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New Final Regulations Expand the Availability of HRAs

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

JD Supra reports:

“On June 13, 2019, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Treasury (the “Departments”), published final regulations which significantly broaden the types of health plans that may be integrated with a health reimbursement arrangement (“HRA”). More specifically, beginning January 2020, the finalized rules allow HRAs to be integrated with certain qualifying individual health plan coverage and/or Medicare.  The final rules reverse current guidance which requires HRAs to be integrated with only qualifying group health plan coverage. Practically speaking, this means that employers, beginning in 2020, will be allowed to subsidize employee premiums in the individual health insurance market and/or Medicare using pre-tax dollars, provided certain conditions are met. The final rules also allow certain HRAs to reimburse participants for certain premiums paid for excepted benefits. To achieve these results, the final rules create two new types of HRAs.

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Republicans now have a drop-dead date for replacing Obamacare

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Republicans have only one month to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare through the process by which they tried and failed earlier this summer.

According to a Friday ruling from the Senate parliamentarian, the window to pass an Obamacare-repeal bill through the process known as budget reconciliation will close at the end of September.

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Another Election Loser: Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports:

“Now that Republicans will be taking control of the Senate, party leaders will get the chance to stage a full vote on the repeal of Obamacare, forcing either a Democratic filibuster or a presidential veto. Either way, it will be pure theater, since there’s no real chance of undoing the law as long as President Obama remains in office. But the results of Tuesday’s election will still have a real impact on the Affordable Care Act’s provisions for state-level Medicaid expansions.

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Republicans unveil healthcare reform alternative amid threats of government shutdown

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Fierce Healthcare reports:

“The GOP this week unveiled an alternative plan to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law amid a threat from a minority of Republicans to defund the law before the Oct. 1 implementation date and shutdown the government.

The bill–Republican Study Committee’s American Health Care Reform Act–which calls for a full repeal of the healthcare reform law “dramatically opens up options for families, and dramatically lowers costs” compared to Obama’s law, committee chairman Louisiana Rep. Steven Scalise told The Daily Caller.

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‘Obamacare’ Sounds Different When Supporters Say It

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

NPR Reports:

“Until recently, “Obamacare” was a word mostly used by opponents of President Obama’s health care law. Now, supporters of the law are attempting to claim it as their own.

During the three days of health care hearings, protesters outside of the Supreme Court in favor of the law returned to one chant more than any other: “We love Obamacare.”

The phrase was not somebody’s impromptu brainstorm on the steps of the Supreme Court. People carried mass-printed black-and-yellow signs that said it in big, bold letters.

“My daughter was a 24-year-old who was without health care, was put back on my plan, and luckily she did because she tore her ACL playing soccer and needed surgery, so she was covered for her insurance,” says Alan Perigoy, who was handing out granola bars. “So I’m happy to have the Obamacare. That’s why I’m here supporting it.”

He says his use of the word “Obamacare” is “very appropriate.”

“Well, Obama does care, as he said recently,” he says. “It’s not pejorative at all. It’s a wonderful thing.”

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Supreme Court To Sort Out Health-Care Mandate

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Insurance News Net reports:

“Connie Cass; Connie Cass The Associated Press

This is the first in a weeklong package of stories previewing the Supreme Court’s consideration of President Obama’s health-care overhaul law.

WASHINGTON – Death, taxes and now health insurance? Having a medical plan or else paying a fine is about to become another certainty of American life, unless the Supreme Court says no.

People are split over the wisdom of President Obama’s health- care overhaul, but they are nearly united against its requirement that everybody have insurance. The mandate is intensely unpopular even though more than 8 in 10 people in the United States already are covered by workplace plans or government programs such as Medicare. When the insurance obligation kicks in, not even two years from now, most people won’t need to worry or buy anything new.

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Court Schedules Week Of Health Care Arguments

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Insurance News Net reports:

“The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will use an unprecedented week’s worth of argument time in late March to decide the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.

The high court scheduled arguments for March 26th, 27th and 28th over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which aims to provide health insurance to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans. The arguments fill the entire court calendar that week with nothing but debate over Obama’s signature domestic health care achievement.

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Can’t raise taxes? Hike Medicare premiums instead

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Benefits Pro Reports:

“Raising taxes on millionaires may be a non-starter for Republicans, but they seem to have no problem hiking Medicare premiums for retirees making a lot less.

The House is expected to vote Tuesday on a year-end economic package that includes a provision raising premiums for “high-income” Medicare beneficiaries, now defined as those making $85,000 and above for individuals, or $170,000 for families.

Some would pay as much as several hundred dollars a month additional for Medicare outpatient and prescription coverage. Millions who don’t consider themselves wealthy would also end up paying more.

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Delay Medicare eligibility: Coburn and Lieberman

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The AP reports:

Two Senate rebels jumped into Congress’ cut-the-deficit competition on Tuesday, proposing to raise the age of Medicare eligibility to 67 and increase monthly premiums for millions of current beneficiaries.

“We can’t save Medicare as we know it,” said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. (top), who authored the plan with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma (left). “We can only save Medicare if we change it,” he added in an apparent jab at President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.

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Appeals court judges skeptical of government’s health care case

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

CNN reports:

“A federal appeals court in Atlanta was openly skeptical Wednesday that the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama would survive constitutional scrutiny.

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