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CRS Releases Report on AHCA

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Last week, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was passed on May 4, 2017 by the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: AHCA , American Health Care Act , CRS , Congressional Research Service , HR 1628 , H.R. 1628 , health care reform , repeal and replace

House Passes AHCA by Narrow Margin

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The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was passed in the House of Representatives today by a narrow margin vote of 217-213.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: AHCA , House , Health Care Reform , Congress

EBRI Releases Survey on Workplace Benefits

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The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)/Greenwald & Associates Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey released this month “examines a broad spectrum of health care issues, including workers’ satisfaction with health care today, their confidence in the health care system and the Medicare program, and their attitudes toward benefits in the workplace”.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: EBRI , health insurance , ACA , health care reform , benefits , employment-related benefits
Late on Friday March 24, 2017, facing certain defeat in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump asked Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) to pull the legislation rather than see it defeated in the House.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: AHCA , GOP , Health Care Reform , Ryan , Trump
Last week, Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Health Savings Act of 2017, S.403. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Eric Paulsen (R-3rd MN). The legislation would expand the use of HSAs by broadening eligibility rules, increasing maximum contribution limits and widening the universe of expenses that could be reimbursed from HSAs. The legislation also contains provisions pertaining to the interaction between HSAs, FSAs and...
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: HSA , HRA , FSA , Health Savings Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Care Reform

Proposed Revisions to SBC

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The Department of Labor has released proposed revisions to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) materials and template. Final regulations were released in June of 2015, with the expectation that the new template and revised materials would be finalized in Spring of 2016 for use with plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. Some of the changes to the template include the addition of a question—“Are there services covered before you meet your deductible?,” the requirement th...
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS , SBC , Health Care Reform , DOL
With several key Health Care Reform provisions scheduled to take effect in 2014, especially the option for employees to purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace in each state, regulators have some concern that employers might retaliate against employees who purchase Marketplace-based coverage and receive a premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Health Care Reform
On August 19, 2011, the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) released guidance regarding application of the existing annual limit waiver criteria – required by health care reform – to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). The guidance exempts HRAs from having to apply individually for waivers from the restrictions on annual limits applicable to plan years beginning before January 1, 2014.
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Categories: | Tags: Health Care Reform , HRAs , Waiver , Annual Limits
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