The Dec Page
You may recall the circuit panel ruling in Halbig v. Burwell this past Summer. This is a little case with huge potential implications for the ACA. I say potential because the panel holding was quickly vacated by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
Last week, the IRS released Notice 2014-69. The notice states that plans that do not provide in-patient hospitalization or physician services do not provide "minimum value" as that term is defined by the ACA.
Starting January 1, 2015, OSHA's updated record keeping rule will expand the list of severe injuries that all employers must report to OSHA. Establishments located in states under federal OSHA jurisdiction must begin to comply with the new requirements; those located in states that operate their own safety and health programs should check with their state plan for the implementation date of the new requirements.
This morning we attended the Work-Faith Connection's annual breakfast. 500 people squeezed into the River Oaks Country to hear no less than 3 ex-invitees of the Texas Department of Corrections tell their stories and how the power of the Holy Spirit and a few people who believe in second chances changed their lives.
Employee theft claims are regular occurrences among our insureds, certainly more common than hurricanes. Yet, so many employers believe these types of claims cannot happen to them. You see they do not employe anyone they do not trust. They have safeguards in place. They do not keep that much cash on hand, etc. They need employee theft coverage. If they have it, they need to increase their limits.
With open enrollment for ‘Obamacare’ in 2015 starting in mid-November, experts are predicting big increases in premiums in many states. According to an analysis from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute, health plans sold through the ACA exchanges are going to increase an average of 7.5% next year. (based on preliminary data from 27 states and the District of Columbia)
As we noted here, the DC Circuit has vacated its panel decision deciding the ACA shoud be enforced as it reads to NOT allow subsidies sold outside of state health exchanges (i.e., through the federal exchange). This was a huge holding, but the odds were stacked against its survival within the more liberal DC Circuit.