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Today, CMS released the first proposed update to the physician payment schedule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

A key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the requirement that private insurance plans cover recommended preventive services without any patient cost-sharing.

The Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) strives to keep you updated on all things related to healthcare reform, namely the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This March 4th, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court intends to hear oral arguments on a case that could affect the sustainability of the ACA public exchange system and its insurance underwriting rules.

The Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) needs your help! Recently, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing on S. 30, the Forty Hours is Full Time Act, a bill that would change the definition of full-time employee under the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (ACA). 

A new report released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that consumers will have more options to choose from when they shop for health coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage beginning in 2015. This is a direct effect from a 25% increase in the number of issuers offering coverage through the Marketplace for next year.

In a recent newsletter that goes out to exchange navigators and certified application counselors only, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discuss the rules that govern exchange assisters' activities. 

Prior to the open enrollment in 2013 and especially the weeks leading up to the very first day of available healthcare on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare exchange January 1, 2014, there was much discussion of the safety of individuals personal information on such a massive website, and also much discussion of individuals falsifying information in order to qualify for a much richer subsidy in their healthcare plan.

On a deadline to circumvent any major problems on the next round of open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) healthcare exchange, major sections of the Healthcare.gov website are getting totally redone.  There is also a possibility that some parts of this website dedicated to helping individuals navigate the ACA may be scratched.  Open enrollment for 2015 kicks off this November 15th, 2014.

In early May, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided the new public health insurance exchanges rules for reporting on the private health coverage they have sold.  This new batch of final regulations titled, “Information Reporting for Affordable Insurance Exchanges,” dictates how the exchanges will communicate whether they have enrolled consumers in individual qualified health plans (QHPs).

April 29, 2014 - New legislation signed by President Obama eliminates the Affordable Care Act's (ACA)  annual limitation on deductibles for non-grandfathered plans in the small group market, effective retroactively to 2010.