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Healthcare Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became effective in 2010. The law included an expansion of Medicaid eligibility, subsidies of insurance premiums for lower-income people, a ban on denial of coverage and denial of claims based on pre-existing conditions, and the establishment of health insurance exchanges. The full program was scheduled to be phased in by 2014.

Cadillac tax killed by feds: What’s next for ACA?

When the House and Senate approved a short-term government spending bill, the major story was how it ended a government shutdown. But for HR pros, there’s another story tucked away in the legislation.

IRS’s about-face on Obamacare gives employers relief and an extension

The IRS recently did something regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) it was adamant it wouldn’t do this year.

Landmark lawsuit: ACA employer mandate case costs Dave & Buster’s $7.4M

To avoid the employer mandate for not offering healthcare coverage, can employers cut employees’ hours to avoid having them count as full-time employees under the ACA? HR pros everywhere were hoping a first-of-its kind lawsuit would answer this question. 

What the heck is a Letter 226J? IRS’s new ACA enforcement comes at a terrible time

HR pros can be forgiven if they’re a bit skeptical about the IRS’ warnings to collect ACA employer mandate penalties. After all, they’ve been saying this for years without actually following through. But with the latest warning, the agency also included some proof that this time it’s for real.

Trump administration deals major blow to ACA contraceptive coverage regs

There’s no doubt the Trump administration’s latest move will weaken the Obamacare contraceptive coverage regs. There are, however, some major debates over just who is likely to be affected by such changes.

No vote, no repeal, no future plans: GOP abandons its ACA-killing efforts for the year

When Republicans decided not to vote on their latest incarnation of an ACA repeal — the Graham-Cassidy bill — they effectively abandoned any hope of repealing the health law in 2017.

Traditional cost control isn’t enough: 5 ways your peers are tackling health care now

While traditional strategies and plan design tweaks are still in play, employers everywhere are realizing they need to do more to fight the increasing costs of company sponsored health insurance.

IRS issues strong warnings about ACA compliance: Should HR be worried?

Despite lots of warnings, the IRS has yet to impose any non-compliance penalties on employers during the two years the ACA reporting provisions have been mandatory. And with all of the efforts to kill or water down Obamacare, many employers are wondering if they should even make ACA compliance a priority at all.

Another Senate failure leaves Obamacare repeal future in grave doubt

By the narrowest of margins, the Senate’s latest vote for a stripped down ACA repeal bill, which was dubbed a “skinny” repeal, was shot down. Now the GOP faces some tough questions about the likelihood of its “repeal-and-replace” efforts.

Is Obamacare repeal effort really dead?

It’s official: Less than a week after the Senate revealed their revised ACA replacement bill – the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to abandon efforts to get the bill passed.