Category: Health Reform

CBO Estimates Employer Mandate and Related ACA Delays To Cost $12 Billion

On July 30, 2013, the Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (“JCT”) raised their estimate of the 10-year net cost of the health insurance coverage provisions under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by $12 billion to $1,375 billion.  At the request of Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of […]

HHS Requests Information Regarding the Affordable Care Act’s Nondiscrimination Requirements

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, […]

U.S. House of Representatives Vote to Delay Employer and Individual Mandates

On July 17, 2013, the U. S. House of Representatives (the “House”) voted on two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”): the employer and individual mandates. The House voted 264-161 on H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, to delay the employer mandate for a year.  Additionally, the House voted […]

Administration Delays Implementation Of Employer Shared Responsibility Obligations Under Health Reform

The Obama Administration, through the U.S. Department of Treasury, recently announced that it was delaying implementation of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) for a year. Originally scheduled to go in effect on January 1, 1014, the shared responsibility provisions of the ACA would subject employers with 50 or […]

With the 1st Pick of the 2013 Draft, the Department of Health and Human Services Selects…

Like the success of a sports team, the success of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) depends on many factors.  However, one critical factor contributing to the success of ACA is the enrollment of individuals in the exchanges. In an effort to promote enrollment, the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

The Countdown until October

On June 19, 2013, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released two reports, Status of CMS Efforts to Establish Federally Facilitated Health Insurance Exchanges and Status of Federal and State Efforts to Establish Health Insurance Exchanges for Small Businesses, that collectively cast doubt on whether the health insurance exchanges (the “exchanges”) […]