The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) agreed to review provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by granting petitions for writs of certiorari yesterday, November 26, 2013. Specifically, SCOTUS will review the provisions that require large employers to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services.
As President Obama responds to healthcare.gov’s glitches, many states continue to debate whether to expand the Medicaid program in their respective states. The Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) allows states to opt out of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion provisions. Many states have stated their Medicaid expansion plans definitively; however, not all […]
The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, recently announced partnerships with pharmacies to increase enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which is scheduled to open for enrollment on October 1, 2013. According to the announcement, these pharmacies will “take an active role in outreach and education to […]
On August 27, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the U.S. Department of Treasury (the “Treasury Department”) released a final rule, Shared Responsibility Payment for Not Maintaining Minimum Essential Coverage, (the “Final Rule”), which was published in the Federal Register today, to implement the individual shared responsibility provision provided for under […]
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced today that it awarded $67 million in grants to 105 navigator grant applicants. The navigator program was created under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in an effort to provide unbiased information about health insurance options. Specifically, navigators will serve as an in-person resource for […]
On August 1, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding the nondiscrimination provisions set forth in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). This Section prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, […]