Dismantling Obama Care

The United States Senate passed a fiscal 2017 budget resolution early Thursday, the first step in the process of repealing Obamacare through a powerful, majority-vote mechanism known as reconciliation.  The 51- 48 vote came after many hours of debate on an array of Democratic amendments intended to squeeze Republicans for targeting the health law. The…

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EEOC Clarifies Wellness Programs

There has long been a conflict on wellness programs between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act – with employers caught in the crossfire. It would appear that at long last, EEOC has clarified the provisions as relates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination…

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FDA Formally Extends Menu Label Deadline

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule on menu labeling last week that formally extends the compliance date until May 5, 2017.  The federal labeling requirement already has quite a lengthy history – first mandated by passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010. It was originally to be effective as of…

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21st Century Cures Act Signed into Law

In one of the few bipartisan actions occurring in Washington, DC in quite some time, the President and Congress agreed to legislation this week that allows for small employers with less than 50 full-time employees or FTEs to offer a new type of general purpose stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for their employees.  The bill…

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IRS Extends Deadlines, But Hikes Fees Too

OSHA is not the only federal agency that has extended effective dates as the IRS has pushed back the deadline by which time large employers must provide their employees with certain 2016 ACA Forms.  The January 31 deadline is now delayed until March 2, 2017, however the dates when the forms must be filed with…

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SHOP Marketplace Open for 2017

We still don’t know what will happen to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) once President-elect Trump assumes office next month, but until it is changed or repealed, it remains the law of the land and many of its mandates are enforced by the aforementioned IRS.  The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace is open…

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SHOP Waives Minimum Through December 15

Notwithstanding that there will be a new administration in place come January 20 and that President-elect Trump has proposed repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when he takes office, businesses are still required to comply with the provisions of Obamacare until that time. Eligible small businesses looking to enroll their employees through the Small Business…

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What About Health Care?

With President-elect Trump promising to repeal Obama Care and both houses of Congress controlled by the Republicans, one could easily assume that the ACA will be repealed early on in the Trump presidency.  That may be easier said than done however.  Although it’s true that republicans will control both branches of Congress, they will not…

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Affordable Care Act Still Becoming Less So

In a refreshing moment of candor and transparency, the Obama administration this week acknowledged that premiums for the so-called Affordable Care Act will increase on average by 25% across the country.  Just last week, recall that the President defended the health care mandate in a Miami speech and argued that the Republican-led Congress was to…

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ACA Losing Insurers

It was just doom and gloom predictions from the naysayers back in 2010 when the ObamaCare mandate was jammed down the collective throat of the American public, but now it seems those naysayers are being vindicated.  When the health care mandate was first put in place, many cautioned that insurance companies “encouraged” to sell on…

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