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PPACA Reaches Second Anniversary Milestone Today: Celebration Short-Lived as U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Next Week

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. PPACA promised to provide high quality health insurance for all Americans. Whether this goal is being met today – or will be met in the future– remains questionable, especially in light of the upcoming challenges PPACA faces including the U.S. Supreme Court review and the need to fund many of the new programs.

Author: Michael Gomes

U.S. Supreme Court Gets Ready to Review Legality of PPACA as Qualifications of Two Justices Questioned: Full Court Likely to Hear Case

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court denied a motion by Freedom Watch arguing that Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from hearing the upcoming challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The law, often referred to as the “Affordable Care Act,” will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court later this year. 

Author: Michael Gomes

PPACA’s Public Relations Challenge & Opportunity: Keeping Consumers Informed

When Congress was considering the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in the spring of 2010, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made this now-famous statement: “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."[1] Although many poked fun at Pelosi’s gaffe at the time, the reality is that she was right. We are still finding out what is in PPACA, even 18 months after its passage. Above all, the on-going regulatory process has perpetuated this journey.      

Author: Michael Gomes

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Rules PPACA's Mandate to Buy Health Insurance Unconstitutional: Decision Leads to a Split in Federal Appellate Courts

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has declared the ‘individual mandate’ to purchase health insurance unconstitutional, which is a core element of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA). Two out of three judges found the mandate that forces individuals to purchase health insurance represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

Author: Michael Gomes

Repeal of PPACAs Free Choice Vouchers Offers Some Relief

Last month, President Obama signed into law a budget resolution (H.R. 1473) to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year.[1] As part of the compromise to get the federal deficit under control and to limit the financial drain felt from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the budget resolution authorized $38 billion in funding cuts from existing and planned federal programs.

As a result, a key PPACA reform element -- the Free Choice Voucher Program -- also was defunded.[2]  Many healthcare and economic policy experts are breathing a sigh of relief. 

Background

Author: Michael Gomes

Repeal of PPACA’s Free Choice Vouchers Offers Some Relief

Last month, President Obama signed into law a budget resolution (H.R. 1473) to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year.[1]  As part of the compromise to get the federal deficit under control and to limit the financial drain felt from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the budget resolution authorized $38 billion in funding cuts from existing and planned federal programs.

As a result, a key PPACA reform element -- the Free Choice Voucher Program -- also was defunded.[2]  Many healthcare and economic policy experts are breathing a sigh of relief. 

Author: Michael Gomes

President Signs into Law Repeal of PPACA’s 1099 Filing Requirement

In a rare bipartisan moment, President Obama signed into law on Thursday [GC1] the repeal of the new 1099 filing requirement, which was initially mandated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). [1]One of the more controversial provisions of PPACA, Section 906 created a new obligation for corporations to file a 1099 on each business transaction of $600 or more and to provide the payee with a copy. [2] This statutory obligation was more fully developed in §6041 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Author: Michael Gomes

Correction: Republican Gains Will Likely Impact How Health Care Reform Is Implemented; But Repeal Unlikely

Regarding yesterday’s post, BenefitMall incorrectly posted the newly-elected Republican Governor of Florida. We have updated the information on the blog to show the correct name of the Republican Governor, Rick Scott.

Further, the previously mentioned Marc Rubio of Florida, who is part of the Tea Party movement, will be an addition to the conservative Republican Senators insuring the Senate Democratic leadership will have a more difficult time picking up Republican support to pass any controversial legislation similar to what happened last spring with healthcare reform.  With 39 year-old Rubio’s convincing win in Florida, rumors already are spreading that he might be a contender to run for the U.S. Presidency one day.  He will be one of many new Congressional members worth watching over the next several years. 

We apologize for the any confusion related to our earlier post.

Author: BenefitMall

Republican Gains Will Likely Impact How Health Care Reform Is Implemented; But Repeal Unlikely

During the last few months, the Republican Party has made opposition to President’s Obama’s health care overhaul a central theme in its push to take back the U.S. Congress. While not all of the election returns are final, based on November 2 initial results, change is definitely in the air. 

Clearly, some recent headlines are hard to ignore such as “Republicans take over the U.S. House of Representatives” or “Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) loses bid for reelection to Republican Ron Johnson.”   Several other democratic veterans also lost their jobs last night. 

State Action

Yet behind the headlines, the fate of health care reform may actually depend more on the outcome of relatively less well-known state races across the country – especially for the offices filled by state insurance commissioners and state legislators.    

Author: Michael Gomes

Keeping Your Current Plan? Unlikely Under the New Set of Restrictive Regulations

One of the promises President Obama made when pushing through health care legislation was that anyone happy with their plan would get to keep the plan they are on. This includes everyone from those on individual plans to those on group plans.

In other words, everyone would be grandfathered into their current plans if they so choose. In this case, a grandfathered plan refers to group coverage or a health insurance issuer in which an individual was enrolled on March 23, 2010.

Author: Bernard DiFiore
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