Open Enrollment Missing ACA Individual Mandate

Open Enrollment Missing ACA Individual Mandate

October 24, 2018 3 minute read: The open enrollment period on HR.gov will run from November 1, 2018, to December 15, 2018, only 45 days, the same as the previous year’s open enrollment Read More
Midterm Elections Won’t Affect the Employer Mandate

Midterm Elections Won’t Affect the Employer Mandate

August 20, 2018 2 minute read: Since President Trump took office, a top priority has been to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and his administration continues its attempts to undermine Read More
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
Bipartisan Senate Bill Quietly Gaining Momentum

Bipartisan Senate Bill Quietly Gaining Momentum

October 30, 2017 A bipartisan Senate bill that would continue cost sharing payments to insurance companies and provide states more flexibility in addressing healthcare issues is quietly gaining momentum. The U.S. Senate’s Committee Read More
Has the ACA Bettered the Language Barriers in Forms Reporting? We Asked a Professional

Has the ACA Bettered the Language Barriers in Forms Reporting? We Asked a Professional

October 25, 2017 Over the last few years, pocket neighborhoods of Spanish speaking individuals have produced significant language barriers when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many whose primary language is Read More
Increases in Employee Healthcare Costs Pushing Businesses to Innovative Solutions to Lower Costs

Increases in Employee Healthcare Costs Pushing Businesses to Innovative Solutions to Lower Costs

September 26, 2017 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped more Americans obtain health insurance than ever before. Most of the discussion around issues with the ACA has focused on the individual market 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
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
How Will a New Era of Healthcare Entrepreneurs Be Impacted by the ACA?

How Will a New Era of Healthcare Entrepreneurs Be Impacted by the ACA?

September 5, 2017 At some point, the gig economy was bound to expand into industries most never imagined. With the growing rate of Americans taking on some form of a job within the Read More
New Ambitious Bill Proposes to Legalize Marijuana Across The Nation

New Ambitious Bill Proposes to Legalize Marijuana Across The Nation

August 23, 2017 One of the long running controversies in America is whether marijuana should be legalized. A new bill introduced by New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker proposes to legalize marijuana on Read More
Americans on the ACA this Election Season

Americans on the ACA this Election Season

June 16, 2016   As November looms overhead with the 2016 Presidential election, new issues continue to arise—namely, the afterthought of the importance of health care for Americans. While Americans rank health care Read More
IRS Electronic Filing: It’s Not As Simple As You Think

IRS Electronic Filing: It’s Not As Simple As You Think

May 17, 2016 For many employers, the 2015 tax season included new health care documentation under the Affordable Care Act with regard to employees. Forms such as 1094-C and 1095-C apply directly to Read More
The DO’s and DON’Ts Of ACA Compliance

The DO’s and DON’Ts Of ACA Compliance

May 10, 2016 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has undoubtedly affected most companies and their move toward organization to address the ACA. Although more businesses may become familiar to the mandates proposed by Read More
Health Coverage Information Returns: A Key Date Calendar

Health Coverage Information Returns: A Key Date Calendar

May 5, 2016 While many if not most of the 2015 tax season deadlines have already passed, some information-filing deadlines are steadily approaching. Some have been already been extended, including the deadline for Read More
How Would A Withdrawal from the ACA Marketplaces by United Healthcare Affect Us In 2017?

How Would A Withdrawal from the ACA Marketplaces by United Healthcare Affect Us In 2017?

May 4, 2016 The Affordable Care Act is not entirely a fan favorite among some health care providers, at least as far as UnitedHealth Group is concerned. In a report released by the Read More
Health Crisis Likely in Miami-Dade

Health Crisis Likely in Miami-Dade

May 3, 2016 Access to health care is more than just ordinary preventative care and occasional treatment: it’s also preventing a health crisis. As Florida’s Miami-Dade County sees large numbers of its residents Read More
New Updates To Premium Tax Credit Affect Personal Contributions

New Updates To Premium Tax Credit Affect Personal Contributions

April 27, 2016 When it comes to the Premium Tax Credit, it’s a matter of numbers. The credit was designed for low to moderate-income individuals and families in an effort to assist them Read More
Health Care Careers More Desirable Thanks To Affordable Care Act

Health Care Careers More Desirable Thanks To Affordable Care Act

April 26, 2016 One of the greatest achievements of the Obama Administration was slashing the unemployment rate and creating tens of millions of jobs for Americans. In a recently released job report, jobs Read More
The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit: A Checklist

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit: A Checklist

April 25, 2016 The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit was designed for small business owners with 25 of fewer full-time employees and equivalents in an effort to provide health care coverage for Read More
Huffington Post Analyzes ACA, Provides Suggestions On Improvement

Huffington Post Analyzes ACA, Provides Suggestions On Improvement

April 22, 2016 As the Affordable Care Act continues to build in momentum, many have dissected the bill and come to a series of possible improvements for the ACA. In an article printed Read More
Congressional Budget Office Releases 10-Year Health Care Breakdown For Citizens 65 And Under

Congressional Budget Office Releases 10-Year Health Care Breakdown For Citizens 65 And Under

April 21, 2016 The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a report, detailing a ten-year plan on Health Insurance for those 65 and under from 2016 through 2026. The 40-page report discusses the Read More
Health Benefits Offer Rates: Fact And Figures

Health Benefits Offer Rates: Fact And Figures

April 21, 2016 The Kaiser Family Foundation released a report that detailed the rates of health benefits offered to individuals. In 1999, 66% of firms offered health benefits to their employees, and that Read More
Employer Shared Responsibility Payment Checklist

Employer Shared Responsibility Payment Checklist

April 15, 2016 The Affordable Care Act was implemented as a move to provide widespread health care coverage to all Americans. Under this law, Applicable Large Employers (ALE) must offer health coverage to Read More
The Surprising Reason Why Minority Children Are Less Likely To Have Health Care

The Surprising Reason Why Minority Children Are Less Likely To Have Health Care

April 13, 2016 Prior to the Affordable Care Act, programs like Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were already in place to provide health coverage for underprivileged youth. However, a significant gap Read More
Is Individual Shared Responsibility Your Responsibility?

Is Individual Shared Responsibility Your Responsibility?

April 12, 2016 Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the goal in mind is to ensure that every American has received or has been given access to adequate health coverage. While Read More
Quick Tips: Managing Your Health Insurance Docs

Quick Tips: Managing Your Health Insurance Docs

April 10, 2016 As you prepare your 2015 tax return, keep in mind that new health insurance coverage documents may reach your mailbox this year that you hadn’t seen previously. As the Affordable Read More
Money vs. Healthcare

Money vs. Healthcare

April 5, 2016 When it comes to health care, many view it as a luxury rather than necessity. Health care is one “luxury,” that if given the option of having less of in Read More
Voters Say The ACA Is Not a Key Issue

Voters Say The ACA Is Not a Key Issue

January 28, 2016 While many Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail vilify the Affordable Care Act, American voters across the country are not particularly focused on the health care law as Read More
Medicaid Enrollment and Efficiency Are Improving

Medicaid Enrollment and Efficiency Are Improving

January 27, 2016 State Medicaid and children’s health insurance programs have become significantly more efficient in their operations and more effective at enrolling those who qualify for coverage. As a result, more people Read More
New “Skinny” Plans Exclude Outpatient Surgeries

New “Skinny” Plans Exclude Outpatient Surgeries

January 22, 2016 A year after federal regulators barred employers from offering so-called “skinny” Affordable Care Act health plans that did not pay for hospital stays, some employers are presenting workers with plans Read More
High Deductibles Don’t Promote Price Shopping

High Deductibles Don’t Promote Price Shopping

January 18, 2016 Will consumers make more cost-effective choices of health services and doctors if they are spending their own money? Common sense suggests they would, but researchers have found that consumers don’t Read More
Drug Makers Continue To Raise Prices

Drug Makers Continue To Raise Prices

January 13, 2016 Despite criticism from patients, insurers and lawmakers, pharmaceutical companies have continued to increase the cost of drugs, with many hiking prices by 10% or more just before or after the New Year. Read More
Study:  ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked

Study: ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked

January 12, 2016 Shortly after the passage the Affordable Care Act, many economists predicted that the law would cause employers to slash workweeks to less than 30 hours, to avoid having to provide Read More
Are You an Applicable Large Employer?

Are You an Applicable Large Employer?

January 8, 2016 Because an applicable large employer (ALE) is subject to the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for information reporting and the health law’s employer shared responsibility provisions, the IRS has provided a Read More
83,000 Selected Plans in Week 9

83,000 Selected Plans in Week 9

January 7, 2016 More than 83,000 consumers selected Affordable Care Act health care plans through the Healthcare.gov online marketplace during the ninth week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued Read More
The ACA Individual Mandate and Your Tax Return

The ACA Individual Mandate and Your Tax Return

January 4, 2016 The Affordable Care Act requires individuals, their spouses and dependents to have qualifying health care coverage for each month of the year; to qualify for a health coverage exemption; or Read More
1 in 5 Americans Struggle With Medical Bills

1 in 5 Americans Struggle With Medical Bills

December 31, 2015 One in five (20%) working-age Americans with health insurance say problems paying medical bills often force them to work longer hours, take a second job, spend less on food, use Read More
275,000 Select Plans in Week 8

275,000 Select Plans in Week 8

December 30, 2015 Nearly 275,000 consumers selected health care plans through the Healthcare.gov online marketplace during the eighth week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued by the Department of Read More
Reporting Deadlines Extended

Reporting Deadlines Extended

December 29, 2015 The IRS has extended by almost two months the due date for providing employees with Affordable Care Act information forms, and provided an extra three months for filing the required Read More