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Jun
26
2019 ‘Pay or Play’ Affordability Percentage Set at 9.86%
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Percentage Up from 2018

Under the employer shared responsibility (“pay or play”) provisions of the Affordable Care Act, applicable large employers—generally those who had 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees)—may be subject to a penalty if they do not offer affordable coverage that provides minimum value to their full-time employees and their dependents. For plan years beginning in 2019, the Internal Revenue Service has announced that…

Aug
16
Companies offer wider variety of voluntary benefits
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article in Employee Benefit Adviser

Companies are offering employees a wider variety of voluntary benefits, experts said. Popular options include help paying for pet care if someone is hospitalized, long-term-care coverage and concierge health services.

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https://www.employeebenefitadviser.com/news/how-group-voluntary-benefits-are-changing

Aug
14
House conservatives petitioning for vote to repeal the ACA without replacement
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article in Washington Post

House Freedom Caucus members, with support from conservative activists, have drafted a petition calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to bring a repeal-only version of a bill to eliminate the Affordable Care Act to a vote when lawmakers return from their six-week recess. Advocates of the bill say the Republicans have been meeting with voters who are angry about their failure to repeal the ACA. The repeal bill, which would not go into effect until the end…

Aug
11
Poll: Most Americans want to see government make ACA work
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article in Kaiser Health News

More than half of Americans say they view the Affordable Care Act favorably, close to 80% say they want the Trump administration to try to make it work, and nearly 60% say Congress should take a bipartisan approach to improving the law, according to a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey found 21% of Americans overall and 49% of Republicans want the GOP to continue to work a repeal and replace plan.

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Aug
09
Lawmakers look to expand Medicare eligibility
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article in BenefitsPro.com

Eight Democratic senators have co-sponsored a bill that would let Americans ages 55-64 purchase Medicare coverage, while a bill poised for introduction in the House would permit people 50 or older to buy in to Medicare, charging them as little as $8,212 a year.

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http://www.benefitspro.com/2017/08/07/democrats-introduce-medicare-expansion-at-age-55

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