Tag: Health Care

Trump administration expands exemptions to ACA contraceptive mandate

On October 6, the Trump administration released two interim final rules that will vastly expand the availability of exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) rules requiring employer coverage of contraceptives. The ACA requires employers and insurers that offer group health plans to employees to cover certain approved contraceptive methods—at no additional cost to employees—or […]

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CBO says revised AHCA not much of an improvement over prior version

The saga of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace key portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has been a long and winding one so far. To recap: The original version of the AHCA was introduced in early March. After receiving lukewarm support and a discouraging report from […]

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Modified AHCA Narrowly Passes House

In a squeaker of a vote, a modified version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the House today, 217-213. The vote was cleanly split along party lines, with no Democrats supporting the legislation (and 20 Republicans voting against it).

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CBO: Fewer employers would offer insurance under Obamacare replacement

On March 13, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate of the effects of the proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace legislation. Deficits down, but number of uninsured up According to the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT): The legislation would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion from […]

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ACA repeal proposal: Employer mandate gone, Cadillac tax remains

On March 6, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) released long-awaited proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a budget process known as reconciliation—a process that allows legislation to be passed with a simple majority in the Senate. The legislation is part of House Republicans’ American […]

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Republican ACA proposal poses challenges for multistate employers

A group of Republican senators has proposed a replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would allow states to choose whether to keep Obamacare’s provisions in place. Because employers’ requirements would depend on where employees work, compliance could be a real challenge for companies with operations in multiple states, according to the Society […]

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Trump takes aim at ACA on first day in office

Following his inauguration on January 20, President Donald Trump signed his first round of Executive Orders, including one directing federal agencies to ease enforcement of some Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. Trump told agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of”ACA provisions that impose fees or other burdens on a range […]

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Retirement Benefits: Better at Attracting Employees than Health Care?

A recent survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Nationwide found that 29% of SMBs with less than 300 employees who offer 401(k) retirement plans and plan to increase contributions say that they are doing so because the ACA has made health benefits less attractive to employees. Additionally, 43% of SMBs who plan […]

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Health Management: A Smarter Approach to Health Care

By Keith Soranno, Keas More than half of the U.S. population accesses health benefits via employer provided-benefit plans, and employers collectively spend over a trillion dollars providing them. A significant amount of this money has been wasted due to poor utilization and a lack of understanding by employees on how to effectively utilize these benefits.

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Health Management: A Smarter Approach to Health Care

By Keith Soranno, Keas More than half of the U.S. population accesses health benefits via employer provided-benefit plans, and employers collectively spend over a trillion dollars providing them. A significant amount of this money has been wasted due to poor utilization and a lack of understanding by employees on how to effectively utilize these benefits. […]

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