ACA Survives Supreme Court, Focus Shifts to More Advancements

ACA Survives Supreme Court, Focus Shifts to More Advancements

June 29, 2021 Earlier this month the Supreme Court issued its decision to uphold the ACA, dismissing the challengers who asserted it was unconstitutional. So, what happens next? Now that the healthcare law Read More
What you Need to Know About IRS Letter 5699

What you Need to Know About IRS Letter 5699

June 4, 2021 2 minute read With the IRS ramping up enforcement of the ACA, employers should keep their eyes peeled for the penalty warning notice, Letter 5699. Responding promptly and accurately to Read More
ACA Affordability for the 2021 Tax Year

ACA Affordability for the 2021 Tax Year

April 9, 2021 2 minute read: For the 2021 tax year, the ACA affordability threshold will increase to 9.83%. That means employees will likely have to contribute more towards their employer-sponsored healthcare. IRS Read More
Recapping on Biden’s ACA Reforms, What Employers Need to Know

Recapping on Biden’s ACA Reforms, What Employers Need to Know

April 8, 2021 3 minute read: Since Biden took office on January 20, 2021, several advancements to the Affordable Care Act followed, so we thought it best to recap on the ACA reforms Read More
What Biden’s New HHS Secretary Could Mean for the ACA

What Biden’s New HHS Secretary Could Mean for the ACA

March 22, 2021 3 minute read: President Joe Biden nominated California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a known supporter of the ACA, as the new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. On March 18, Read More
Biden’s Affordable Care Act Advancements are Underway

Biden’s Affordable Care Act Advancements are Underway

February 17, 2021 3 minute read: Since the Biden Administration took office a few weeks ago, changes to help bolster the Affordable Care Act are already underway. President Joe Biden has already signed Read More
ACA Improvements to Expect from the Biden Administration

ACA Improvements to Expect from the Biden Administration

January 19, 2021 3 minute read: The inauguration welcoming president-elect Joe Biden to the White House is imminent and with the recent shift in majority control of the Senate, we can expect a Read More
The ACA is Central to American Health and Wellbeing

The ACA is Central to American Health and Wellbeing

January 7, 2021 2 minute read: At the dawn of 2021, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is poised to continue to be central to the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans. A Read More
ACA Expectations Heading into the 2020 Election

ACA Expectations Heading into the 2020 Election

September 28, 2020 3 minute read: As the fourth quarter of 2020 draws near, so does the presidential election. A popular topic of debate to be addressed in the coming election is healthcare, Read More
IRS Releases New ACA Filing Information for the 2020 Tax Year

IRS Releases New ACA Filing Information for the 2020 Tax Year

September 24, 2020 2 minute read: The IRS has published various Affordable Care Act Information Returns (AIRs) documents for the 2020 tax year with which employers will need to familiarize themselves before electronically Read More
New IRS Notice Addresses COVID-19, Medicaid, and the ACA

New IRS Notice Addresses COVID-19, Medicaid, and the ACA

September 16, 2020 2 minute read: New IRS guidance addresses the intersection of COVID-19, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a bid to increase COVID-19 testing in the U.S., one facet Read More
ACA to Aid Millions in Obtaining Healthcare, KFF Report Finds

ACA to Aid Millions in Obtaining Healthcare, KFF Report Finds

September 4, 2020 2 minute read: The data is in: at least 27 million Americans have lost employer-sponsored health coverage as a result of COVID-19. The Kaiser Family Foundation issued a report in Read More
New Jersey Adopts ACA Provision to Lower Healthcare Costs

New Jersey Adopts ACA Provision to Lower Healthcare Costs

August 26, 2020 3 minute read: Earlier this month, New Jersey signed into law a state version of an Affordable Care Act provision, the Health Insurance Assessment (HIA) program. New Jersey is the Read More
New Victory Shows ACA’s Staying Power in Court

New Victory Shows ACA’s Staying Power in Court

August 24, 2020 2 minute read: In another court victory for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal appellate court ruled in Texas v. Rettig that a provision of the ACA that imposes Read More
ACA Expansion of Medicaid Passes in Missouri

ACA Expansion of Medicaid Passes in Missouri

August 14, 2020 3 minute read: In yet another triumphant win for the Affordable Care Act, the state of Missouri approved and passed the expansion of Medicaid. The expansion comes after nearly 53% Read More
ACA Enhancement Bill Telling of the Times

ACA Enhancement Bill Telling of the Times

July 24, 2020 2 minute read: House of Representative Democrats have unveiled a bill that would enhance many of the ACA’s components while reversing much of the Trump administration’s onslaught to the healthcare Read More
ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Takes Hold in Oklahoma

ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Takes Hold in Oklahoma

July 17, 2020 3 minute read: In late June, Oklahoma joined 37 other states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid under the ACA. Better late than never and in good timing Read More
Proposed IRS Regs Will Not Affect How Individuals Receive PTCs

Proposed IRS Regs Will Not Affect How Individuals Receive PTCs

June 3, 2020 2 minute read: The IRS recently issued proposed regulations on how the personal tax exemption reduction to “0” will affect qualifications for recipients of Premium Tax Credits (PTCs). Regulation 124810-19, Read More
ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Key Player for Providing Health Coverage Amid COVID-19

ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Key Player for Providing Health Coverage Amid COVID-19

May 29, 2020 2 minute read: By now it’s become abundantly clear how important it is for individuals to have health coverage. COVID-19 or not, healthcare is saving lives and the ACA has Read More
Employers May See More ACA Penalties As a Result of COVID-19

Employers May See More ACA Penalties As a Result of COVID-19

May 25, 2020 2 minute read: A new data analysis report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds the vast majority of Americans who lost their job amid COVID-19will be eligible for government Read More
Maine Implements a Statewide Health Exchange

Maine Implements a Statewide Health Exchange

September 19, 2019 2 minute read: Maine will become the next state to administer its own statewide health exchange. The state will however, continue to operate on the federal healthcare.gov website platform. The Read More
Three More States Decide to Expand Medicaid Under the ACA

Three More States Decide to Expand Medicaid Under the ACA

September 3, 2019 3 minute read: Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho will join 33 states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion will take place under Read More
California Passes New State-Wide Healthcare Individual Mandate

California Passes New State-Wide Healthcare Individual Mandate

July 3, 2019 5 minute read: In early January, I wrote a blog post titled, “Will 2019 Be the Year for Statewide Individual Health Insurance Mandates?” More and more, it is appearing that Read More
Is Maryland the Next State to Approve an Individual Mandate?

Is Maryland the Next State to Approve an Individual Mandate?

March 13, 2019 3 minute read: Maryland is getting closer to a state-wide version of an individual mandate that will encourage state residents to purchase health insurance. A bill in the Maryland legislature, Read More
Will 2019 be the Year for Statewide Individual Health Insurance Mandates?

Will 2019 be the Year for Statewide Individual Health Insurance Mandates?

January 7, 2019 3 minute read:  Since the Trump Administration took office, the ACA has been under fire from the White House and many Congressional Republicans. Legislative repeal of the ACA failed. However, Read More
What Employers Need to Know About the ACA (UPDATE)

What Employers Need to Know About the ACA (UPDATE)

November 12, 2018 7 minute read: It’s always interesting to look back and see how regulation develops. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no exception. I wrote a five-part series about the ACA Read More
ACA Support May Dictate Midterm Election Results

ACA Support May Dictate Midterm Election Results

November 5, 2018 2 minute read:  Americans across the country will report to their respective poll places to cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, and the issue of healthcare 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
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
Studies: ACA Has No Effect on Hours Worked [UPDATE]

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

January 11, 2018 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
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
The ACA Has Improved Healthcare In the United States

The ACA Has Improved Healthcare In the United States

November 30, 2017 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
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
U.S. Senate Committee Hears More Support for CSR Payments and Flexibility for States

U.S. Senate Committee Hears More Support for CSR Payments and Flexibility for States

September 13, 2017 The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions continued its hearings on healthcare policy yesterday. The hearing brought testimony in support of providing states more flexibility in addressing 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
Medicaid Receives Praise From Its Recipients

Medicaid Receives Praise From Its Recipients

July 27, 2017 There’s a fallacy amongst some people that suggests Medicaid recipients are receiving less than stellar healthcare. That couldn’t be further from the truth according to a new study from Harvard’s 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
Complexities Await Should ACA Be Amended Prior To Repeal

Complexities Await Should ACA Be Amended Prior To Repeal

June 27, 2017 On June 26, President Trump tweeted, “Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats. Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!” Read More
The AHCA May Cost Seniors Almost Half Of Their Annual Income In Premiums

The AHCA May Cost Seniors Almost Half Of Their Annual Income In Premiums

June 26, 2017 The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is still sitting in the Senate, awaiting a verdict on being modified or dismantled to something unrecognizable. While in limbo, analyses continue to surface, Read More
Seniors And Medicaid: The Real Connection

Seniors And Medicaid: The Real Connection

June 14, 2017 For many Americans, the understanding of healthcare when it comes to senior citizens is that their benefits are derived from Medicare. While that may be true for millions, there are Read More
Will Medicaid Be A Casualty Of The AHCA? New Study Shows Americans Are Concerned

Will Medicaid Be A Casualty Of The AHCA? New Study Shows Americans Are Concerned

June 7, 2017 While the Affordable Care Act made significant strides in Medicaid Expansion, that may all change should the American Health Care Act (AHCA) be put into action. While federal funding for Read More
GOP Health Care Bill Now Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

GOP Health Care Bill Now Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

May 4, 2017 Today, with a vote count of 217 for and 213 against, the heavily Republican majority House passed the amended American Healthcare Act (AHCA). This rushed vote came with less than Read More
Minnesota And Alaska Lead The Charge For State Healthcare Empowerment

Minnesota And Alaska Lead The Charge For State Healthcare Empowerment

April 19, 2017 In Trump’s plans for healthcare reform, individual states were a high priority in allowing more localized power from state-to-state. While the American American Healthcare Act (AHCA) has since collapsed, the Read More
As The ACA Stays, Should States Readjust Their Employer Mandate Demands?

As The ACA Stays, Should States Readjust Their Employer Mandate Demands?

April 5, 2017 In a matter of two weeks, everything seems to have changed for the fate of states and their Read More
Medicaid Expands As The ACA Stays

Medicaid Expands As The ACA Stays

March 30, 2017 When news broke last week that the Affordable Care Act would no longer be repealed and replaced, it signified an end to the waiting game on the fate of America’s Read More
Breaking: Affordable Care Act Will Not Be Repealed Due To Votes

Breaking: Affordable Care Act Will Not Be Repealed Due To Votes

March 24, 2017 The New York Times broke the story today that House Speaker Paul Ryan “rushed” to the White House to explain to President Trump that he lacked the votes to repeal Read More
Are Medicaid Recipients Always Below The Federal Poverty Line? The Short Answer Is No.

Are Medicaid Recipients Always Below The Federal Poverty Line? The Short Answer Is No.

March 9, 2017 When it comes to Medicaid, there is a lot of confusion as to what it means to be eligible on a state by state basis. The assumption may be that Read More
New KFF Study Shows A Change In The Perception of The ACA

New KFF Study Shows A Change In The Perception of The ACA

February 28, 2017 As the Trump Administration begins the rollout for changes to healthcare reform—namely a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act—there appears to be changes in American opinions of the Read More