Tag Archives: ACA

As the enrollment season opens, brokers take on bigger role






The Affordable Care Act’s second annual open enrollment period started today, but the big news this past week was the administration’s relatively low expectations. After a better-than-expected initial enrollment period last year, the Obama administration lowered its estimates for this … Continue reading






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HPA Publishes New Whitepaper






HPA is excited to announce the release of its new whitepaper “Health Insurance Options for Small Employers.” This 12-page document was written to help health insurance agents and brokers who work with small employers provide their clients with some real … Continue reading






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Premium Tax Credits – Nothing’s Final Yet






Obviously, everyone’s concerned – and righfully so – about Tuesday’s 2-1 ruling by the D.C. Court of Appeals that the IRS overstepped in saying that premium tax credits may be provided through the federally-facilitated exchange site (Healthcare.gov). But don’t panic … Continue reading






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Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby






In what some are calling a “startling” ruling, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby’s objection to the contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The ruling, which recognizes the religious rights of “closely held” corporations, … Continue reading






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Calculating the Premium Cap % for a Given Income Level






We received an interesting question from one of our partners yesterday, so we thought we’d share the answer with you. His question was: How can I determine the maximum premium as a percent of income an individual or family would … Continue reading






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Monthly Premium Amounts for Silver-Level Plans






In yesterday’s blog post, we showed a graphic from the new HHS report on Premium Affordability, Competition, and Choice in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Here’s another: This table shows the maximum amount an individual at various income levels would pay … Continue reading






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New HHS Secretary Burwell Confirmed by Senate






In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the Senate voted to confirm the next HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, by a vote of 78-17. 24 republicans, who join democrats in praising Ms. Burwell, voted to approve her for the high-profile position. … Continue reading






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Employer Paperwork Could Discourage Group Coverage






The employer mandate was supposed to encourage large employers to offer or to continue to offer health coverage to their employees, and the threat of penalties for failure to comply with this requirement will certainly be incentive enough for some … Continue reading






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More Interesting Enrollment Data






Following last week’s release by HHS of the enrollment numbers for the initial annual open enrollment period, carriers are beginning to chime in with their own enrollment statistics. One major carrier, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, which is owned … Continue reading






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President Obama apologizes for the misunderstanding






On the same day that HPA conducted a coaching call about the policy cancellations that have been the focus of so much media attention in the past couple weeks, President Obama apologized to Americans who are receiving cancellation notices from … Continue reading






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