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The Employer Shared Responsibility Payment

Monday, May 11th, 2015

HealthCare.gov reports:

“The Employer Shared Responsibility Payment applies to some businesses with 50 or more full-time employees who don’t offer insurance, or whose coverage doesn’t meet certain minimum standards.

Regulations announced in 2014 have updated the following:

  • Which employers must make the payment
  • Which years some employers must begin making the payment
  • Other conditions about the payment

The Internal Revenue Service offers detailed questions and answers about the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment.

The Treasury Department has a fact sheet summarizing recent updates on the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment.

No employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees is subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment in any year.

Making government our last resort

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Indiana Economic Digest reports:

“We’ve found yet another reason to mistrust a government bureaucracy that takes money citizens earned and treats citizens like serfs. The government class often act like the put upon factory foremen, whether it is making the sick wait in a line too many don’t survive trying see a physician at a Veterans Hospital or forcing the poor to jump through innumerable hoops to obtain Medicaid while hoping a loophole can be found to disqualify a person obviously in need. This last cultural trend became widespread in Indiana during Mitch Daniels’ time as governor.

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In New Hampshire, Chris Christie spells out entitlement reform plan

Monday, May 4th, 2015

CNN reports:

“Gov. Chris Christie attempted to position himself as the likely candidate most willing to take on entitlement reform when he delivered a 40-minute speech on the issue in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
The New Jersey Republican, who kicked off a four-day tour across the first-in-the-nation primary state, is applying his direct style to try to be a truth-teller who’s eager to take on uncomfortable topics like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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More than 100,000 in SC could lose health insurance if Supreme Court rules against subsidies

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

The State reports:

“Tim Liszewski didn’t have health insurance for a decade before signing up for a subsidized policy through the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace last year.

He likely will be uninsured again if the U.S. Supreme Court rules federal subsidies are illegal in states such as South Carolina that didn’t create their own insurance exchanges. The court hears arguments about that issue in the King v. Burwell case on Wednesday, with a decision likely coming in June.

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Insured, but Not Covered

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The New York Times reports:

“WHEN Karen Pineman of Manhattan received notice that her longtime health insurance policy didn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, she gamely set about shopping for a new policy through the public marketplace. After all, she’d supported President Obama and the act as a matter of principle.

Ms. Pineman, who is self-employed, accepted that she’d have to pay higher premiums for a plan with a narrower provider network and no out-of-network coverage. She accepted that she’d have to pay out of pocket to see her primary care physician, who didn’t participate. She even accepted having co-pays of nearly $1,800 to have a cast put on her ankle in an emergency room after she broke it while playing tennis.

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IRS Told to Beef Up Obamacare Scrutiny

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Gov Info Security reports:

“A watchdog agency says the Internal Revenue Service needs to put into place additional procedures to ensure that Obamacare health insurance exchanges properly safeguard consumer tax information.

Under the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – the IRS is authorized to disclose limited tax information to health insurance exchanges. That data is used in determining eligibility for individuals to receive federal subsidies to help cover the cost of insurance.

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