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HC Reform - now projected over $1 trillion - just an extra $115 billion in 8 weeks


Category: Compliance and Regulatory, Health Care Reform,

Congressional Budget Office estimates released Tuesday predict the health care overhaul will likely cost about $115 billion more in discretionary spending over ten years than the original cost projections. The additional spending - if approved

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IRS Releases Additional Guidance to Determine Small Employer Tax Credit


Category: Compliance and Regulatory, Health Care Reform,

The IRS released Revenue Ruling 2010-13 which includes the average premium for the small group market when determining the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. The credit was created as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"), as amended, which helps small businesses afford the cost of covering their employees.

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Health Care Reform - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly... a Video Tour


Category: Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, Health Care Reform,

My good friend Dave Cleary (the Video Benefits Guy), has produced a nice overview of the massive Health Care Reform Legislation. He reviews and highlights the landmark changes to benefits and the very substantial new taxes on individuals and employers that you need to know about NOW.

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Some small employers may get healthcare tax credit in 2010


Category: Health Care Reform,

As you may know, Health Care Reform has staggered effective dates for different changes. For example, the so-called “Cadillac Plan” excise tax is not effective until 2018. There are items that will be effective much sooner. One of those changes is the small employer health insurance tax credit which is available in 2010.

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


Category: Health Care Reform,

Revised March 30, 2010

After a year of debate, Congress passed comprehensive health care reform legislation. On March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives passed the Senate-version legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) (the “Affordable Care Act”) and a separate budget reconciliation bill, The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872) (the “Reconciliation Act”), which addresses the House Democrat’s desired modifications to the Affordable Care Act. The president signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010 and signed the reconciliation Act into law on March 30, 2010.

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More Details on Health Care Reform Legislation


Category: Health Care Reform,

I am providing links to two summaries on healthcare reform. These summaries are some of the best I have seen and can be forwarded to your clients and employees.  Each was prepared by the Kaiser Family Foundation. I have found them very helpful.

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What Employers Need to Know Now about Health Care Reform


Category: Health Care Reform,

Summary provided by Ceridian Benefit Services

After a detailed analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Ceridian has identified some key provisions that could have significant impact on all employers and employer-sponsored health benefits plans.

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Health Care Reform Bill Raises Many Questions


Category: Health Care Reform,

From Workforce Management

The landmark overhaul of the U.S. health care delivery and financing system was approved Sunday, March 21, by the House of Representatives, and Senate approval of the legislation is expected soon.

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