WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 23: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) (L) listens during a news conference September 23, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Senate Democrats held the news conference to announce the implementation of provisions in the Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Today (September 23) is the six month anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  Beginning today, the following provisions from the law are in effect: For all health care plans: Insurers cannot deny coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. Insurers cannot place lifetime limits on benefits. Insurance… Read more »

The Senate reconvened briefly today to pass by unanimous consent a $600 million bill to increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border, but faces a much more crowded agenda when it returns from the August recess.

The IRS last week reminded tax-exempt employers about another provision in the health care reform bill that requires them to report the value of the health insurance coverage they provide on each employee’s annual Form W-2 beginning in tax year 2011.

According to the IRS, this reporting is for informational purposes only, to show employees the value of their health care benefits so they can be more informed consumers.