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Posted September 21st, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The so-called Individual Mandate has been considered a widely unpopular provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which most Republicans want to repeal and even several Democrats want to change. As members of Congress talk about the various ways the ACA could be modified or improved, options to change the Individual Mandate are being explored.  
 
Posted September 5th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
No, this article is not about the potential of the age rating ratio changing from 3:1 to 5:1. It’s about a different change that is actually going to happen in the individual and small group markets in 2018.
 
First, what is the age rating ratio? 
 
Posted August 30th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
In September, Senators will return to Washington D.C. from their August recess. Almost immediately, they’ll begin taking up health care (again), but this time Democrats and Republicans will jointly consider changes. 
 
Posted August 8th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
We all know that efforts by the Republican party to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have failed up to this point. It’s unknown what healthcare legislation, if any, will ever get through both chambers of Congress and into the hands of President Donald Trump to sign into law. That will remain a mystery for the foreseeable future, but passing a law isn’t the only way the ACA can be altered. There is also regulatory action that can occur. 
 
Posted August 3rd, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Effective as of July 1, 2017, the State of Illinois has increased the individual income tax rate to 4.95 percent from 3.75 percent. Also, the corporate rate has increased to 7 percent from 5.25 percent. These increases were included as part of the state’s new budget. Illinois had previously gone 736 days without a budget.
 
Posted July 28th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Well, after several months of debate, it appears you can keep your Obamacare plan and everything else that comes along with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
 
On Tuesday, the Senate voted favorably on a motion to proceed with the debate over a repeal and/or replacement of the ACA. This was a significant procedural step necessary to pass a bill in the Senate. 
 
Posted July 24th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Senate Republicans may vote as early as Tuesday on a bill that would repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but there are still a couple of unknowns. 
 
Posted July 18th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Senate Republicans introduced the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) last month which would repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It’s been amended two times since it was released and is now in its third version. The latest changes were released on July 13th and include the following updates:
 
Posted July 3rd, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
It appears crunch time is nearing for Senate Republicans who want to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While there is no official deadline to pass legislation that would alter the ACA, the artificial deadline is the end of July.
 
Posted June 20th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
President Donald Trump held a party in the White House Rose Garden to celebrate the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the House of Representatives (House). President Trump touted the House bill as being an “incredible health care plan.” The AHCA is now under consideration by the Senate, and in a closed-door meeting held with several Republican Senators last week, President Trump allegedly said the current version of the AHCA is too “mean” and needs to be “more generous.” 
 
Just how "mean" is the AHCA, and who is it "mean" to?