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Posted May 30th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Unless or until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, the Individual and Employer Mandates remain intact, and earlier this month the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued some regulatory guidance pertaining to the two mandates for 2018.

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
One of the major issues at hand is whether the Trump administration will continue funding the cost-sharing reduction subsidies (CSRs), which are available to people who purchase coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace. If the CSR subsidy funding is eliminated, there will be a great deal of volatility added to the individual health insurance market, and here’s why. 
 
Posted May 16th, 2017 in Producers, Employers
The fifth installment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees will be due on July 31, 2017. As its name suggests, PCORI is a research institute, and it was created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve clinical effectiveness. It is partially funded by fees charged to health plans.
 
The following list contains information and some reminders about the upcoming PCORI fee that is due:
 
  • The fee is paid on the average number of covered lives for the plan year ending in 2016.
Posted May 9th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Democrats could literally be heard singing “Na, Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Goodbye” after House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act (ACA), a bill that aims to repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Why the heck would Democrats be singing this song since Republicans are one step closer to getting rid of their signature law? It turns out they were taunting House Republicans who they think won’t get reelected now that they voted to pass the AHCA.
 
Posted May 9th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-37 last week with information on the Health Savings Account (HSA) and qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP) limits for 2018.

These limits are updated annually and reflect cost-of-living adjustments.

HSA contribution limits

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in Producers, Employers
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), in combination with a qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP), are usually touted as a way to lower insurance premiums and pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses with tax-free dollars.