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Posted August 1st, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The public insurance exchanges are expected to introduce a new way for individuals to obtain health insurance coverage next year. However, with the introduction of these exchanges comes a number of complexities and nuances. That includes the topic of premium payment processing and late payments.

Individuals that qualify for Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC) through the exchanges will have a portion of their premium subsidized by the federal government, but the balance of the premium will be their responsibility.    

Posted July 31st, 2013 in Producers

The Health Insurance Marketplaces, also known as the Exchanges, are supposed to be operational in two months. October 1, 2013 is the expected date when individual consumers and small businesses can start to enroll in coverage through the Exchanges for the 2014 calendar year. 

Guidance issued on May 1, 2013 confirms that producers will play a significant role in helping individuals and employers enroll in coverage through the Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges. 

Posted July 30th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The House of Representatives, controlled by the Republican Party, voted earlier this month to delay the Individual Mandate by one year. It voted 251-174 in favor of delaying the requirement for most individuals to obtain health insurance until January 1, 2015.

This marks the 38th time that the House has tried to repeal or scale back the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Posted July 29th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Exchanges are supposed to have verification systems in place to help determine if an enrollee has access to affordable health insurance coverage from their employer. Since the Employer Mandate reporting requirements are being delayed until 2015, the Exchanges won't have this verification system in place next year.

Instead the Exchanges will have to rely on self-reporting for this information in 2014.

Posted July 25th, 2013 in Employers, Producers

By this time you have probably already heard that the Employer Mandate has been delayed until 2015. In simple terms, no employer will be penalized in 2014 for failing to offer health insurance (or failing to offer affordable health insurance).

Here are 5 key ACA items for employers to know.

Posted July 10th, 2013 in Employers, Producers

The initial Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plan years ending after September 30, 2012 will be payable by July 31, 2013. Employers are required to pay this fee on plans that are considered to be self-insured.

Insurance companies will pay the PCORI fee on fully insured plans. However, the updated Form 720 in which the fees are paid gives the impression that employers are also responsible for this fee on fully insured plans.

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