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Group Planners Inc. Blog: 9_2017

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Now that the GOP efforts to repeal and replace ACA are apparently all but dead, there are signs of bipartisan efforts to secure and stabilize marketplaces. Bloomberg News (9/28, Edney, Litvan) reports that on Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he and Sen. READ MORE >>

Applicable Large Employers (ALE's) that which to comply with the affordability provision of ACA must use the 9.56% rate for plan years beginning in 2018.  The rate for plan years beginning in 2017 is currently 9.69%.  A plan year is essentially the start of your contract at renewal. READ MORE >>

The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) represents several hundred thousand insurance agents and agencies throughout the US.  NAHU is the preeminent organization for health insurance and employee benefits professionals. Earlier today they released the following statement regarding the failure of the Graham-Cassidy proposal. READ MORE >>

The Wall Street Journal (9/25, A1, Armour, Peterson, Subscription Publication) reports in a front-page article that the bill suffered what is probably a deadly blow on Monday. Since no Democrats are expected to vote for the measure, Senate Republicans could afford to lose only two votes and still be able to pass the measure. READ MORE >>

The Washington Post (9/24, A1, Sullivan, Cunningham, Phillip) reports on its front page that Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) plan to release a “revised version” of their bill today, which would give certain states represented by Republican Senators who have expressed opposition to the bill additional funding. READ MORE >>

Employers that are Applicable Large Employers (ALE) under ACA must distribute Form 1095-C to employees in January 2018.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published draft forms and instructions to help employers prepare for reporting on health coverage they offered to their employees in 2017. READ MORE >>

According to SELFFundingSuccess.com the answer to the “viable and financially appropriate” aspect is why so much emphasis is placed on prudent consideration, planning and selection of a TPA. Self-funding allows the savings that result from paying actual claim costs vs. READ MORE >>

Yesterday, The New York Daily News (9/18, Lovett) reported that on Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “became the latest potential 2020 presidential candidate to come out in support of a federal single-payer health care system.” He stated, “I think that would be a good idea. READ MORE >>

USA Today (9/18, Collins) reports that it remains unclear if the sponsors of the latest ACA repeal bill will have enough votes to pass it. On Monday, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said “Senate leaders have asked the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to produce an expedited analysis of” the measure. READ MORE >>

The Washington Post (9/17, Viebeck, Weigel) reports that Senate Republican leaders are reviving their effort to repeal the ACA by the end of the month and have asked the CBO to “fast-track” consideration of the “so-called Graham-Cassidy bill.” Democrats are reportedly taking the latest effort “seriously. READ MORE >>

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