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ACA Update: The Monumental Implications of King v. Burwell

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Mar 09, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Stay tuned … the second half of this year could bring big changes for the Affordable Care Act.

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ACA Update from ProBenefits, Inc.

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 14:11 PM

If you have a high deductible health plan and have been wondering about FSA/HSA eligibility issues, this article is for you. It also includes updates on the health plan identifier (HPID) analysis for HRA/FSA plans.  Technical stuff for sure, but nevertheless important. All this interesting info comes to us from our friends at ProBenefits, Inc.  Thank you, ProBenefits, for helping to keep COBRAGuard readers on the cutting edge of health care reform!

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Tags: cobra administration, aca update, health reform compliance, health reform news

Affordable Care Act Update: Will the mandate be delayed before 1/1/15?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Here’s another insightful Affordable Care Act update from our friend Jason M. Cogdill, Corporate Counsel & Benefits Attorney at ProBenefits, Inc.

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Tags: employer mandate, Affordable Care Act update, aca update, benefits administration, group benefits

GAO releases report on ACA broker fee proposals

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

One of the many ongoing battles over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) involves the federal minimum medical loss ratio (MLR) standards for private insurers. Under this provision, health insurance plans in the small group market are required to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical costs and no more than 20 percent on administrative costs (15 percent for the large group market). If a plan fails to meet the minimum MLR standard, the insurer is required to pay rebates to enrollees and policyholders.

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Tags: PPACA update, aca update, ACA broker fee proposals

ACA Update: Are State Marketplaces Throwing in the Towel?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 13:05 PM

For consumers, the end of open enrollment is no big news. We saw it coming, and its meaning is simple: Anyone who doesn’t yet have insurance will just have to wait till the next enrollment period to get coverage (unless they qualify for special enrollment, Medicaid or CHIP).

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Tags: affordable care act, health insurance marketplace, aca update, state marketplaces

Avoid Shared Responsibility Payments with Three Safe Harbors

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 13:04 PM

Last month, we shared an update from Jason M. Cogdill providing guidance from the IRS on the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate.

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Tags: employer mandate, affordable care act, aca update, safe harbors, aca safe harbor, shared responsibility payments

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