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Supreme Court Begin Healthcare Reform Hearing a Week From Today March 19, 2012

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White House Touts State Advances in Implementing PPACA as CLASS-Killer Vote Proceeds | LifeHealthPro January 19, 2012

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White House Touts State Advances in Implementing PPACA as CLASS-Killer Vote Proceeds | LifeHealthPro.

Will The Health Law’s Future Be Decided By The High Court Or The Election? – Kaiser Health News January 17, 2012

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Will The Health Law’s Future Be Decided By The High Court Or The Election? – Kaiser Health News.

New 2013 FSA Maximum Contributions Released January 12, 2012

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposed a new $2,500 limit on the contribution or election amount for health care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).  The new requirement applies to all FSA plans whose taxable years begin after Dec. 31, 2012 — even plans grandfathered under other provisions of health care reform.

The “taxable year” refers to the employee’s taxable year –and in most cases this stipulation means a calendar year. Thus, a calendar year limitation of $2,500 in salary reductions for the health care FSA will become effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Changes to Plan Documents
Plans that currently allow a health care FSA election of more than $2,500, must amend plan documents before Jan. 1, 2013, and change employee communications. Non-calendar plans that amend their plans as of Jan. 1, 2013, mid-plan year, may face some unique challenges or situations due to the changes required.

Be Proactive
To simplify administration of this change, sponsors of non-calendar year plans may want to adopt the new limit as of the first day of the plan year rather than waiting until Jan. 1, 2013. For example, if the current plan year begins May 1 and ends April 30, the plan sponsor may:

  • Communicate the change to employees.
  • Amend their plan documents to implement the new $2,500 maximum election.
  • Initiate  the changes to the contribution effective May 1, 2012, rather than wait until the mid-plan year in Jan. 1, 2013

Would You Go To See A Wal-Mart Doctor For Your Healthcare? November 10, 2011

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We are curious to know your opinion.   Below is an excerpt from NPR’s Health Blog.

The nation’s largest retailer is planning to offer medical services ranging from the management of diabetes to HIV infections, NPR and Kaiser Health News have learned. 

In the same week in late October that Wal-Mart said it would stop offering health insurance benefits to new part-time employees, the retailer sent out a request for partners to help it “dramatically … lower the cost of healthcare … by becoming the largest provider of primary healthcare services in the nation.”

On Tuesday, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Tara Raddohl confirmed the proposal. She declined to elaborate on specifics, calling it simply an effort to determine “strategic next steps.”

The 14-page request, which you can read here, asks firms to spell out their expertise in a wide variety of areas, including managing and monitoring patients with chronic, costly health conditions. Partners are to be selected in January.

Analysts said Wal-Mart is likely positioning itself to boost store traffic, possibly by expanding the number of its in-store medical clinics and the services they offer.

The move would also capitalize on growing demand for primary care in 2014, when the federal health law fully kicks in and millions more Americans are expected to have government or private health insurance.

Click below to read the rest of the article, then let us know what you think, would you go to see a Wal-Mart doctor for your healthcare?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/11/10/142156478/wal-mart-plans-ambitious-expansion-into-medical-care

 

Despite Alleged White House Objections, LTC Program Quashed | LifeHealthPro October 19, 2011

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Despite White House concerns, the Obama administration is not moving forward with efforts to implement the Class Act, the long-term care program the Department of Health and Human Services said last week will just not work.

 

Despite Alleged White House Objections, LTC Program Quashed | LifeHealthPro.

 

 

 

Vermont To Put In Single Payer Health Care System May 31, 2011

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Vermont did it again, another first for the little state.  They signed into law a bill to offer a single payer health care system.  Read about the plan by clicking here:

http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2011/05/vermont-establishes-road-map-for-single-payer-health-care.html

PPACA: Sebelius Ponders CLASS Fix – Regulatory,Legislative and Tax Issues – Life and Health Insurance News February 8, 2011

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PPACA: Sebelius Ponders CLASS Fix – Regulatory,Legislative and Tax Issues – Life and Health Insurance News.

Great discussion on Healthcare Reform on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR February 4, 2011

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This really puts into perspective the complexity of the issues.

http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio-player?nid=13670


 

Florida Stops Implementing PPACA February 3, 2011

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There are new developments in the implementation of the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) or Healthcare Reform in Florida as a result of the federal ruling stating that the law is unconstitutional. Florida’s insurance commissioner has basically shut down all efforts to institute the PPACA.

To read the full story, click on the link, or copy and paste into your browser: http://www.lifeandhealthinsurancenews.com/News/2011/2/Pages/Florida-Stops-Implementing-PPACA.aspx?nul