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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 14:59

The Ever-Changing World of ACA Taxes

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There are several healthcare-related taxes that employers have been responsible for under the Affordable Care Act. Some have gone through a sunset while others continue, and some were given a temporary holiday and were scheduled to start anew in 2018. Following a short government shut-down, President Trump signed a short-term…
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:06

Individual mandate repealed for 2019

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For starters, the individual mandate is still in effect for 2018, meaning that employees may have to pay a sharp tax penalty of 2.5% of their income if they do not have health insurance. Early reports that this is no longer in place are false. Even after the individual mandate…
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 15:04

What Made the Cut in the Final Tax Cut Bill

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The Conference Committee in Congress worked last week to meld together the House and Senate versions of their tax cuts bill. Their compromise bill was passed on Tuesday, December 19th, by the House. While the Senate passed it that Wednesday, some last minute changes required Tuesday night by reconciliation rules …
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:11

How Tax Reform Impacts your Benefits

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Republicans have promised to get a tax bill on President Trump’s desk by the end of the year. In response, the House and Senate have created separate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in the last several weeks, leaving little time for them to be debated. These…
Friday, 10 November 2017 16:39

How Will Association Health Plans Impact Employers?

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In early October, President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the Department of Labor to propose regulations to expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs). This expansion would give small employers and the self-employed more health insurance options through bona fide trade and association groups based on profession and interest…
Congress missed the September 30 deadline to continue funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This means federal funding for this program will expire by the end of October. This could cause strain on state level budgets nationwide, because once CHIP funds run out, states will struggle to continue this…
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill was passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017. (To catch up on the content of the House bill, click here). Instead of agreeing with The House proposal, Senate Republicans instead drafted their own bill, released on June 22, called the…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:11

Filing Deadline for PCORI Fees 7/31/2017

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The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee is due July 31, 2017 for employers with any type of self-funded plan and/or a Health Reimbursement Arrangement. The fee helps fund unbiased research that evaluates the clinical effectiveness of medical treatments regardless of the profit potential. This fee is also known…
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:14

Updates on ACA Reporting and Repeal

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The American Health Care Act (AHCA) revised bill designed to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed on the House Floor on May 4, 2017. The revised bill included several amendments from the original bill, including changes to limits on Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions, age-ratio limits, coverage for pre-existing…
Friday, 14 April 2017 09:49

The Final Market Stabilization Rule

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There is much uncertainty around what will happen with the Affordable Care Act, and the Individual Exchanges created by the ACA have suffered from: carriers exiting the marketplace (in part due to the uncertainty over subsidies and enforcement of the mandate); skyrocketing prices in many areas; and concerns over the…
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