PACE Act Rescinds New Obamacare Definition of Small Group

Under terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the official definition of small group for health insurance purposes was set to rise from 50 to 100 employees in 2016, but a bipartisan effort by Congress — along with a president’s signature — has repealed that provision. The vote for the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees […]

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CMS and ONC Release Final Rules for Electronic Health Records

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) thave released final rules that simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make electronic health information available when and where it matters most and for health care providers and consumers to be able to […]

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PPACA Opens to Experimentation in 2017, Maybe…

Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) allows states to obtain waivers to tinker with provisions of Obamacare beginning in 2017. Depending on how much leeway the federal government will allow, states could drop the individual mandate or employer shared responsibility provision, or as Vermont unsuccessfully tried to do, establish a […]

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Congress Looks to End Obamacare’s Cadillac Tax

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says to axe it, and efforts in both Houses of Congress are gaining steam to do just that: end the so-called Cadillac Tax that’s set to take effect in 2018 as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The 40-percent tax on individual health plans that cost $10,200 or more a […]

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Getting More Uninsured into Obamacare a ‘Bigger Challenge’ This Year

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told a group of medical students yesterday that getting those who are still uninsured to sign up during the next open enrollment period is going to be a “bigger challenge.” Speaking at the Howard University College of Medicine, Burwell said, “But while our goals may be […]

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Wages Stay Flat in 2014, But Uninsured Rate Drops to 10.4 Percent

The data are in post-Obamacare, and for all of 2014 the uninsured rate fell to 10.4 percent, down from 13.3 percent the year before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect. In concrete terms, the number of Americans without health insurance dropped from almost 42 million in 2013, before the ACA took effect, to 33 […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Falls 300,000 (or More) from Initial 2015 Sign-Ups

In its latest quarterly report, the Obama administration reported Tuesday that 9.9 million Americans were enrolled in health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the end of June, down from the 10.2 million enrolled at the start of the year. Even the 10.2 million figure released for the first quarterly enrollment report, covering […]

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CMS Gears Up for Obamacare Open Enrollment Starting Nov. 1

With Marketplace Open Enrollment set to begin on Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced grant awards totaling $67 million to support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at HealthCare.gov. Awarded to 100 organizations located […]

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HHS Releases Long-Awaited Nondiscrimination Rule for Health Care

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule to advance health equity and reduce disparities in health care.  The proposed rule, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities, will assist some of the populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination and will help provide those populations equal access to health […]

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CDC Says Uninsured Rate Falls Below 10 Percent Nationwide

In a survey that’s been conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for 50 years, for the first time the percentage of Americans without health insurance has fallen to single digits. The CDC reported yesterday that the National Health Interview Survey showed 90.8 percent of all Americans as now having health insurance. In previous […]

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