Health Care

25 Feb

Tax Time: Does Your Business Qualify for a Health Care Tax Credit?

Booksellers who have been providing health insurance to their employees should remember that the Affordable Care Act includes federal tax credits for small businesses.

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12 Nov

Health Insurance Exchanges Reopen Beginning November 15

The Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges for individuals and small businesses are slated to reopen for open enrollment on Saturday, November 15. This enrollment period will mark the first time that Small Business Health Options Programs will be available online for businesses in all states.

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11 Sep

HealthCare.gov SHOP Exchanges to Be Tested in Five States

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will test the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP Exchanges), the health insurance exchange for small businesses, with a soft launch in late October in Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio.

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30 Jul

Two Courts, Two Rulings: But Health Care Subsidies Will Continue for Now

On Tuesday, July 22, two legal challenges to provisions for health care subsidies in the Affordable Care Act resulted in contradictory rulings from federal appeals courts.

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05 Jun

IRS: Employer Cannot Reimburse Employees Pre-Tax to Buy Through Exchanges

The IRS has issued a notice stressing that employers that reimburse their employees pre-tax for premiums under a Health Reimbursement Account to pay for insurance in a health exchange could be subject to a fine of $100 per day per employee.

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21 May

Make Time to Talk About Advocacy

Booksellers are invited to set up an appointment to discuss advocacy issues with David Grogan, ABA senior public policy analyst, in the Indie Bookseller Lounge at BEA.

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11 Feb

Tax Time: Remember to Find Out If Your Business Qualifies for a Health Care Tax Credit

Booksellers who have been providing health insurance to their employees should remember that the Affordable Care Act includes federal tax credits for small businesses.

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18 Dec

Health Care Tax Credit to Increase in 2014

With the new year, the Affordable Care Act’s health care tax credit for small businesses will increase from 35 percent to a maximum of 50 percent. The credit is meant to encourage small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to begin offering health insurance coverage to their employees or to maintain the coverage they already have.

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05 Dec

White House Delays Online SHOP Enrollment Again

Late last week, the White House announced that it was delaying by one year online enrollment in the federally operated Small Business Health Options (SHOP) health insurance exchanges.

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25 Nov

Health Care Reform in the News

As the White House continues to address problems on the Affordable Care Act website, local health care navigators have told Reuters that they are seeing gradual improvements on HealthCare.gov.

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24 Oct

White House Addresses Health Care Website’s Shaky Launch

The numerous problems with HealthCare.gov prompted a press event on Monday by President Obama to address concerns, and Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to delay the individual mandate by a year. In addition, House Republicans have scheduled a hearing to find out why the site was launched before it was ready.

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24 Oct

Health Care Reform for Bookstores With Locations in More than One State

While the rollout of HealthCare.gov continues, bookstore owners with locations in more than one state can explore a couple of options for employee coverage.

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03 Oct

Presentation on Affordable Care Act Posted on BookWeb

As the Health Insurance Marketplaces opened for business, ABA made available on BookWeb the PowerPoint presentation “The Affordable Care Act: What the Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business,” an overview that is being presented at ABA’s education session at each of the fall regional trade shows.

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26 Sep

Federal Online Health Insurance Enrollment for Small Businesses Delayed for One Month

At press time, national media outlets were reporting that the Obama administration was delaying by one month online enrollment in the federally operated Small Business Health Options (SHOP) health insurance exchanges. Businesses can still enroll via fax, mail, or phone beginning October 1.

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25 Sep

Health Care Reform: What the Law Means for You Right Now

With states’ Health Insurance Marketplaces set to open for enrollment on Tuesday, October 1, now is the time for bookstore owners — and employees — to learn how health insurance reform affects them.

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