AHC Season Two

 

America’s Healthcare Challenge Episode 13 Recap

On this week’s episode an entertaining roundtable discussion on several items making headlines. Last week, the law made national news when information surfaced about a little known provision in the Act that requires Members of Congress and their personal staff purchase their health insurance from the new federal marketplace. But there is a catch, the law does not currently apply to those who actually wrote it, namely Committee and Leadership staff. Behind closed doors inside the Capitol they are scrambling to figure it out. Sean joined the Tom Becka program last week to discuss this issue. Give it a listen for an idea just how whacky this law is. Also on the program, a discussion on Medicaid expansion and potential rate shock many Americans could face next year at their renewal.

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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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Measuring Full-Time Equivalents

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Half of our job is dispelling myths about the Affordable Care Act.  One of the confusing things about this law is the difference between a full-time employee and a full-time equivalent. The important difference is one has to be offered health insurance and the other does not. A full-time employee is one who works more than 130 hours per month for 90 days under the law. A full-time equivalent is a person or persons who works 30 hours per week or 120 hours per month for 90 days.  Why is this important and how does this work?

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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 IRS Under Fire

Everybody’s favorite agency of the federal government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is under Congressional investigation and has the lowest approval rating and perception of trust in its 100-year existence.   The White House is dealing with a tri-fecta of scandals at the moment and this one has serious staying power.  The public has always been skeptical of this agency and this investigation will need to provide some clarity or the scandal will be exacerbated.

The accusation is unfair targeting of 501-C (4) political organizations based on political belief by exclusively targeting words like tea party or patriot in applications.   The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing last week and heads have already rolled.  The old commissioner was relieved of duty two months before they were scheduled to retire and the new boss was already been up on Capitol Hill answering questions.

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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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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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ACA Jeopardy

Are you an owner of a small business wondering what is in actually in the healthcare act?

The following are some things your business must first consider when trying to figure out how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact your situation. The time to act is now because the ACA has placed increased responsibility on certain employers to “pay or play” when it comes to offering employees health insurance.  Are you confused yet?

Your Obamacare summary begins now.

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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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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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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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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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