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 […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

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 […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

CMS Expands Flexibility in ACA Waivers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of the Treasury today issued new guidance so states can move their insurance markets away from the one-size-fits-all rules and regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and increase choice and competition within their insurance markets. The new guidance grants states more flexibility […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

Premiums to Drop on ACA Exchanges, CMS Says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the average premium for second lowest cost silver plans (SLCSP) for the 2019 coverage year will drop by 1.5 percent, the first time average premiums have dropped since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014. Tennessee’s decrease is the largest with a 26.2 […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

Judge Restores ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) Payments

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Montana health insurer, which brought suit to be paid $5.3 million in cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments it said was due for 2017 under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). President Trump ended the reimbursement program a year ago, saying the funds for the […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

Health Care Spending Approaches 20 Percent of GDP

An analysis by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) of nationwide health care spending for enrollees in employer-sponsored insurance plans shows that expenditures rose 44 percent from 2007 to 2016, putting health care on track for a 20-percent slice of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) within 10 years. Spending averaged a 4.1-percent annual growth rate during […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

Nevada to Exit Healthcare.gov

Nevada, citing lack of consumer choice and availability of data to the state, is exiting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) online exchange — Healthcare.gov — in favor of setting up its own online exchange by 2020. Other states like Oregon, facing the technical challenge of setting up their own exchange, have gone the opposite route […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

CMS Issues Guidance on Avoiding Obamacare Tax Penalty

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a new, more streamlined way for consumers to claim a hardship exemption from the tax penalty imposed for not maintaining health coverage for 2018 on their federal income tax returns, making it easier for taxpayers across the nation to claim their exemption. Of the $3 […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

HHS Sued Over Delay in Drug Discount Rule

Congress in 2010 passed legislation requiring transparency in drug pricing for a hospital program known as 340B, and the Obama administration issued a final rule (finally) in January 2017. Now, the Trump administration is delaying implementation at the cost of a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The American Hospital Association […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

Grants Awarded for Obamacare Navigators

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded $10 million in Navigator grants to 39 organizations that will serve as Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchange states. These awards will support the work of organizations that offer assistance to consumers navigating, shopping for, and enrolling in health insurance coverage for 2019. “We are committed to making […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top