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
Keeping Up With The GOP And Medicaid Expansion

Keeping Up With The GOP And Medicaid Expansion

February 15, 2017 New remarks from President Trump are now suggesting that the Affordable Care Act won’t see an immediate repeal or replacement until well into the next year. While that may be Read More
The Fate Of The ACA In Kentucky

The Fate Of The ACA In Kentucky

February 9, 2017 While the Trump Administration is slowly putting the wheels in motion to repeal the Affordable Care Act, one state governor has been trying for over a year to do so Read More
As ACA Repeal Draws Near, The CBO Weighs In

As ACA Repeal Draws Near, The CBO Weighs In

February 7, 2017 In a report dated January 17, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) offered estimates on what would happen should the ACA be repealed. These figures range from premium prices to statistics Read More
Trump Supporters And Healthcare: What Do They Want?

Trump Supporters And Healthcare: What Do They Want?

February 2, 2017 In mid-January, Republicans made the official first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by voting 227-198 in permitting the GOP to bring their bill for repeal of the Read More
This Interactive Map Will Shed More Light On ACA Enrollment

This Interactive Map Will Shed More Light On ACA Enrollment

January 31, 2017 The Kaiser Family Foundation often conducts surveys providing valuable information, more specifically in recent years surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now, the KFF has released some interactive maps to Read More
Understanding Anti-Discrimination: The IRS Issues Final Rule

Understanding Anti-Discrimination: The IRS Issues Final Rule

January 25, 2017 In the final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, Read More
An ACA Repeal Could Cost Hospitals Billions In Losses

An ACA Repeal Could Cost Hospitals Billions In Losses

January 18, 2017 Inauguration Day is inching closer and closer, and so are the policies that President-Elect Trump has planned once he assumes the seat of President this year. A repeal of the Read More
IRS Finalizes Regulations Adopt Intentional or Reckless Disregard of Facts Exceptions to Employee Safe Harbor

IRS Finalizes Regulations Adopt Intentional or Reckless Disregard of Facts Exceptions to Employee Safe Harbor

January 12, 2017 The IRS has provided clarity with regard to what qualifies as an “intentional or reckless disregard of facts” by employees when it comes to seeking shelter under the employee Premium Read More
Florida Governor Wants An ACA Repeal “As Quickly As Can Get It Done”

Florida Governor Wants An ACA Repeal “As Quickly As Can Get It Done”

January 9, 2017 On December 19th, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott had a meeting with nominated Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price. While Scott and Price barely met Read More
Mike Pence: Friend Or Foe To Medicaid?

Mike Pence: Friend Or Foe To Medicaid?

December 20, 2016 Indiana residents now have a concern about their healthcare, which perhaps they didn’t have before. In his past career as Indiana Governor, Vice President-Elect Mike Pence was one of the Read More
Rural America Is Concerned For The Fate Of Their Healthcare

Rural America Is Concerned For The Fate Of Their Healthcare

December 19, 2016 In 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed for the expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky, providing healthcare for over 440,000 residents of low income households statewide. USA Today’s The Gleaner Read More
With Trump In, Is Medicare Out?

With Trump In, Is Medicare Out?

December 13, 2016 President-Elect Donald Trump has remained cavalier in his plans and directions for the healthcare of our nation. Throughout his campaign, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was targeted for repeal and Read More
Trump Picks Price and Verma to Lead the Charge to a Conservative Approach to Healthcare Reform

Trump Picks Price and Verma to Lead the Charge to a Conservative Approach to Healthcare Reform

December 5, 2016 Donald Trump recently announced his pick of Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quickly followed by his announcement of picking Seem Verma Read More
Will ColoradoCare replace the ACA?

Will ColoradoCare replace the ACA?

November 3, 2016 November 8th is right around the corner. And while the onus of the day is placed on electing our next President, Colorado residents will have something else to ponder in Read More
Study Shows Millions Of Uninsured Eligible Americans Are Still Underutilizing The ACA

Study Shows Millions Of Uninsured Eligible Americans Are Still Underutilizing The ACA

October 31, 2016 The Kaiser Family Foundationhas released another report surrounding ACA figures, and the results are astounding. In a report of “Estimates of Eligibility for ACA Coverage among the Uninsured in 2016,” Read More
Individual Shared Responsibility Payment? Not For Everyone

Individual Shared Responsibility Payment? Not For Everyone

October 24, 2016 For many, the Individual Shared Responsibility payment is another irritating factor of healthcare as it can add to yet another unforeseen financial burden to the pockets of Americans. However, we Read More
Medicaid Expansion Proves Big Wins In Kentucky And Arkansas

Medicaid Expansion Proves Big Wins In Kentucky And Arkansas

September 12, 2016 Think Medicaid expansion doesn’t help those in need? Think again. In a study from the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine released in August, states which have expanded Read More