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Health Reform Update: Is the Affordable Care Act a Sinking Ship?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 13:12 PM

Thus far, the 2016 Marketplace open enrollment season has signaled nothing but stormy seas ahead.  In order to receive a federal subsidy to help pay for health insurance, qualifying individuals must purchase health insurance through the federal Marketplace or a state-sponsored exchange.  So, what happens when insurers stop offering coverage through the Marketplace?

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Tags: health reform update, affordable care act

ACA 2015: The Year of the Tax

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 13:01 PM

It happens every year. You survive another busy holiday season, celebrate another New Year’s Eve, and embark on another year with renewed goals and a fresh outlook.

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Tags: affordable care act, ACA 2015, employer mandate penalties

Feds axe MVPs in last minute ACA compliance twist

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

With employers still struggling with the long list of new rules and regulations under the Affordable Care Act, the last thing they need is a last-minute surprise.

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Tags: ACA compliance, affordable care act, Minimum value plans, MVP plans, employer compliance

Employers: The Individual Mandate Impacts You Too!

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Nov 04, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Now that the Affordable Care Act’s “shared responsibility” provisions are in place, it’s time to get ready for the reporting requirements that go into effect in 2015.

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Tags: cobra coverage, individual mandate, affordable care act, minimal essential coverage, share responsibility penalty, ACA reporting requirements

Affordable Care Act update: Is it time to trade in your Cadillac?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

Although it’s still over three years away, the implementation of the “Cadillac Tax” under the Affordable Care Act already has many employers scrambling to come up with a strategy to avoid it – or at least soften the blow.

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Tags: ACA compliance, affordable care act, Cadillac tax

Substandard Health Insurance Hits Workplaces, Thanks to Bad Calculator

Posted by Employer Services on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Remember why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exists? One of its basic goals was to define a minimum standard for the benefits consumers receive when they sign up for health insurance. The intent is good, but it turns out there’s a problem. The online calculator that employers can use to determine if their plans meet ACA standards apparently has a glitch.

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Tags: benefits administration, affordable care act, health insurance

Affordable Care Act Changes: 41 and Counting

Posted by Robert Meyers on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 17:07 PM

This week, we are sharing a post from the Galen Institute

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Tags: health care reform, health reform update, affordable care act, ACA changes

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: aca update, affordable care act, health insurance marketplace, 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, aca update, affordable care act, safe harbors, aca safe harbor, shared responsibility payments

COBRA CONUNDRUMS - Are 29’ers Eligible for COBRA?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 13:03 PM

COBRA CONUNDRUMS is reprinted from the February, 2014 issue of Health Insurance Underwriter Magazine featuring our very own Robert Meyers.

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Tags: cobra conundrums, affordable care act, COBRA qualifying event, cobra qualifying events, 29'ers and cobra

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