Monthly Archives: June 2013

Transitional Reinsurance Fees: A Broad Overview

The PPACA established two new programs, both of which are accompanied by new fees. The relatively small PCORI fee of $1 per covered life is due on July 31 of this year for plan years that end after October 1, 2012—the form … Continue reading

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HealthCare.gov is Operational

On June 24, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a newly redesigned website that is meant to educate consumers on the novel health care options being created through the implementation of the PPACA. To supplement the website’s educational … Continue reading

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Independent Contractors: Financial Trap for Employers?

Most employers are now aware of the fact that the PPACA’s “play or pay” provisions will soon be implemented. These provisions require large employers to provide full-time employees with health insurance. Some employers may hope to reclassify employees as independent … Continue reading

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NLC and AGRiP Fight for Public Entity Health Pools

On June 21, 2013, the IRS conducted a public hearing on proposed rules regarding the Health Insurance Providers Fee (the “§ 9010 fee”).   The § 9010 fee is an annual fee starting in 2014 for covered entities engaged in the … Continue reading

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Federal Government Permits States to Manage SHOP Exchanges Independently of Individual Exchanges

On June 14, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Program Integrity: Exchange, SHOP, Premium Stabilization Programs, and Market Standards.” The proposed rule addresses many outstanding issues that must be resolved … Continue reading

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Indiana Congressmen Lead With Proposed PPACA Changes

Two Indiana Congressmen are in the news for their efforts to make changes to the PPACA. Both Congressmen are working to amend the PPACA to limit the burden of the PPACA shared responsibility penalty upon employers. Senator Joe Donnelly, a … Continue reading

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COBRA Continuation Coverage: Have You Updated Your COBRA Election Notices Yet?

On May 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) released changes to the COBRA Model Election Notice. The new model notice will inform “qualified beneficiaries” about the PPACA’s establishment of government-run health care exchanges. Open enrollment for the exchanges should … Continue reading

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