National Individual Mandate Expires in 2019, DC Retains Individual Mandate

Beginning 2014, the ACA (Affordable Care Act) required all Americans to join a health insurance plan or pay a tax penalty. The penalty for not carrying health insurance in 2018 is $695 per person or 2.5% of total household income, whichever is greater.   Part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December 2017 eliminates the... Read More

And a Side Order of Health and Wellness?

  Since 2014, some restaurants in cities across the country have been adding a surcharge to patrons' bills: a healthcare or health and wellness charge.  Restaurants in Los Angeles in 2014 began adding a 3% healthcare surcharge, to draw patrons' attention to the rising costs of employee healthcare.  Unfortunately, not all monies in San Francisco were making it to employees'... Read More

Unhealthy America

The Urban Institute released a healthcare proposal on May 14th, to expand upon the Medicare Program and ACA Marketplaces.  The Healthy America program “combine improved financial assistance, an improved public program with a broad provider network, provider payment rate caps to boost insurer participation and counteract the monopoly power of health systems in some areas, autoenrollment for very low-income... Read More

Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee (CERF)/PCORI Fee 2018

  Organizations with self-insured plans, including Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) and certain Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), must pay the Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee (CERF) every year (AKA: "PCORI Fee").  This fee is part of the Affordable Care Act and funds the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  It is due to the IRS via Form 720 by July 31, 2018 for... Read More