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April 14, 2014 – New legislation signed by President Obama eliminates the Affordable Care Act's annual limitation on deductibles for non-grandfathered plans in the small group market, effective retroactively to 2010.

March 31, 2014 - Work on the state budget has begun in earnest with the legislature deliberating how best to spend, save, invest -- depending on who you talk to -- a nearly $1 billion state surplus.
March 31, 2014 - Early this month the United States House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 4118 “Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act.”
March 11, 2014 – This past January 28, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. a very important piece of legislation, the “Save American Workers Act” (H.R. 2575), was heard in front of one of the most influential committees, Ways and Means, chaired by Michigan’s Congressman Dave Camp.
March 11, 2014 – HHS has released 2014 federal poverty guidelines.
March 11, 2014 – Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say.
Jan. 30, 2014 (New York Times) - National health spending grew slowly for the fourth consecutive year, increasing 3.7 percent in 2012 to $2.8 trillion, the federal government said Monday. But officials disagreed over whether the Affordable Care Act or lingering effects of the recession were primarily responsible for the remarkable trend.
Jan. 30, 2014  - After a tumultuous eight-month battle in the legislature, the final piece of the puzzle finally came to fruition on December 30, 2013 when the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) approved Michigan’s request for a waiver expanding Medicaid coverage.

Jan. 30, 2014 - It has been a long journey for the ACA to finally make its debut on January 1, 2014. This past January 1st has been a long standing kick-off date for this new healthcare law, despite its over 50 provisions that have already been put into effect.

Nov. 26, 2013 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that online enrollment for small employers who wish to purchase employee health coverage through the federally facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace has been delayed of one year.