IRS Extends Deadline for Obamacare Employee Information Forms

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), saying that “a substantial number of employers, insurers, and other providers of minimum essential coverage need additional time,” has extended the deadline for supplying Form 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals from Jan. 31, 2019, to March 4, 2019. Form 1095-B is titled “Health Coverage,” while Form 1095-C is called “Employer-Provided […]

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CMS Gives States Power to Refashion Obamacare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of the Treasury issued new guidance on Nov. 29, allowing states to move their insurance markets away from what they called the “one-size-fits-all” rules and regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) and increase choice and competition within their insurance markets. […]

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States Seek Medicaid Work Requirement Authority

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting waivers for states to establish work requirements for the able-bodied who receive Medicaid health care services. The requirements usually consist of community service, job training or schooling, if not outright employment. The waivers are designed to control the costs of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Reaches Nearly 2 Million

In week three of the 2019 Open Enrollment, 748,244 people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform, bringing the total to 1,924,476. As in past years, enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday.  Consequently, the cumulative totals reported in this snapshot reflect one fewer day than last year. Every week during Open Enrollment, the Centers for […]

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CMS Cracks Down on Obamacare Subsidy Verifications

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA): Exchange Program Integrity.” This proposal, CMS says, would safeguard taxpayer dollars by ensuring that people are accurately determined eligible for premium subsidies they receive through the Exchange.  In addition, to better align federal regulations with […]

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Whither the Lawsuit Against Obamacare?

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of Ft. Worth, Texas, heard arguments two months ago over a Texas-led coalition’s contention that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is no longer constitutional now that the individual mandate has lost its “tax-like” monetary penalty. But the judge has yet to rule, though in the past — […]

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Three Red States Approve Medicaid Expansion

Three states that are considered mostly Republican-leaning (aka “red states”) approved the expansion of Medicaid at the ballot box Tuesday. Idaho, Nebraska and Utah all said yes, while Montana rejected permanent Medicaid expansion after embracing the program in 2015. Idaho voters gave the largest measure of support to their ballot measure, with 61 percent saying […]

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First Week (3 Days) of ACA Enrollment Nets 371,676 Enrollees

In week one of Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2019, 371,676 people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. As in past years, enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday.  Consequently, week one was only three days long this year – from Thursday to Saturday. Every week during Open Enrollment, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will release […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins Tomorrow

The window for signing up for health insurance plans effective Jan. 1, 2019, closes at the end of Obamacare open enrollment on Dec. 15 of this year, following the opening of the federal exchange — HealthCare.gov — tomorrow. While this opening is of somewhat limited interest to applicable large employers (ALEs) — those companies with […]

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Proposed Rule Allows Employees to Purchase Health Insurance with HRAs

Join thousands of other Personnel Concepts customers in gaining access to our Digital Workplace Compliance Library (DWCL), which contains manuals and guides for virtually every compliance challenge facing businesses in the U.S. — WATCH THE VIDEO The Departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor today issued a proposed regulation that expands the […]

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