News & Articles

New ACA Legal Battle Could Affect Individual and Employer Health Coverage

Posted on Tue, Jul 10, 2018

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been controversial since it was enacted in 2010. The latest legal attack calls into question whether insurance carriers will still be required to issue coverage to individuals without regard to pre-existing medical conditions, and the degree of pricing flexibility that carriers will have based on the demographics of a covered group.

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Tags: Health Insurance, Changes in ACA, ACA, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)

Affordable Care Act Planning Webcast

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2016

Wondering if your company is subject to the Affordable Care Act? This webinar, presented by Benjamin Conley, gives an overview of employer responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act. This includes:

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Tags: Employers, ACA, Small Business, Small Employer, large organization

Employer Penalty Alert for Reimbursing Employee Health Coverage

Posted on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established a number of so-called "market reform" restrictions on employer-provided group health plans, starting with plan years beginning in 2014. These restrictions generally apply to all employer-provided group health plans -- including those furnished by small employers with less than 50 workers. Even worse, there's a punitive penalty for running afoul of the market reform restrictions. The penalty, under Internal Revenue Code Section 4980D(b)(1), equals $100 per-day per-employee, which can amount to up to $36,500 per-employee over the course of a full year. Yikes!

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Tags: Tax, Healthcare, EHTC Article, IRS, ACA, Newsletter, Articles, Affordable Care Act

Get Ready for Upcoming Affordable Care Act Compliance Deadlines

Posted on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Just around the corner is an immediate deadline imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), November 5, 2014. Fortunately that is not a difficult one to fulfill. The requirement is to get a "health plan identifier number," or HPID. Small plans -- those through which less than $5 million flows in a year, have a November 5, 2015 deadline. The requirement pertains to the government's desire to simplify HIPAA compliance monitoring. For that, you will need to consult with an accounting professional for details.

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Tags: Healthcare, EHTC Article, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Healthcare Law, Health Insurance, IRS, ACA, Newsletter, Articles, Affordable Care Act

Conflicting Court Rulings involving ACA Tax Subsidies in Some States

Posted on Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Two new court decisions reached opposite conclusions about whether individuals in states that do not operate their own health insurance exchanges are eligible for the premium assistance tax credit under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here is what you need to know about the controversy.

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Tags: Healthcare, EHTC Article, Healthcare Law, Health Insurance, Tax Credit, Court Opinion, ACA, Newsletter, Articles, Taxes

New Rules Ease Limits on Dental, Vision Plans

Posted on Mon, Jan 27, 2014

The reach of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not unlimited. The law itself creates exceptions from key requirements for certain benefits, referred to as "excepted" benefits. Keep reading to learn more information about new proposed regulations related to these exceptions as well as to learn about a new category known as "wraparound benefits." 

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Tags: Healthcare, EHTC Article, Dental Coverage, Vision Plans, Wraparound Coverage, ACA, CPA Firm, Echelbarger

Time to SHOP for a Health Plan? IRS Fine Tunes the Tax Credit

Posted on Thu, Oct 24, 2013

The IRS recently issued proposed regulations fine-tuning the rules governing the healthcare tax credit available to certain small employers, beginning in 2014. The Affordable Care Act contains a credit of up to 50% of premiums for eligible employers. Keep reading to learn what the new proposed regulations add to the mix. 

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Tags: Tax Credit, Small business Health Option Plan, IRS, ACA, CPA Firm, Echelbarger, EHTC