Did You Know?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law last December, reduces the ACA’s individual shared responsibility (or individual mandate) penalty to zero, effective beginning in 2019. As a result, beginning in 2019, individuals will no longer be penalized for failing to obtain acceptable health insurance coverage. Despite the repeal of the individual … Continue reading Did You Know?

PRESIDENT SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER DESIGNED TO CHANGE ACA RULES

OVERVIEW On Oct. 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to change certain rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order would relax regulations on association health plans. This change could allow individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance policies across state lines and avoid certain ACA requirements. The executive … Continue reading PRESIDENT SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER DESIGNED TO CHANGE ACA RULES

Health Care Reform: Timeline of Events

In March 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee each released budget reconciliation bills. These pieces of legislation are part of the House Republican’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), the legislation designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This article details the act’s milestones thus … Continue reading Health Care Reform: Timeline of Events

HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASS AMENDED AHCA

On May 4, 2017, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), after it had been amended several times. The AHCA is the proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The AHCA needed 216 votes to pass in the House. Ultimately, it … Continue reading HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASS AMENDED AHCA

House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills

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. … Continue reading House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills

ACA Compliance Bulletin: Final 2018 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters

On Dec. 16, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018. This rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable for the 2018 benefit year. Updated standards included in the rule relate to: Annual limitations on cost-sharing; The … Continue reading ACA Compliance Bulletin: Final 2018 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters

Educate Employees on the Value of HSAs

Health savings accounts (HSAs) offer many valuable benefits to participants. However, many employees do not fully understand how HSAs work and may be missing out. In fact, it is estimated by the Flexible Benefit Service Corporation that 40-50 percent of HSA-eligible individuals do not have an HSA. One reason for the underutilization of HSAs may … Continue reading Educate Employees on the Value of HSAs