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Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey and legal analyst Stuart Taylor discuss Monday's ruling on the health law's contraception mandate, examining what the decision could mean for future challenges to the law. Listen to the audio interview or read the transcript here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at MHA Health Care Aide
What is MHAPAC? The Mississippi Hospital Association Political Action Committee (MHAPAC) is a non-partisan political voice for Mississippi hospitals created to preserve quality health care. MHAPAC was founded in 1984 to help encourage a stronger advocacy role and to achieve greater political influence in Mississippi. MHAPAC is an independent, non-profit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at MHA Political Action Committee
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently issued a regulatory proposal that will help existing Marketplace consumers get auto-enrolled for next year. Consumers who completed an application for health insurance through the health insurance marketplaces will be auto-enrolled into their current plan as long as the plan still exists... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at MHA Health Care Aide
The U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury on June 25 released a final rule allowing employers to impose “orientation” periods of up to one month before a maximum 90-day waiting period for the start of healthcare coverage for new employees. Under the final rule, the agencies... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at MHA Health Care Aide
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The Mississippi Hospitals for Hope campaign is a collaborative venture that teams the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank, and the Mississippi Hospital Association, and hospitals across Mississippi in an effort to save lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation. Participating in the Hospitals for Hope campaign... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Hospitals for Hope
Six months have passed since the Obama administration announced that the launch of the health care law’s online insurance marketplace for small businesses would be delayed until November, more than a year after its originally scheduled start. So, how is the work coming? Six months from now, can small employers... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MHA Health Care Aide
Many employers had thought they could shift health costs to the government by sending their employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution of cash to help pay premiums, but the Obama administration has squelched the idea in a new ruling. Such arrangements do not satisfy the health... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MHA Health Care Aide
Employers must inform laid-off employees that they are eligible to buy health-care coverage through new online insurance exchanges as an alternative to paying full premiums for their old employer policies, the Obama administration said May 2. Read more from the Wall Street Journal here. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at MHA Health Care Aide
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Photo of Louisville, MS, tornado destruction courtesy of National Guard Many have tried to describe the devastation left in the wake of the recent Mississippi tornadoes, but no matter what words are used, they simply don't seem to be enough. The pain and heartache have been acutely felt by the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at MHA Cares
On Feb. 17, the IRS issued final regulations regarding the implementation of the employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA), otherwise known as the “pay or play” rules. The final regulations provide some helpful guidance and welcome relief to employers. For higher education institutions, the final... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at MHA Health Care Aide
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not require small employers to offer health coverage to their employees. If coverage is offered, however, the coverage must meet ACA requirements. The only exception is for grandfathered plans. Grandfathered plans are those health plans that were in effect when the ACA was enacted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at MHA Health Care Aide
Welcome New Members! It has been a very busy year for HPIC! Our team realizes we are successful because of our member-owned, member-governed subscribers and the services we offer through claims management, risk management, and client services. We are pleased to welcome a record number of new members to HPIC!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at HPIC News
HPIC is a Risk Retention Group formed in July of 2003 and dedicated to serving the liability insurance needs of Mississippi hospitals and other health care providers. It is sponsored by the Mississippi Hospital Association and was created with three overarching objectives: long term financial stability, member ownership and governance,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at HPIC News
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The Health Insurance Marketplace will make it easy for Mississippians to compare qualified health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they are eligible for lower costs for private insurance or health programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and enroll in health coverage. Currently, 20%... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2013 at Cover Mississippi
On September 5, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed rules intended to implement key reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act. One rule would require insurers, self-insured employers, government-sponsored programs, and entities that provide minimum essential coverage to report information on this coverage to the IRS and to covered... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service proposed new regulations on Aug. 26 concerning the tax credits for small employers that provide health coverage to their employees. The tax credits were enacted as part of section 1421 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and are meant for businesses with fewer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
The Obama administration is ramping up its efforts to sell the health care law to small business owners, with the start of enrollment now only six weeks away. Read more from The Washington Post here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
Got a question about Affordable Care Act? Now there's a government website dedicated to answering the questions of business owners. Officially launched on Aug. 1 as part of BusinessUSA, a little-known platform that provides businesses with easy access to government services, the new site helps owners understand what they need... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
Health care costs are the top concern of chief financial officers, who are still unsure of and worried about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on their businesses, a new survey of CFOs by Bank of America Merrill Lynch says. Read more here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
An important deadline under the Affordable Care Act is rapidly approaching. By no later than October 1, 2013, all employers must distribute a notice to all current employees to inform them of certain health coverage options under the new public exchanges. Employers must provide this notice regardless of how many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
As part of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies offering certain health insurance policies and employers, including public agencies, that sponsor certain self-insured plans may be responsible for reporting and paying a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fee (PCORI Fee) by July 31. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute was established by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
The White House on May 30 issued early estimates of the number of health plans likely to be available in Health Insurance Marketplaces when enrollment begins in October. According to the memorandum, more than 120 issuers have applied to offer qualified health plans in the Marketplaces run by the Department... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on May 31 released a rule finalizing requirements for the Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP), meaning eligible small employers can now evaluate participating plans and determine if they qualify for a tax credit to help fund the coverage. Starting in October, small... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
On January 24, 2013, the Department of Labor issued guidance delaying the deadline for employers to provide employees with notice of coverage options available through the health care exchanges. Learn more here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide
Beginning in 2014, large U.S. employers that do not offer a minimum level of affordable health coverage to their full-time employees may be required to pay an assessment of up to $3,000 per employee. For plan years beginning in 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is proposing to extend this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at MHA Health Care Aide