IRS Unable to Reclaim $1B in False Obamacare Subsidy Claims

Some 87 percent of Obamacare participants receive subsidies to offset the premiums for their health insurance, with the total of subsidies claimed — based on applicants’ stated income while applying — running at $27 billion a year. In the latest accounting, $3.7 billion of that outlay was based on false or outdated claims, of which […]

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Maryland Lawsuit Seeks to Counter Texas Obamacare Ruling

Arguments were heard Wednesday in a federal district court in Baltimore over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), where the Obama-appointed judge is certain to find every aspect of the law completely viable and constitutional. The same lawsuit seeks to unseat acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on grounds that his […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment on HealthCare.gov Comes In at 8.5 Million

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the weekly enrollment snapshot through the Dec. 15 midnight Eastern Time deadline for the 2019 Open Enrollment Period, and the preliminary data show enrollment remained steady. Open Enrollment for 2019 coverage ended with approximately 8.5 million people enrolled compared to 8.8 million people at the […]

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Obamacare Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal District Judge

Texas Federal District Judge Reed O’Connor, who a few years ago struck down the Obama-era “one-bathroom-fits-all” rule for public schools, has this day ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is unconstitutional. Immediate appeals are expected, and the White House has signaled that the law will remain in effect, while at the same […]

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Dave & Buster’s Busted for Violating Employees’ ERISA Rights

The Dave & Buster’s restaurant-entertainment chain is on the hook for a $7.425 settlement after slashing employees’ hours to avoid providing them with health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The ACA’s employer shared responsibility provision requires businesses with 100 or more employees to provide health insurance for all full-time […]

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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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