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DOJ asks for speedy hearing in case that could kill Obamacare

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Politico reports:

“The Trump administration wants oral arguments in the appeal of a lower court ruling invalidating Obamacare to take place the week of July 8.

The Justice Department filed a motion to expedite oral arguments in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. It indicated that its proposed timeline is unopposed by the other parties in the case.

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Ready for a 255% premium hike?

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Benefits Pro reports:

“Supreme Court ruling killing PPACA subsidies may cause premiums to skyrocket.

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that federal subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are invalid, 7.5 million Americans could face an average premium increase of 255 percent this year. And some could face an increase as much as 779 percent.

That’s the dire warning from consulting firm Avalere Health on the impact that the King vs. Burwell case could have on consumers. Arguments in the case begin March 4.

Avalere said 87 percent of federal exchange customers receive a subsidy. Therefore, the firm said killing the subsidies would cause “average monthly premium contributions for enrollees” to potentially increase “between 122 percent and 774 percent, depending on the state.” Residents in Alaska and Mississippi would see the highest percentage increases in their premium contributions, if the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs.

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Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-timers

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation’s largest private employer.

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that starting Jan. 1, it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move affects 30,000 employees, or about 5 percent of Wal-Mart’s total part-time workforce, but comes after the company already had scaled back the number of part-time workers who were eligible for health insurance coverage since 2011.

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Feds release draft tax forms for employer compliance with ACA

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Benefits News reports:

“The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday released drafts of the forms employers will use to report on health coverage they offer to their employees, unveiling a glimpse of the administrative onus in store for benefit advisers and their employer clients working to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Despite continuing calls to further delay the mandate and confusion about employer shared responsibility requirements following conflicting court rulings just this week on ACA subsidies offered on the federal exchange, the IRS posted to its website draft forms for employers and individuals to use when reporting their health coverage starting in 2015.

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Fallout for states rejecting Medicaid expansion

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Benefits Pro reports:

“Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to what they scorn as “Obamacare.”

It could mean exposing businesses to Internal Revenue Service penalties and leaving low-income citizens unable to afford coverage even as legal immigrants get financial aid for their premiums. For the poorest people, it could virtually guarantee that they will remain uninsured and dependent on the emergency room at local hospitals that already face federal cutbacks.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Mental Healthcare To Get Boost From ACA

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“Mental health experts say healthcare reform will play a role in one of U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposals for reducing gun violence.

Obama this week instructed the Department of Health and Human Services to complete regulations that will direct healthcare providers to cover more mental health services, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

A report by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found more than 45 million adults nationwide suffered from mental illness in 2011. About 11 million of those people had a serious illness, and of those more than 40 percent did not get treatment.

As part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which will be fully implemented in 2014, millions of Americans will have access to mental health services for the first time, the report said.

“This was a giant step forward,” said Carol McDaid, a lobbyist who has been working for nearly 20 years to expand protections for the mentally ill, in reference to mental health provisions in the healthcare act.

Calif. exchange wants TV shows to help tout Obama healthcare law

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The Hill reports:

“Officials in California want prime-time TV shows to help promote President Obama’s healthcare law.

Outreach to television producers is part of the marketing plan adopted by California’s insurance exchange — a new marketplace, created by the Affordable Care Act, where individuals and small businesses will be able to buy private insurance.

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Noncompliance with health care reform act could be costly

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Business Insurance reports:

“Noncompliance of any provisions of this landmark health care reform, whether inadvertent or intentional, could be costly for employers, legal experts warn.

“One thing that the regulatory agencies have said is they’re not looking to penalize employers that are making a good-faith effort to implement the law. That being said, if your strategy is to not consciously implement on the hopes that this act is overturned or repealed, that is not acting in good faith,” said James Napoli, senior counsel at Proskauer Rose L.L.P. in Washington.

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