DC Council Approves Tax to Fund Health Care Exchange

The DC City Council on May 6 approved a new tax on all health-related insurance products sold in the District. The measure was passed as emergency legislation in order to contribute needed funding for DC Health Link, the city’s health insurance Exchange. The legislation will implement a 1 percent tax on all insurance premiums paid… Read more »

A First Look at the DC Health Exchange

Front page image of DC Health Link site

The District of Columbia is requiring all small employers (those with fewer than 51 full-time employees) to join their health Exchange by 2015.  In part because of the requirements, the District has aggressively kept to the federal government implementation timeline and, despite running into some computer glitches that could delay some benefits, has previewed what… Read more »

Vermont Insurers Post Exchange Health Care Rates

On April 3, Vermont became the first state in the nation to comply with the Affordable Care’s Exchange requirement to post upfront the cost of plans within the insurance marketplace.  Dubbed the “Vermont Health Connector”, the state’s Exchange now has examples and different options to help guide individuals and small employers through the tricky task… Read more »

Healthcare Reform and the Future of the Medical Device Industry

The final ruling on the Physician Payment Sunshine Act have been released from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this month and they include new reporting requirements. The new requirements are that companies record all interactions with physicians and report the data beginning on March 31, 2014. According to a MassDevice.com report,… Read more »

Immigration Reform and Healthcare

Immigration reform is beginning to take shape in the Senate, but one major issue has been left untouched: healthcare. According to a piece last week by Bill Toland in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there has been no discussion on if the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants will include eventual access to government programs, like Medicaid,… Read more »