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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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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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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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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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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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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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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August Health Wonk Review

Your research has been done for you today because if you are looking for the best minds on health policy then consider checking out the Health Wonk Review.  A Wonk is “an expert in a field, typically someone who is fairly young and very intelligent.”  The latest edition of Health Wonk Review was hosted by David Williams at the Health Business Blog and features the latest on insurance rates, the looming political showdown, healthcare costs and much more. 

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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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No Penalties for October 1st Notification

Businesses struggling to navigate the Obama healthcare law can breathe a sigh of relief.  October 1st is an important date for Affordable Care Act  (ObamaCare) implementation because it is when the new health insurance marketplaces will begin open enrollment.  There is also a soft compliance deadline causing confusion in the business community because many fear they will be penalized for non-compliance.

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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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Veto Power

The children have returned and have wasted little time in getting the country involved in another political staring match.  Do not act surprised because we have seen this happen before and the only people who suffer are those associated with the middle class and small business.  Both sides deserve equal blame and this political exercise is once again over the Continuing Resolution that was a result of no real action during the fiscal cliff and comparable events.

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