Exchanges

Updates

Senate Misses Opportunity to Protect and Improve Health Care

The United States Senate last night missed an extraordinary and historic opportunity to begin fixing our nation’s broken health care system by reducing damaging taxes, empowering patients with improved consumer-driven health options, and stabilizing the individual markets, many of which may currently be in a death spiral… More

protected content Election Could Bring Changes to State Health Care Exchanges

Last month’s election of a new Vermont governor could further reduce the number of states with their own Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges… More

protected content Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell:  They Came, They Spoke, They Sat Down Again

Oral arguments in King v. Burwell were heard on Wednesday, and few pundits have failed to render an opinion. To me, the bottom line is… More

protected content What to Do with the ACA?  Review of Republican Alternative

Three Congressional Republicans, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on February 5 released a narrative of their ideas for an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

protected content ACA Pairings for the Super Bowl

Gretchen Young, ERIC Senior Vice President for Health Policy, reviews some of the latest developments with the Affordable Care Act.… More

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Court Rulings

protected content Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell:  They Came, They Spoke, They Sat Down Again

Oral arguments in King v. Burwell were heard on Wednesday, and few pundits have failed to render an opinion. To me, the bottom line is… More

protected content SCOTUS Accepts ACA Exchange Subsidy Case for Review

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday decided to accept an appeal from a case decided by the 4th Circuit Court to debate, once again, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This time the issue before the Court will be whether individuals participating in federally run Exchanges (as opposed to state-run Exchanges) may receive federal tax subsidies for the purchase of health insurance … More

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Oklahoma District Court Finds Individuals in Federal Exchanges Ineligible for Subsidized Coverage under ACA

The federal district court in Oklahoma today decided to vacate the IRS regulation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that permits individuals in states with federal Exchanges to receive subsidized health insurance. … More

protected content D.C. Circuit Court Agrees to Rehear ACA Case Involving Tax Subsidies

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia announced September 4 that it will rehear the case involving whether tax subsidies are available for both the state-based and federally-run exchanges (Halbig v. Burwell).… More

protected content High Stakes Drama at the ACA Corral

Today saw the publication of not ONE but TWO circuit court cases opining on the legality of granting tax subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance through federally operated Exchanges as opposed to Exchanges operated by the states. … More

protected content Second Federal Court Rules against Challenge to Premium Subsidies on Federal Exchanges

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on February 18 dismissed a complaint challenging the validity of an Internal Revenue Service rule providing premium assistance subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance through federally facilitated exchanges in addition to state-run exchanges (King v. Sebelius). … More

protected content Another Threat to the Viability of the ACA Exchanges

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on October 22 allowed a case to proceed that has the potential to deal a potentially life-threatening blow to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case (Halbig v. Sebelius, D.D.C., No. 13-623), along with a similar case in an Oklahoma federal district court (Pruitt v. Sebelius, E.D. Okla, Case No. CIV-11-30-RAW), addresses the ability of an Exchange to offer premium credits and cost-sharing subsidies to enrolled individuals. … More

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ERIC Surveys

protected content Results of Our Three-Minute Poll on COBRA

First, thanks so much to the legions of ERIC members who completed our new poll on COBRA. Your comments were as helpful as they were fascinating. … More

ERIC Polls Large Employers on ACA Exchange Notices

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today released the results of a poll of its members regarding the new Exchange reporting requirements. Over half of ERIC members responded to the poll… More

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Judicial Documents

protected content Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell:  They Came, They Spoke, They Sat Down Again

Oral arguments in King v. Burwell were heard on Wednesday, and few pundits have failed to render an opinion. To me, the bottom line is… More

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Oklahoma District Court Finds Individuals in Federal Exchanges Ineligible for Subsidized Coverage under ACA

The federal district court in Oklahoma today decided to vacate the IRS regulation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that permits individuals in states with federal Exchanges to receive subsidized health insurance. … More

protected content D.C. Circuit Court Agrees to Rehear ACA Case Involving Tax Subsidies

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia announced September 4 that it will rehear the case involving whether tax subsidies are available for both the state-based and federally-run exchanges (Halbig v. Burwell).… More

protected content High Stakes Drama at the ACA Corral

Today saw the publication of not ONE but TWO circuit court cases opining on the legality of granting tax subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance through federally operated Exchanges as opposed to Exchanges operated by the states. … More

protected content Second Federal Court Rules against Challenge to Premium Subsidies on Federal Exchanges

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on February 18 dismissed a complaint challenging the validity of an Internal Revenue Service rule providing premium assistance subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance through federally facilitated exchanges in addition to state-run exchanges (King v. Sebelius). … More

protected content Another Threat to the Viability of the ACA Exchanges

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on October 22 allowed a case to proceed that has the potential to deal a potentially life-threatening blow to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case (Halbig v. Sebelius, D.D.C., No. 13-623), along with a similar case in an Oklahoma federal district court (Pruitt v. Sebelius, E.D. Okla, Case No. CIV-11-30-RAW), addresses the ability of an Exchange to offer premium credits and cost-sharing subsidies to enrolled individuals. … More

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Legislative Documents

protected content What to Do with the ACA?  Review of Republican Alternative

Three Congressional Republicans, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on February 5 released a narrative of their ideas for an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

protected content Congressional Hearing Focuses on Challenges of Exchanges Rollout

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing yesterday on the “Status of the Affordable Care Act Implementation.” Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, testified before the Committee.… More

Key Health Care Reform Legislative Documents (H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872)

The House and Senate on March 25, 2010, approved the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), the "sidecar" reconciliation… More

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Letters to Agencies

ERIC Offers Recommendations on Proposed Changes to Excepted Benefits Definition

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) on March 7 offered a series of recommendations to make sure that plan sponsors may continue to make their employee assistance programs available to all of their employees. … More

ERIC Recommends that IRS Further Simplify ACA Employer Information-Reporting Requirements before Treasury/IRS Hearing

Richard Stover, Principal and Consulting Actuary of Buck Consultants (a Xerox Company), testified today on behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) before a joint Treasury Department and IRS hearing on proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act on information reporting by large employers on health coverage. … More

ERIC Urges IRS to Further Simplify ACA Employer Information-Reporting Requirements

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today filed comments urging the IRS to further revise and simplify the proposed regulations concerning reporting requirements applicable to health insurance coverage offered under employer-sponsored plans. … More

ERIC Suggests Revisions to ACA Minimum Value Proposed Regulations

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted to the Internal Revenue Service a series of recommendations to improve proposed regulations relating to the determination of affordability and minimum value of eligible employer-sponsored plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).… More

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Press Releases

Senate Misses Opportunity to Protect and Improve Health Care

The United States Senate last night missed an extraordinary and historic opportunity to begin fixing our nation’s broken health care system by reducing damaging taxes, empowering patients with improved consumer-driven health options, and stabilizing the individual markets, many of which may currently be in a death spiral… More

ERIC Offers Recommendations on Proposed Changes to Excepted Benefits Definition

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) on March 7 offered a series of recommendations to make sure that plan sponsors may continue to make their employee assistance programs available to all of their employees. … More

ERIC Recommends that IRS Further Simplify ACA Employer Information-Reporting Requirements before Treasury/IRS Hearing

Richard Stover, Principal and Consulting Actuary of Buck Consultants (a Xerox Company), testified today on behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) before a joint Treasury Department and IRS hearing on proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act on information reporting by large employers on health coverage. … More

ERIC Urges IRS to Further Simplify ACA Employer Information-Reporting Requirements

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today filed comments urging the IRS to further revise and simplify the proposed regulations concerning reporting requirements applicable to health insurance coverage offered under employer-sponsored plans. … More

ERIC Polls Large Employers on ACA Exchange Notices

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today released the results of a poll of its members regarding the new Exchange reporting requirements. Over half of ERIC members responded to the poll… More

ERIC Suggests Revisions to ACA Minimum Value Proposed Regulations

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted to the Internal Revenue Service a series of recommendations to improve proposed regulations relating to the determination of affordability and minimum value of eligible employer-sponsored plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).… More

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Testimony

protected content House Ways and Means Committee Examines ACA’s 30-Hour Rule

The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee held a hearing yesterday on “Impact of the Employer Mandate’s Definition of Full-time Employee on Jobs and Opportunities.”… More

ERIC Recommends that IRS Further Simplify ACA Employer Information-Reporting Requirements before Treasury/IRS Hearing

Richard Stover, Principal and Consulting Actuary of Buck Consultants (a Xerox Company), testified today on behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) before a joint Treasury Department and IRS hearing on proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act on information reporting by large employers on health coverage. … More

protected content Administration Continues Reassuring Lawmakers that Exchanges Will Be Fixed

The Obama Administration continues to take a beating over the rollout of the website for the exchange marketplace. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner both made the rounds on Capitol Hill… More

protected content Congressional Hearing Focuses on Challenges of Exchanges Rollout

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing yesterday on the “Status of the Affordable Care Act Implementation.” Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, testified before the Committee.… More

protected content Congressional Hearing Witnesses Say the Exchanges are on Track for October 1st

ERIC attended yesterday’s House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on "PPACA Pulse Check: Part 2" given the significant interest of members in the Exchanges. The Committee focused the hearing on whether the Administration was on track for the roll-out of the Exchanges on October 1st. … More

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