Flirtin’ With Disaster?

Molly Hatchet fans pay attention.  The IT testing for the new health insurance marketplaces is two months behind schedule and we are within two months of open enrollment.  One side is exploring taking the financing out of the law while the other plans to campaign on the issue in 2014. Nobody is talking about the fact that the feds have been working on this thing for three years and millions of consumers are expecting a benefit soon. Still  there remains no bi-partisan effort to fix anything.  Is this thing flirting with disaster?

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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Fall Brawl?

As we approach football season prepare yourself for a big showdown in the fall.  The Obama Administration and their allies huddled to come up with the best approach for enrolling 2.7 million people into the new insurance marketplaces beginning October 1st. Republicans continue their ardent opposition by voting for the 40th time to repeal ObamaCare and to delay other parts of the law including this new data hub they contend will be like a giant router.  I wonder how many times it will have to be reset like mine. 

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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ACA Stabilization Period

The two officials in charge of implementing the most important parts of the Affordable Care Act appeared on Capitol Hill today for a hearing in front of the House Ways and Means Committee. Republicans called it “oversight” while one Democrat referred to it as an “inquisition.” The House is clearly partisan but there was important information covered.  Congress will be taking five weeks off to go back to their constituents and leaving only 12 real legislative days before open enrollment begins.  Will they be in for another round of “town hell” meetings like in 2009?

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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Cardio Entertainment

Active is in America so listen to AHC on your next walk or power through your work day with all the shows and segments on our Sound Cloud page.  The app is free so follow us now.

These segments will help pass the time on your next walk or run.  Begin by educating yourself on lively segment where callers tried to win free lunch in the new “Stumping Sean” segment. What are the latest headlines you need to be aware of and how to you protect your business from this expansion of federal power?  Like us on Facebook to find out all of the answers to your questions and much more on this entertaining episode of AHC.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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The Heat Is On

The only thing hotter this week than the weather is a printing press at a federal office building.  The White House is stepping up its efforts to promote the law and states are coming up with creative advertising strategies to enroll people in the new exchanges this fall.  Meanwhile, a mini regulation dam burst July, 2013 with several pages of critical regulations being released since the White House quietly announced the one year delay of the employer mandate over the 4th of July recess. 

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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New Exchange Guidance

HHS releases final rule on insurance exchanges.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing standards for insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.   In a proposed final regulation released on Friday, June 14th 2013 the feds outlined these new programs.  Understanding how they work is important because they will be the place where individuals small companies can purchase health insurance once fully implemented.  They must also become a part of your vocabulary as a small business owner because they are the mechanism that could trigger penalties for businesses over 50 not offering acceptable coverage according the ACA.

What is a health insurance exchange aka marketplace?  Click this video for an explanation in less than one minute and listen to this segment of America’s Healthcare Challenge for a comprehensive breakdown.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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Sen. Grassley on Healthcare Reform Implementation

U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) is one of the most influential Members of Congress and was the person Sean worked for during his time in Washington. In his capacity in the Senate, Mr Grassley has served as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee where he was a principal author of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit and he was also a lead negotiator for health reform before it took a partisan turn.  As the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee during the passage of the Affordable Care Act he was a lead negotiator of the law and knows it well.  He also is close friends with Senator Baucus (D-MT) who was his partner on the Committee and recently made headlines for suggesting implementation of the law is a train wreck.  Mr. Grassley joined Sean McGuire on America’s Healthcare Challenge.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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Five Can’t Miss Segments From AHC

Active is in, America.  Listen to this week’s episode of America’s Healthcare Challenge with Sean McGuire featuring the latest from inside the beltway on the  IRS scandal and how it will apply to ACA implementation. If you are short on time and looking for the facts about Obamacare and it’s implementation check out AHC.  Follow us on Twitter @AmericasCanary for the latest.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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A Few Facts About Obamacare

 

Are you short on time and looking to educate yourself with some of the facts about Obamacare?  Here are a few items you need to know right now.

30 Is the New 40

A small, but important, detail for employers to understand is how a full-time employee is classified under the ACA.  The answer is that a full-timer works 30 or more hours per week over a period of 90 days.  In the U.S., the 40-hour work week has long been a standard for full-time, but not anymore.  Remember, under the ACA, 30+ hours is full-time, not 40.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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Who Are the Uninsured?

A person is considered uninsured in America if, for various reasons, they go three months or more without coverage.   Below are some common characteristics to make it easier to determine whether or not an individual is uninsured.  Remember, covering the 46 million uninsured in the U.S. healthcare system was the main focus of the Affordable Care Act.

•Employment is an important variable, particularly when looking at employment by industry, firm size and income of the worker. Seasonal and lower wage companies are less likely to offer insurance.  Employees of small and blue collar workforces are more likely to be uninsured because they likely cannot afford the cost of coverage.  Smaller companies are also less likely to offer insurance.  Coincidentally, these are the same industries facing challenges under this law.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America's Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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