Restaurant Labeling

One would think that the Affordable Care Act would deal with the costs of health care in America, but we know differently and we’re learning with each day exactly how wrong that premise is.  Deep within the 10,000 pages of the ACA is the calorie label clause, which mandates that each restaurant chain with over…

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President Delays Yet Another Provision Of ACA

Just a few days before the December 23 deadline, the Obama administration again unilaterally changed rules by allowing those individuals whose health insurance policies were cancelled to claim a hardship exemption and thereby skirt any penalties under the alleged law.  This latest change was announced last Thursday evening in a bulletin from the Department of…

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Flexible Medical Spending Plan Altered

With most focused on the abysmal record of the ACA enrollment process thus far, we want members to know that the Department of the Treasury and the IRS have issued a notice modifying the longstanding “use it or lose it” for flexible spending arrangements.  The new regulation allows for a carryover to the next year of…

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Obama Care Rollout Problems Continue

The rollout of the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obama Care continues to have significant difficulties with its initial launch, as do Obama administration officials running the program.  This week, two different Congressional Committees – one in the House and one in the Senate – heard HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius describe the…

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Obama Care Update: More Problems – And an Apology

As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, it appears to be encountering still more problems with its web page and acceptability with the American public – so much so that the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kathleen Tavenner, felt compelled to apologize to Congress for the seemingly endless problems…

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Chaos Is Common Thread As ObamaCare Health Exchanges Open

In this the first week when state health exchanges are open for new enrollments, chaos seems to be one of the few consistencies.   The New York state health exchange opened for business on October 1 and then promptly posted a note on their website explaining that the exchange had been overwhelmed, was having log-in issues…

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Employer Notice on Obama Care Required October 1

As we’ve reported to you in the past, the Affordable Care Act initially required covered employers to provide notice of the health insurance requirement and the availability of state health care exchanges to all their employees by Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  Although that requirement is still technically in place, as we told you in last…

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State Exchanges Begin Enrollments

Come October 1, the various state health exchanges established as the marketplace for available plans will begin accepting enrollments.  Costs associated with the various exchanges will differ depending on the state, age of the enrollee and the level of coverage chosen among other factors.  The Department of Health & Human Services has released an issue…

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Glitches Continue, But You Should Stay Informed

With the provisions of Obama Care changing so regularly, you are well advised to sign up on one of the many websites that provide up to date information on Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements.  DDIFO will certainly continue to fill that void as best we can, but there are a couple of sites that you…

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