Blog Entries - tag: 'Healthcare reform'

Physicians Lack Tactics For Discussing Medical Costs

Posted on: May 23, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Wellness,

Healthy Affairs explores the dynamics between physician and patients when talking about finances. The study examines the question “are physicians prepared to help patients factor out-of-pocket expenses into medical decisions?” 

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Future For SCOTUS Still In Turmoil After Nomination

Posted on: March 18, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, chief justice of the U.S. court of appeals for the District of Columbia, to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. 

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Drug Coverage Changes With Continued Spending Hike

Posted on: February 17, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending, Employer based health benefits,

Spending on prescription drugs rose by 5.2 percent in 2015 and is projected to continue to climb, much faster than overall health spending, in the coming years. 

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Health Insurance Jargon Spurs Widespread Confusion

With a language all its own and processes that mystify even veterans of its industry, health insurance is a problem among consumers of all ages. 

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Insurers To Be Fined For Errors In Network Directories

Posted on: January 20, 2016 10:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending, Employer based health benefits,

New regulations now allow the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services to fine insurance companies for errors in Medicare Advantage plan directories and errors in plans sold on the federal marketplace.

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IRS Delays 2015 ACA Information Reporting Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for the Affordable Care Act Information Reporting for the tax year 2015. 

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Budget Deal Cuts Potential Health Law Tax Revenue

The sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed this month included three relatively modest changes to the Affordable Care Act. But both supporters and opponents of the law see them as momentous symbols of more permanent, potentially costly, changes to come. 

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Higher Deductibles Shift Health Costs To Employees

Posted on: November 30, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Health care spending, Small business, Healthcare reform,

In recent years, the rise in healthcare premium costs has slowed significantly. But many consumers have not felt the change, as expenses have shifted to plan members. 

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Drugmakers Pfizer And Allergan Merge For Tax Break

Posted on: November 27, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending,

Two of the pharmaceutical industry’s largest producers will merge into one powerhouse drug company in 2016. It’s a move largely, if not exclusively, motivated by tax. 

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SCOTUS Accepts Challenges To ACA's Contraceptive Mandate

The Supreme Court agreed again this month to review a part of the Affordable Care Act, this time considering cases from Christian institutions that say the arrangements the Obama administration created to accommodate their objections to insurance coverage for birth control are inadequate. 

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Dust Settles After Health Company Acquisition Race

Posted on: August 20, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending,

Now that the dust has begun to settle in the wake of these deals, analysts can begin to see what this will mean for the health insurance industry. 

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Supreme Court Upholds Insurance Subsides For All Americans

Posted on: June 25, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

The 6-3 ruling ensures Americans in all 50 states will continue to receive insurance premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. 

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Podcast Covers King v. Burwell Decision And Fallout

Posted on: June 11, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Sales talk with tom, Affordable care act,

By the end of this month, the Supreme Court will make its decision on the King v. Burwell case. This week, Tom Quigley talked about the court case during the biweekly podcast Cutting-Edge Benefits by ClaimLinx.

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Congress Passes First Joint Budget Agreement in 6 Years

Posted on: May 6, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending,

For the first time since 2009, Congress is in agreement on its fiduciary goals for the country. This month, the Senate passed a budget agreement, the first joint budget resolution to be passed in six years. 

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After Five Years With The ACA, Approval Is Low But Success Is High

The end of March marked the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law by President Barack Obama. 

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IRS Guidance Causes Confusion About ACA Requirements

Once again, the world of employer-provided benefits is swirling with confusion because of an additional guidance the Internal Revenue Service released on Feb. 18. Here's what you need to know about the guidance and your ClaimLinx plan's compliance. 

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IRS Will Not Penalize Those Who Received Incorrect Health Care Form

Posted on: February 24, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Tax tips, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

The Internal Revenue Service announced Feb. 24 it will not be collecting additional taxes from any taxpayers who filed after receiving incorrect information from the federal health insurance marketplace.  

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Supreme Court To Hear Challenge to Obamacare - What You Need To Know

Posted on: February 23, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

On March 4, the justices will gather to review the case King v. Burwell, which focuses on the federal subsidies in the form of tax breaks millions of Americans receive to afford their health insurance. 

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Tom Quigley Explains How To Use Tax Law To Save On Health Insurance

Business coach Laurie Althaus spoke to National Business Consultant Tom Quigley about what business owners can do to significantly cut health care costs using new — and some old — tax laws on her online radio show. 

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Breaking Down The Employer Mandate Tax Penalties

Posted on: January 22, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Tax tips, Affordable care act,

January 2015 marks the start of the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act for the companies with 100 or more full time employees. What some companies may realize is it could be more fiscally beneficial to accept the tax penalty and allow employees to go on the marketplace, where they can receive government subsidies. 

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Sales Talk With Tom - On Challenges in 2015

Posted on: January 22, 2015 10:10 am
Tags: Sales talk with tom, Healthcare reform, Tax tips,

Marketing Media and Communications Specialist, Whitney Faber, spoke to National Business Consultant, Tom Quigley, to discuss the difficulties ClaimLinx will face and its plans to overcoming them. 

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Report Shows Lacking Mental Health Services Coverage

Posted on: January 21, 2015 4:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Wellness,

A new report by the advocacy group Mental Health America suggests that despite the major strides in overall access to health insurance Obamacare has provided, getting affordable mental health services may still be a challenge. 

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Changes On Horizon For ACA Employer Mandate

Posted on: January 9, 2015 4:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

The GOP-dominated House of Representatives moved forward yesterday in its goal of redefining some of the key requirements in the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. 

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FAQs From Department Of Labor Raise Concerns

Posted on: December 18, 2014 2:00 pm
Tags: Affordable care act, Client service, Healthcare reform,

Last month, the Department of Labor issued Part 22 of its series of FAQs regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It raised some topics of concern for businesses with non-traditional health care plans.

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Obamacare's Employer Mandate and Impending Penalties

Posted on: November 11, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Healthcare reform, Affordable care act, In the news,

Tom Quigley, Vice President/ National Business Consultant, provides consulting services, and is in charge of recruitment and new business for ClaimLinx. Tom discusses Obamacare's Employer Mandate that states employers must offer health insurance that is affordable and provides minimum value to their full-time employees and their children up to age 26 or be subject to penalties beginning January 1, 2015.

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Insurers Prepare for Round Two as Health-law Marketplaces Reopen

Posted on: October 30, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Healthcare reform, Small business, Health care spending,

Health-law marketplaces will reopen on November 15, selling coverage to millions of Americans. Last October's debut of online exchanges was considered a disaster, preventing many people from buying plans. All in all, about 8 million succeeded in purchasing plans through the marketplaces.

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Employers Cut Back on Health Coverage While Healthcare Spending Rises

Posted on: October 23, 2014 9:50 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform,

An annual poll of employers, by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, shows the cost of employer health coverage increased about 4% last year, while the cost of employer coverage for an individual was up 2%. In 2013 and 2014, premiums for a family went up 4%. 

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Health Coverage to End without Proof of Citizenship

Posted on: October 14, 2014 9:00 am
Tags: Healthcare reform,

The Wall Street Journal announced mid-August that the Obama administration would cancel health insurance for nearly 310,000 people if they couldn't provide proof of U.S. Citizenship by September 5, 2014.

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August Sales Talk with Tom

Posted on: September 17, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Sales talk with tom, Healthcare reform,

Tom Quigley, Vice President/ National Business Consultant, provides consulting services, and is in charge of recruitment and new business for ClaimLinx. Today Tom is discussing the recent conflicting and somewhat confusing supreme court rulings regarding federal insurance subsidies.

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More than Half of Companies Considering Private Exchanges

Posted on: September 9, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform,

According to a recent survey by Prudential Financial, companies are open to making changes to their health care benefits, and may even consider eliminating them. Half of the companies surveyed said they would send their employees to private exchanges to purchase subsidized coverage.

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ClaimLinx is Easy to Work With

Posted on: September 4, 2014 10:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Our team,

We have recently developed a series of videos to help our members, clients, consultants, partners and prospects better understand the ClaimLinx solution.

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Some Still Lack Coverage Under Health Law

Posted on: September 2, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Healthcare reform, In the news,

Problems with Affordable Care Act (ACA) online registration have caused thousands of people who've purchased the health insurance to go without coverage, according to a Wall Street Journal article.  

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July Sales Talk with Tom Quigley

Posted on: August 13, 2014 8:10 am
Tags: Sales talk with tom, Healthcare reform

Tom Quigley, Vice President/National Business Consultant, provides consulting services, and is in charge of recruitment and new business for ClaimLinx. Today Tom is discussing the tax benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

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ACA and the Recent Hobby Lobby Ruling

Posted on: July 30, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Healthcare reform, Health care spending,

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby's religious-based opposition to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers must offer contraception insurance coverage to employees. 

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ACA Provides $3 Billion in Consumer Benefits

Posted on: July 10, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund Report, the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio (MLR) provision has paid consumers more than $3 billion in 2011 and 2012, through insurance company rebates and reduced health plan spending. Insurers with MLRs below the minimum must rebate the difference to consumers. 

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Getting Coverage Outside of Open Enrollment

Posted on: June 2, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

Now that the open enrollment deadline has passed (it ended on March 31, 2014), under what circumstances could someone still get health coverage this year?

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Section 105 Plans After Obamacare

This webinar is about Section 105 Medical Reimbursement Plans after Obamacare, created by Ed Lyon, a Cincinnati, Ohio Certified Tax Coach. The webinar contains timely information for employers and employees interested in reducing their medical expenses and tax burden.

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Another Affordable Care Act Mandate Delayed

Posted on: May 6, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Small business

The Obama administration in February announced that companies with 50 to 100 full-time workers have until 2016 to offer employees health insurance under Affordable Care Act rules. This follows a similar delay that changed the ACA insurance coverage deadline for employers from 2014 to 2015.

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The Right to Health Benefits

Posted on: April 18, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform

The healthcare debate in America has been arduous, from debates on Obamacare's effectiveness to medical and financial benefits for same-sex couples.

These issues have come to the center of the debate between Republicans and Democrats. The two parties continue to disagree on the success of the Affordable Care Act, and the benefits it brings to enrollees.

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Humana Sees Only 202,000 Insurance Exchange Enrollees

Posted on: April 14, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

Humana executives are disappointed in the current enrollment number of 202,000 from the state and federal insurance exchanges, according to an article in Modern Healthcare.

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Health Care Reform Law Dodges Another Bullet

Posted on: March 24, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

A recent federal court ruling clarified a potentially confusing portion of the Affordable Care Act that relates to employer responsibilities and federal tax subsidies for uninsured workers.

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Federal and State Healthcare Exchanges Performing Poorly

Posted on: March 13, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Healthcare reform, Sales talk with tom

Tom Quigley, Vice President/National Business Consultant, provides consulting services, and is in charge of recruitment and new business for ClaimLinx. Today he is discussing the poor performance of the Federal and State Healthcare Exchanges and its effect on consumers.  

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Americans are Paying More for Employer-based Insurance under Obamacare

Posted on: February 24, 2014 3:40 pm
Tags: Healthcare reform, In the news

According to Bankrate.com, 47% of Americans with employer-based health insurance say more money is being taken out of their paychecks each month for health insurance than a year ago, and 44% have higher out-of-pocket expenses. 

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2014 Tax Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

Posted on: February 1, 2014 12:30 pm
Tags: Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and Health Care and Education Tax Credits Reconciliation Act of 2010, comes new provisions and changes to the US tax code, creating tax implications for individuals and businesses.

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Health Coverage Premiums Rise Slowly Again this Year

Posted on: December 18, 2013 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform

Despite a relatively slow rise in costs again this year, premiums for employer health coverage reached above the $16,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey. 

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ClaimLinx Publishes, "How to Beat Obamacare"

Posted on: December 11, 2013 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

ClaimLinx publishes timely new book entitled, "How to Beat Obamacare"...

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The Health Care Overhaul - What You Need to Know

Posted on: November 25, 2013 1:00 pm
Tags: Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

The Affordable Care Act's financial protections and coverage requirements are likely to help older adults (50+) the most.  Here's why...

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Many State Health Insurance Marketplaces will Exceed Requirements

Posted on: October 28, 2013 12:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform

This October brought a monumental start for the country. With its first day, the health care marketplaces opened, and the largest, most complex aspect of the Affordable Care Act began. While there are problems to fix, the state-run health insurance marketplaces are poised for success, as they are expected to exceed minimum requirements by 2014.

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Obamacare May Require More Creative Savings

Posted on: September 20, 2013 9:00 am
Tags: Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

Controversy is swirling around the Affordable Care Act as the market exchanges open with the beginning of next month: Will it be more or less expensive? Will it work?

But one man is looking at a quirk in the system he thinks many may benefit from.

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