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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.

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.

Senate’s revised Obamacare repeal bill: What’s different and is it enough?

After failing to garner enough support for a vote before the July 4th recess for the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 — aka the ACA repeal bill — the Senate went back to the lab and made some changes. Now the revised bill is out, and HR pros are anxiously waiting to see what […] [MORE]

Senate’s new ACA repeal bill: What’s different from the House version?

Want to discuss the Senate’s new “discussion draft” of its ACA repeal bill with upper management but don’t have time to sift through the 142-page document? We’ve got you covered.

How your minor health incentives can leave you wide open to major legal trouble

Chances are your company offers employees some type of health-improvement program.