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As the 2015 tax filing season gets underway, tax preparers said a delay in new health law tax forms is causing confusion for some consumers, while others want details about exemptions from increasingly stiff penalties for not having insurance. Some consumers may not receive the forms until shortly before the April 15 tax filing deadline because the IRS has pushed back the due date from Jan. 31 to March 31 for employers and others that provide insurance. Read more.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing to crack down on Medicare Advantage plans that have skimpy provider networks and inaccurate provider directories. CMS officials talk about enforcement efforts in the 2017 advance notice and 2017 draft call letter for the Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage plan program and the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan program. Read more.
In order to avoid potential pay or play penalties, do employers need to make an offer of health plan coverage to individuals receiving payments from a short-term disability or long-term disability arrangement? If the employee receiving STD or LTD is considered full-time for the stability period in which his or her leave occurs, you must continue to offer coverage during the leave of absence. Read more.
Over the past couple years, it's become clear that even if you have health insurance in the U.S., you're still susceptible to receive pricey medical bills—many of which can be a complete surprise. Embedded within President Barack Obama's 2017 budget for HHS is a provision to “eliminate surprise out-of-network healthcare charges for privately insured patients.” Read more.
Whether or not President Obama is able to get the Senate to vote on a Supreme Court nomination this year, the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia could have major implications for a range of key issues of interest to those working in health care and human resources. For starters, there are several challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act whose fate might be different without Scalia on the court. Read more.