Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Provisions, December 16, 2011
On December 16, 2011, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight released an EHB Bulletin providing information on how to define EHB under the Affordable Care Act.
W-2 Reporting, November 14, 2011
Starting in 2012, employers will be responsible for reporting to employees the total cost of their group health coverage on their W-2 forms under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Understanding and Comparing Summary of Benefits, August 17, 2011
New rules have been proposed under the Affordable Care Act that will require health insurers and group health plans to provide consumers with clear, consistent, and comparable information about their health care coverage.
Repeal of Certain 1099 Tax Reporting Provisions, April 28, 2011
The Federal Government has repealed certain 1099 tax reporting provisions including requiring businesses to use 1099 forms to report any payments to corporations totaling $600 or more in a calendar year to the IRS and hold individuals who receive real estate rental payments to the same reporting requirements as businesses with respect to reporting to the IRS payments over $600 made to a vendor.
Update: Changes to Appeals Process and Claim Notices, April 22, 2011
On March 18, 2011 the Department of Labor (DOL) released official guidance indicating the grace period for implementing certain changes to internal and external appeals provisions becomes effective on July 1, 2011 while others take effect on January 1, 2012.
Repeal of National Health Care Reform Free Choice Voucher, April 15, 2011
President Obama signed a bill repealing a provision that would have required employers to offer certain low-wage employees company-paid vouchers to use when buying coverage in state health insurance exchanges.
Small Business Tax Credit Guide, March 21, 2011
The federal government has set up a small business tax credit program to help small employers cover some of the costs of their employees' health insurance premiums. Use this guide to get additional information and see if you qualify.
NEW:Tools & Resources Section, March 2, 2011
The new Tools & Resources section provides a comprehensive collection of valuable information for employers to use when making decisions about national health care reform.
AskBlue Healthcare Reform, February 28, 2011
Developed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, AskBlue Healthcare Reform is an interactive tool that guides users through a series of questions that provide simple answers and explanations about the basics of national health care reform. Both individuals and employers can use this resource, and at the end of their experience, they will have the option to print or email a summary of the information they've reviewed.
Repealing National Health Care Reform, January 24, 2011
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' Deirdre Savage, Senior Director of Public Government and Regulatory Affairs, discusses the recent efforts of the House of Representative to repeal last year's health care law and what lies ahead for national health care reform.
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