Category Archives: Health Care

2012 Expected To Bring Increased Enrollment, Lower Premiums & New Enforcement & Regulatory Challenges For Medicare Advantage Plans

Medicare Advantage enrollment will rise and premiums will decline in 2012. While plans can expect increased enrollment, the also face increasing challenges in managing the demands of increased government regulation under Health Care Reform and other new regulations, as well as rising governmental scrutiny of premiums and compliance.

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HHS Says Affordable Care Act Helped 1 Million Additional Young Adults Have Health Insurance

The Department of Health & Human Services is touting the Affordable Care Act as helping 1 million young adults get health coverage.  On September 21, 2011, HHS announced that data from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers … Continue reading

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Health Plans Should Begin Preparing For ACA Low Income Voucher Responsibilities

The Affordable Care Act will require employer sponsored plans to honor vouchers to help pay the cost of coverage for certain lower income individuals and children. Employers and their health plans will face new responsibilities to determine relevant family income, to … Continue reading

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IRS Guidance On Affordable Care Act W-2 Health Coverage Ccost Reporting Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service has released an advance copy of interim guidance implementing requirements that employers report to employees of the cost of their employer-sponsored group health plan coverage required under Internal Revenue Code (Code) § 6051(a)(14) of the Code, as enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Extended Grace Period For Some New Affordable Care Act Health Claims & Appeals Rules Gives Health Plans, Insurers Limited & Imperfect Relief

The Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services and Internal Revenue Service are extending a previously announced enforcement grace period under which the agencies will not take enforcement against health plans or health insurers that attempt to operate in good … Continue reading

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ONC Says Studies Prove Investment in Health IT Justified

Researchers from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and other Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) leaders are touting new studies they say show the benefits of investing in health information technology (health IT). Continue reading

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CMS Finalizes Allotments To States To Pay Medicaid Part B Premiums For Qualifying Individuals

Charts showing the final allotments made by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to States of funds to use to pay the Medicare Part B premiums for Qualifying Individuals (QIs) for the Federal fiscal year (FY) 2010 and the preliminary QI allotments for FY 2011 appear in the March 19, 2011 Federal Register.

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