Signs of trouble – and progress – as Obamacare 2019 open enrollment nears Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAYPublished 6:00 a.m. ET Aug. 19, 2019 | Updated 6:04 p.m. ET Aug. 19, 2019 Ashley Candler of Austin was able to get in-patient addiction and mental health treatment thanks to the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Candler) Read the full article…

IRS RELEASES NEW ACA ADJUSTED FEES FOR 2017 The IRS has released its adjusted figures for certain fees coming into the new year. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee being one of them. The fee was started under the ACA for advancements in comparative clinical effectiveness research, and while the fee increases have been Read the full article…

Employer health coverage at all-time high Photo: Getty Images Employers, for better or worse, are investing in more in health care for their employees, according to a new survey commissioned by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies and conducted by Harris Poll in August. The survey, which included 1,500 business executives across the country found Read the full article…

ACA penalties will cost more than health coverage for millions(Bloomberg) — The Affordable Care Act is about to test how well people respond to economic incentives. About 3.5 million Americans who are uninsured today could get health coverage in 2016 for less than what they’ll pay in penalties under the ACA, according to a new analysis. Read the full article…

August 11, 2015 Draft Instructions and Revised Draft 2015 Forms for IRS Reporting Requirements On August 7, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft instructions and revised draft 1095-B and 1095-C forms to be used for Affordable Care Act (ACA) Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) and Large Employer reporting in 2016. The IRS has posted the Read the full article…

IRS SECTION 6056 Q & A May 20, 2015   Today, the IRS released Q&As on Reporting of Offers of Health Insurance Coverage by Employers (Code Section 6056).  The Q&A’s include the following topics:   [1] Basics of Employer Reporting: Questions 1-4;   [2] Who is Required to Report: Questions 5-12;   [3] Methods of Reporting: Questions 13-17; Read the full article…

DOL RELEASES NEW FMLA FORMS May 27, 2015   The Department of Labor posted the new model FMLA notices and medical certification forms over the weekend, Their expiration date is May 31, 2018!   In the instructions to the health care provider on the certification for an employee’s serious health condition, the DOL has added the following simple instruction: Read the full article…

TAX INFORMATION IF YOU’VE RECEIVED A HEALTHCARE SUBSIDY Last year, 85% of ACA enrollees received government tax subsidies to make their health coverage more affordable.   Those individuals and families were granted subsidies based on their projected income for 2014, not their actual income. Now, they will need to report whether their actual income was higher Read the full article…

Compliance Update – 12/31/14: 2015 Index Figures – Year End Reminder As there have been recent updates to the 2014 Monthly Transit/Vanpool Limit and the 2015 Standard Mileage Rates, WageWorks is providing an updated listing of the cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) that apply to dollar limitations set forth in certain IRS Code sections. The Consumer Price Read the full article…

IRS NOTICE CHANGES MINIMUM VALUE CRITERIA The IRS released Notice 2014-69 which provides that health plans that fail to provide substantial coverage for in-patient hospitalization services or for physician services (or for both) referred to as Non-Hospital/Non-Physician Services Plan) do not provide the minimum value intended by the minimum value requirements for the employer mandate. Read the full article…