If You Received an Obamacare Subsidy, the 2021 Covid Relief Bill Changed How You File Your Taxes – And May Cost You Some Money

Obamacare Subsidy

If you received a subsidy to purchase health insurance through Covered California in 2021, you have to report that on your federal and state taxes due on April 18, 2022.  But take note – the subsidy system completely changed in May 2021 when the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) went into effect in the middle […]

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How the Tax Bill Affects Your Healthcare

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a Presidential signature away from becoming law. What’s in it that impacts your healthcare? Here is a rundown…

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Several Good Analyses of the Failure of Republican Reform Efforts

Here are several links to good stories about the failure of the Republicans to pass healthcare reform: My write-up on LinkedIn: The ACA Will Not Fail On Its Own. It Will Take Active Efforts by the Administration and Congress. Kaiser Health News: GOP Failure To Replace The Health Law Was Years In The Making WashPost: ‘It’s […]

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Insurance Companies Come Out Strongly Against Loosening ACA Minimum Essential Benefits Requirements

The insurance industry was largely against the ACA’s requirement that all non-grandfathered individual and small-group health insurance policies provide minimum essential benefits such as maternity coverage, mental health and substance abuse disorders, emergency care and preventative services. They were opposed because these requirements reduced the number and types of policies that could be sold and […]

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Obamacare Exchanges Are Strengthening, Not in a “Death Spiral”

This is reality – the individual health insurance markets are generally in good shape, though in smaller states and counties, there is a serious problem of choice. Some markets are no longer served, and others have only one option. This is not good, but it could be solved in Washington was working on it, and […]

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Reactions to the Senate’s Trumpcare Bill: Jonathan Greer Quoted as Industry Expert

The Senate revealed its draconian version of Congress’ effort to weaken the Affordable Care Act yesterday. In his role as Media Chair and Spokesperson for the Golden Gate Association of Health Underwriters, Jonathan Greer was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News and its affiliated newspapers around the Bay Area. Here are his quotes: Jonathan Greer, […]

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Anthem to leave Ohio’s Obamacare insurance market in 2018

From Reuters: Anthem Inc, which has urged Republican lawmakers to commit to paying government subsidies for the Obamacare individual health insurance system, on Tuesday announced it would exit most of the Ohio market next year. The high-profile health insurer, which sells Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states including New York and California, for […]

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Senate Republicans Pulling Away From ACA Repeal Legislation

From Politico: Senate Republicans remain publicly pessimistic about their prospects of repealing and replacing Obamacare this year with several raising concerns this week about the party’s central campaign promise even as one of their leaders vowed to pass such a bill this summer. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) made the most direct prediction on Thursday, telling […]

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Senate Republicans mull tax on employer-based health insurance

Senate Republicans set on reworking the Affordable Care Act are considering taxing employer-sponsored health insurance plans, a move that would meet stiff resistance from companies and potentially raise taxes on millions of people who get coverage on the job. Under longstanding tax law, compensation in the form of health insurance isn’t treated as income for […]

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