Subjecting retiree health care plans to the fee 'may lead employers to cease offering this very valuable benefit, particularly since such coverage would likely become more expensive by virtue of the application of' the fee, the American Benefits Council stated recently.Read More
A smaller reduction in the number of uninsured could negatively affect employers as the amount of uncompensated care—a cost that health care providers now try to shift in the form of higher charges to patients with health insurance—will not decline as much as providers had initially hoped.Read More
The findings are similar to those last month from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, which found that 85 percent of respondents said they definitely would or were very likely to continue coverage.Read More
While many employers have achieved acceptance, a new survey shows they do not have a strategy for complying with the law's 2014 provisions. One 'sleeper' issue: Medicaid expansion.
Nebraska U.S. District Judge Warren Urbom dismissed the lawsuit, declaring that none of the plaintiffs' arguments had sufficiently demonstrated the level of plausible direct impact needed to establish standing to challenge the requirement.Read More
With Democrats controlling the Senate, the bill is unlikely to advance further. In addition, if a repeal measure cleared Congress, President Barack Obama would veto it, the White House said this week.Read More
At least four federal agencies (the IRS, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and even the Department of Housing and Urban Development) are writing hundreds of pages of regulations that will apply as health care reform is implemented over the next six years.
The Senate did not take up the repeal bill and it is unlikely that the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority, would do so this time.
From the individual mandate provision to 'pay or play' rule, companies find it's time to deal with the bottom line.Read More