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Aug 18
2016

Another ACA-Overhaul Bill is Proposed

In May, two Republicans, Representative Pete Sessions and Senator Bill Cassidy, released an ACA-overhaul bill proposal for “the Healthcare Accessibility, Empowerment and Liberty Act of 2016.”  Like the June release of Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” proposal, there is much skepticism about the feasibility of these healthcare bills moving forward.  Sen. Cassidy took last week’s Health Agents for America meeting as a chance to argue that there is hope that his ACA-overhaul bill could survive the Senate floor...

Aug 12
2016

Marketplace Exchange Notice Update

The late-June mass-mailing of Exchange Notices from federally run state Exchanges came with a ticking clock, and stated that employers had only 90 days to respond. As a reminder, these Notices were sent to employers of individuals who applied for Exchange-based coverage and were found to be eligible for advance payments of a premium tax credit or cost-sharing reductions for at least one month of 2016.

Jun 29
2016

Electronic ACA Information Returns due to the IRS This Week

If you are a self-insured employer, applicable large employer, or a health coverage provider that is electronically filing ACA Information Returns with IRS, this must be done by this Thursday, June 30.  This deadline was originally March 31, but the IRS extended it for this first year of filing only.  Future years’ filing deadlines will very likely be earlier in the year as the ACA Information Returns process become more standardized. 

Jun 15
2016

Screening Senior Executives

Leadership is more than a position or title; it is action and example. When companies rely on their senior executives to set strategic direction, galvanise employees and steer them towards success, appointing the right captain becomes mission-critical. This process begins with acquiring an accurate and in-depth understanding of the candidate’s background. 

It is a common misconception that candidates for a senior executive position would not stoop to falsifying or hiding information. In a perfect world, we could perhaps accept everything provided by a candidate at face value. In reality, however, discrepancies do exist. 

Jun 02
2016

Insurer Highmark Sues Federal Government for ACA Dollars

Pittsburgh based insurer Highmark alleges that it is owed nearly $223 million under the ACA. The lawsuit claims that the US government violated the ACA’s “risk corridor payment obligations,” a program created to help insurers cover potential losses from issuing policies on state Exchanges. Highmark’s suit, requesting the full risk corridor payments for 2014, sites the language of the ACA and Exchange Marketplace contractual language.

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