Pay or Play Delay

In a shocking development, the Obama Administration announced it will be delaying the controversial employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act until 2015.  This section has received significant pushback from the business community because it requires businesses with more than 50 full-time equivalents to offer health insurance coverage or face a series of penalties.  The delay will give employers another year to figure things out and punts the mandate until after the 2014 election.

Assistant Treasury Secretary Mark Mazur wrote on the department’s website

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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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Exchange and SBC Notification

You may remember the first compliance requirement in the law for businesses was to begin in March of 2013.  The feds delayed it because they did not know what to tell people.  Here is an update we found.  According to the Department of Labor’s website more information will come out this summer.  They now say:

“The Department’s commitment to a smooth implementation process includes providing employers with sufficient time to comply and select an applicability date that ensures that employees receive the information at a meaningful time. The guidance further stated that the Department expects the timing for distribution of notices will be the late summer or fall of 2013, which will coordinate with the open enrollment period for the Marketplace.”

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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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Pay or Play?

The President discussed healthcare reform implementation at length during his news conference last week and this is critical for your business because he directly mentioned the new exchange application and this document alone could trigger penalties for applicable large employers (those over 50).  Those who are in favor of Obamacare repeal often cite this part of the law.  It has caused significant heartburn for businesses of all sizes.

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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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We Are E.D. Bellis

E.D. Bellis is a healthcare consulting company in Omaha specializing in assisting businesses impacted by the ACA.  They offer reliable and actionable information, analysis, recommendations and facts about Obamacare in common language.

We are the “canary in the coal mine” of healthcare reform says Sean McGuire, the company’s founder.  Sean was there when the bill was being built as a health research assistant working for the Senate Finance Committee and has been working on the ACA for over five years.

E.D. Bellis was founded in 2011 and has been assembling a diverse and talented staff with experience in health insurance, employee benefits, communications and marketing.  E.D. Bellis was founded to help you navigate this maze.

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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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ACO Final Rule

Accountable Care Organization Final Rule Released An important final rule was released today by Administration officials on a key concept, Accountable Cares Organizations, that garnered bi-partisan support during the health reform debate. Both parties believe in delivery system reform, but have alternative approaches in doing so. An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a network of…