IRS Releases Regs on Employer Mandate and Health Discounts

As 2014 approaches, the final pieces to the Affordable Care Act puzzle continue to fall into place, and this week the latest piece involved how the discounts employers could provide for participation in wellness programs would affect the employer mandate. First, a review of the two concepts: The Affordable Care Act allows insurers and employers… Read more »

UPDATED: Author of Health Care Reform Expresses Concern Over Impact on Business

UPDATE: In a press release, Senator Baucus clarifies his train wreck remark to say that he did not in any way mean the law, but the Administration’s implementation and education. To say he is the author of the Affordable Care Act may be a slight exaggeration, but Senator Max Baucus was a major influence on… Read more »

Sebelius: Exchanges Will Open October 1, 2013

Testifying before the House Ways & Means Committee on Friday, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress that the federally-facilitated health care Exchanges will meet their October 1 deadline to be open to the public. All Exchanges are required to be operational beginning October 1, 2013, a scant five months away,… Read more »

Administration Releases New Rules on Navigators

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services released new regulations on Navigators, their roles in Exchanges, and the roles of non-Navigator entities.  In previous regulations, the administration had indicated that the creation of non-Navigator entities were an option to help facilitate enrollment in the Exchanges.  These regulations continue to define those entities as “non-Navigator… Read more »