IRS Finalizes Regulations for ACA Premium Tax Credits

July 26, 2017 The IRS on July 24 finalized regulations for the use of premium tax credits. These are the tax credits provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help lower income Read More
Updated Better Care Reconciliation Act Released

Updated Better Care Reconciliation Act Released

July 14, 2017 The U.S. Senate has released a new, updated draft of the Republican-proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act aimed at winning over Republican Senators who were not enamored of the initially proposed Read More
Pressure Mounts for Congressional Action on Healthcare as Congress Returns to Washington

Pressure Mounts for Congressional Action on Healthcare as Congress Returns to Washington

July 11, 2017 As Congress returns to Washington, D.C. from a quick Independence Day break, the question of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains top of mind. Job one for 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
Texas And Other States Await Possible Return Of Blue Cross-Blue Shield Insurer

Texas And Other States Await Possible Return Of Blue Cross-Blue Shield Insurer

July 6, 2017 Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed major health insurers withdrawing from offering coverage on various states’ exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Companies like UnitedHealth and Aetna arguably led 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
Americans Dissatisfied With Senate ACA Replacement, Per KFF Study; Senate Vote is Delayed Until After July 4

Americans Dissatisfied With Senate ACA Replacement, Per KFF Study; Senate Vote is Delayed Until After July 4

June 28, 2017 The fate of Obamacare will not be determined this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans that a vote on the Senate replacement plan called “Better Care Reconciliation Read More
Two New Health Care Tax Bills Approved Pending AHCA Passing

Two New Health Care Tax Bills Approved Pending AHCA Passing

June 20, 2017 There was a time in the early stages of the ACA repeal where the Trump Administration shrugged off any ACA-mandated taxes going forward. The growing concern was that a repeal Read More
Senate GOP Views 2020 As Target For ACA Repeal

Senate GOP Views 2020 As Target For ACA Repeal

June 13, 2017 Since Trump took the seat as President at the top of 2017, the Republican Party has arguably been inching toward opposition within itself, particularly when it comes to healthcare reform. Read More
New Delays Prove The ACA Will Be Around For A While

New Delays Prove The ACA Will Be Around For A While

May 23, 2017 On Monday (May 22), a motion was filed by both the White House and Congress requesting a 90-day delay regarding an appeal surrounding cost-sharing reduction payments (CSR). The case, known Read More
Featured Press: 3 Issues For Business As The U.S. Senate Tackles Trumpcare

Featured Press: 3 Issues For Business As The U.S. Senate Tackles Trumpcare

May 22, 2017 Op-Ed originally published in The Business Journals. After some false starts, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives finally passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as amended, the first step Read More
President Trump’s New Tax Plan May Affect The Health Care Market As We Know It

President Trump’s New Tax Plan May Affect The Health Care Market As We Know It

May 10, 2017 Earlier this month, we learned that President Trump attempted to yet again repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This time it worked with the House passing the American Health Read More
New KFF Study Shows Healthcare Insurers May Be Financially Stable on the ACA Exchanges

New KFF Study Shows Healthcare Insurers May Be Financially Stable on the ACA Exchanges

May 9, 2017 It was just last year when healthcare giants like UnitedHealth and Aetna were exiting out of certain ACA exchanges—citing the ACA as the cause for financial dips in their bottom Read More
2018 Brings New Changes To ACA Exchange

2018 Brings New Changes To ACA Exchange

May 8, 2017 While the country still awaits the final cues for the U.S. Senate’s take on healthcare reform, more updates arrive for the coming year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Read More