Healthcare Advisor

Department of Health & Human Services Moves to Delay Offer of Plan Choices for Small Firms

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule delaying by one year, until 2015, a requirement that government-run health insurance exchanges offer small businesses and their employees the opportunity to select among competing plans through health care reform’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). HHS cited administrative delays that will prevent the exchanges from meeting the original deadline for including SHOP options. The exchanges are intended to be available by October 2014 for plan year 2015. The proposed rule was published on March 11, 2013,... Read More

Senate Dems vote to repeal part of health care law.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It isn’t every day that more than half the Democrats in the U.S. Senate vote to repeal part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. That’s what happened Thursday night when the Senate voted 79-20 to repeal a 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices such as catheters, pacemakers and MRI machines. Thirty-three Democrats joined all 45 Republicans voting for an amendment by GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Maine Independent Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats, also... Read More

Supreme Court upholds Healthcare Law

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld today, June 28, 2012 the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. What does this mean for you and your business? The decision does not have an immediate impact on employers. Today’s decision means that work on the implementation of the healthcare reform continues according to the established timeline. The law does not take full effect until 2014. For a detailed timeline on healthcare reform provisions and their effective date please click here. While there continues to be a need for further work... Read More

Crédito Federal Tributario para las Primas del Seguro Médico

A partir del 2010, hasta 4 millones de pequeñas empresas que ofrecen cobertura médica a sus empleados pueden ser elegibles para el crédito federal tributario. Calcule las cantidades que se ofrecen a continuación para ver cuál puede ser su crédito tributario. Para calificar, una pequeña empresa debe: Tener menos de 25 empleados equivalentes a tiempo completo (conocido por sus siglas en inglés, FTE) Aportar salarios medios anuales por debajo de $50,000 por empleado equivalente a tiempo completo Contribuir al menos el 50 por ciento de la prima de cada empleado... Read More