Friday, July 25, 2014

Health Care

Politico | IRS prepping for Obamacare employer mandate in 2015
The Obama administration signaled Thursday it’s not backing down from the controversial health law employer mandate that has been delayed twice and is the centerpiece of the House’s lawsuit against the president.
CNN Money | Thanks Obamacare! Check is in the mail for 6.8 million people
More than 6.8 million Americans will get a refund from their health insurer this summer. Total value of the rebates will be $332 million, with an average of $80 going to each family. They'll be issued by August 1.

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WSJ | A 2014 Health-Care Strategy: Freedom
Contradictory rulings this week by the D.C. and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals mean that ObamaCare will probably return to the Supreme Court. The crucial issue is whether the government can subsidize premiums for health insurance bought on federal exchanges, though the Affordable Care Act's plain language authorizes subsidies only for policies purchased on "an Exchange established by the State."
CRS | Private Health Insurance Market Reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148, as amended) establishes federal requirements that apply to private health insurance. The market reforms affect insurance offered to groups and individuals and impose requirements on sponsors of coverage (e.g., employers). In general, all of ACA's market reforms are currently effective; some became effective shortly after ACA was passed in 2010, while others are effective for plan years that begin on or after January 1, 2014.