Health Care Reform

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A set of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) issued by federal regulators on Jan. 24, 2013, will limit the use of employer-provided health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to fund employee purchases of individual (nongroup) coverage on government-run health care exchanges, scheduled to launch in 2014.

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February 1, 2013

One surprising result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) may be that lower-paid employees hope their employers will offer no or unaffordable health insurance, according to John Woyke, an attorney at Brody and Associates in Westport, Conn. That way, they’ll qualify for “pretty generous” subsidies to buy coverage on health care exchanges, he said during a Jan. 16, 2003, firm webcast.

Subsidy Eligibility

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January 24, 2013

Among the numerous Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) terms that have left employers scratching their heads, few are as puzzling as what constitutes “affordable” health care.

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January 16, 2013

Already-weary sponsors of group health plans must now prepare to calculate and pay yet another significant fee resulting from health care reform. On Dec. 7, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published in the Federal Register proposed regulations regarding the “transitional reinsurance program” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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January 8, 2013

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service published proposed Rules Relating to Additional Medicare Tax in the Dec. 5, 2012, Federal Register. The IRS also posted, in plain English, a Q&A for the additional Medicare tax.

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December 19, 2012

The Obama administration issued three new proposed rules to implement provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

The rules, released on Nov. 20, 2012, and published in the Federal Register on Nov. 26, pertain to guaranteed issuance of coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions; essential health benefits that nongrandfathered plans in the individual and small group markets will be required to cover; and an increase in maximum allowable wellness program incentives.

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November 28, 2012

A poll of U.S.-based HR managers conducted just after Election Day found that many respondents had delayed enacting health care plan changes required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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November 20, 2012

This summer's Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has employers scrambling to redefine "part time." Under the law, employees who work 30 or more hours a week will be considered full time and will be eligible for health care coverage. This requirement means companies with 50 or more full-time employees have to reassess their entire range of benefits.

"We are just planning the best we can," says Tyler Sanderson, director of total rewards at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

Uncommon Benefits

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November 16, 2012

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

More than half (55 percent) of U.S. employees default to their current benefit coverage for the coming year, instead of actively reassessing their plan options, according to a 2012 survey by HR consultancy Aon Hewitt. What many workers do not realize is that the old selection may not be the best option.

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October 26, 2012

Many health care reform law changes kick in during 2013 and 2014, assuming the law isn’t repealed or amended. Speaking Oct. 16, 2012, at Groom Law Group’s annual employee benefits seminar in Washington, D.C., attorney Christy Tinnes provided Pension Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) checklists for the next two years.

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New provisions highlights:

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October 25, 2012

More than half (55 percent) of U.S. employees default to their current benefit coverage for the coming year, instead of actively reassessing their plan options, according to a 2012 survey by HR consultancy Aon Hewitt. What many workers do not realize is that the old selection may not be the best option.

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October 22, 2012

Six in 10 U.S. employers that provide retiree health care coverage are considering alternative strategies for delivering this benefit in light of market changes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), according to newly released findings from a 2012 survey by HR consultancy Aon Hewitt.

Of those employers planning changes to their coverage, 63 percent are implementing or considering subsidized coverage through the individual market.

Health Care Reform's Impact

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October 11, 2012

On Aug. 30, 2012, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance on how to define a “full-time employee” under the employer responsibility provisions of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury also issued guidance on how the 90-day waiting period limit should be implemented for certain variable-hour employees.

Full-Time Employee

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September 19, 2012

Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted in 2010, health insurers have been preparing to operate in the new health insurance environment that begins in 2014—one that includes individual and employer-provided coverage mandates, guaranteed issue for coverage and health insurance exchanges.

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August 8, 2012

Employers opting to drop their health care plans in 2014 and pay the penalty imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will not benefit economically in the short or long term, a study published in July 2012 by Truven Health Analytics found.

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July 30, 2012

The New Health Care Reform Law: What Employers Need to Know (A Q&A Guide)

July 26, 2012

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

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July 20, 2012

Stay on track with health care reform's approaching deadlines, or risk paying the penalties.  

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July 16, 2012

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week. 

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July 13, 2012