Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

With many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act taking effect this year, we want to bring you as much up-to-date information as possible and will do precisely that at our Mid-Atlantic District meeting on Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.  The meeting will feature Attorney Pat McGovern, an…

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Employer Mandate Begins

It was passed into law some 5 years ago, but with the ball falling in Times Square this New Year’s Ever, the Obama Care employer mandate officially took effect. Beginning for 2015, all companies with 100 or more full-time employees must offer an affordable health plan to 70 percent or more of their employees or…

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SCOTUS Passes on Another Major Challenge

As its mandates begin to take effect, the Affordable Care Act dodged another legal bullet this past week when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declined to hear an appeal of a suit brought by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons challenging the requirement for recertification of physicians as well as a…

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Getting Down to Business

Turning the page to new legislative initiatives, Congressional Republicans wasted no time setting their sights on “refining” the Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare”.  Yesterday, on a 252 – 172 vote, the US House passed a bill amending the law’s 30 hour work week provision and restoring the historical 40-hour definition of a full-time work week. …

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Special SHOP Enrollment Period Ends Monday

A special enrollment period offered by the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) as an inducement for small businesses to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace will end on Monday, December 15.   The special enrollment period allows small businesses in many states the opportunity to avoid the so-called “minimum participation rate“, which in most states…

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FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

Earlier this week, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published their long-awaited final regulations governing menu labeling requirements around the country.  The FDA regulations, mandated by the Affordable Care Act and available in pdf format here, require that specific caloric and other information be included on menus and menu boards for “covered food establishments”.  “Covered…

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Obama Care More Unpopular Now

It may have never been terribly popular with the American public, but the Affordable Care Act is now less popular than it has ever been.  According to a new Gallup poll released earlier this week, only 37 percent of the American public supports Obama Care, while a full 56 percent disapprove of the law.  The…

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Better Hospitals Excluded

In more news that will likely further erode support for the Obama Care mandates, it was reported this week in the Baltimore Business Journal, that a number of health insurance plans offered in response to the mandates of the Affordable Care Act will not cover any services provided by some of the premier hospital facilities…

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Obama Care Projections for 2015

We recall the disaster that was the Obama Care roll-out across the nation last year at this time as websites were crashing and Americans were being stripped of their health insurance (“If you like your health insurance, you can keep it!”), but Health & Human Services (HHS) projections paint a smaller but less problematic result…

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Hearings on Single-Payer System

Notwithstanding that this is only the second year where the Obama Care exchanges are open for enrollment and despite the difficulties involved in year one enrollments (above), the New York Assembly will again be considering the adoption of a universal “single-payer” coverage model.   Democrat state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, representing Manhattan, has filed legislation proposing the…

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