Category: Affordable Care Act

Information and News About The Affordable Care Act

What Happens if the ACA Employer Mandate is Repealed?

August 17, 2017 by in category Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to their full-time employees in order to avoid possible penalties. Because this employer mandate has been criticized as burdensome for employers and an impediment to business growth, its repeal has been a central part of Republican plans to […]

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ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn, Now What?

June 15, 2017 by in category Affordable Care Act

In late March 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Because the House was unable to pass the AHCA, the ACA remains current law, and employers must continue to comply with all applicable ACA provisions. […]

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Market Stabilization Final Rule Issued

May 19, 2017 by in category Affordable Care Act, Rules & Regulations

Overview On April 14, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a market stabilization final rule under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final rule includes new reforms intended to help lower premiums, stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets and increase choices for the 2018 plan year. Specifically, the […]

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Block Grants: What You Need To Know

April 26, 2017 by in category Affordable Care Act

“Block grants” are the Republican solution to Medicaid spending, and they are now a key strategy for President Donald Trump’s health care plan. Grant blocking is an old Republican strategy, originally pushed by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. This tactic may indicate how the Trump administration plans to tackle the ACA. What is a Block […]

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House Committee Release ACA Replacement Bills

March 9, 2017 by in category Affordable Care Act

On March 6, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. These bills, which were issued by the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee, are collectively known as the American Health Care Act. […]

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Trump’s Impact on Compliance Issues & the Marketplace

January 10, 2017 by in category Affordable Care Act

There are only a few more days until Trump’s inauguration! One of his top priorities in office is to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Download the white paper below to learn more about preparing for the changes and upcoming ACA deadlines.   2017: Trump’s Impact on Compliance Issues & the Marketplace

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New Year, New ACA Affordability

January 2, 2017 by in category Affordable Care Act

On April 12, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2016-24 to index the contribution percentages in 2017 for purposes of determining the affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2017, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only […]

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Health Care Reform FAQ: Rights & Protections

December 20, 2016 by in category Affordable Care Act

Whether you need health coverage or have it already, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers new rights and protections that make coverage fairer and easier to understand. Some rights and protections apply to plans in the Marketplace or other individual insurance, some apply to job-based plans and some apply to all health coverage. How does […]

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5 ACA Facts for Applicable Large Employers

May 26, 2016 by in category Affordable Care Act

Some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) only affect companies that are considered “applicable large employers” (ALEs). ALEs are generally those with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees. (Special counting rules apply for seasonal workers.) Here are five things ALEs should know: ALEs must either offer minimum essential coverage […]

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New FAQ on Summary of Benefits and Coverage Requirements

April 21, 2015 by in category Affordable Care Act

FAQ Clarifies When Proposed Rules & New SBC Templates Will Be Finalized A new FAQ prepared jointly by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury clarify when the Departments intend to finalize previously issued proposed regulations on the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) notice requirements under Health Care Reform, […]

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