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2019 Year End Round Up: ACA Changes – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the 2020 Further Consolidated Appropriations Act—spending legislation which also included important changes for employer-sponsored health plans, repealing several taxes enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and extending one.  Here’s the roundup: Gone (the Good): The Cadillac Tax, HIT (Health Insurance Tax), Medical Device […]

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ACA Limits, Penalties and Fees – 2014 thru 2020

Employer Shared Responsibility (Employer Mandate) Plan Years 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Affordability Safe Harbor Percentage 9.78% 9.86% 9.56% 9.69% 9.66% 9.56% 9.50% Employer Mandate Penalties – Calendar Year Penalties 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Tier One: Failure to offer coverage or to offer to 95% of employees (70% for 2015) […]

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ACA Limits, Penalties and Fees – 2014-2019

Employer Shared Responsibility (Employer Mandate) Plan Years 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Affordability Safe Harbor Percentage 9.86% 9.56% 9.69% 9.66% 9.56% 9.50% Employer Mandate Penalties – Calendar Year Penalties 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Tier One: Failure to offer coverage or to offer to 95% of employees (70% for 2015) $2,500 $2,320 $2,260 […]

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ACA – Pay or Play Enforcement has arrived

As we reported in our 2nd Quarter Newsletter, the IRS has indicated it would notify applicable large employers (ALEs) in 2017 of their potential penalties for failing to comply with the employer shared responsibility mandate, for the 2015 calendar year.  With the numerous attempts this year to repeal or replace the ACA, ALEs may have […]

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Repeal & Replace Efforts Fail Again

Less than five days after the Senate released the second version of its Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have failed once again. If the BCRA had any chance of passing, Republicans could lose only two votes. With this difficult number to maintain, there was […]

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Senate GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act – Updates

Senate Republicans released their health reform overhaul today after weeks of intrigue. The fight going forward is going to be over the reoriented subsidies and Medicaid. There is nothing explicit that allows states to waive out of anything new but the general waiver requirements process has been expanded. The greatly anticipated (and robustly debated) Senate […]

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The American Health Care Act Passes the House

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217 to 213. This was a big step for House Republicans in fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill must also pass in the Senate for it to […]

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ACA Repeal & Replace – New House Bill Details

House Republicans just released the latest version of the ACA repeal and replace legislation.  The good news for many of our clients is that the Congress has listened to you and us as your brokers, consultants, agents and administrators.  Many of us didn’t see the wisdom in upsetting the employer-sponsored-healthcare market (150+ million Americans enjoy […]

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Transitional Reinsurance Fee Year 3 – Deadline Approaching Nov 15th

Deadline is Tuesday, November 15, 2016:  Your self-funded health plan must submit your enrollment count and schedule your payments for the 2016 plan year. What is it? The Reinsurance Assessment is a fee applicable to insured and self-funded major medical plans for calendar years 2014 through 2016. It will primarily be used to help cover […]

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Bumps, Fixes and Improvements Needed to Make Affordable Care Act Work

While the President’s signature achievement, his healthcare reform effort “PPACA,” now known as both Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act, hasn’t been a big hit amongst health insurers and some politicians, others still cite it as a “triumph” – a triumph that brought coverage to 20 million people that lacked it previously. As the last […]

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