GOP tax plan will cause health insurance rates to spike

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If the Republicans manage to pass their tax plan as is expected this week, coverage may get much pricier. If Republicans successfully pass the GOP tax plan this week – and the expectation is that it will – health insurance could become much more expensive for Americans, say opponents. The final version of the Republican plan will repeal the individual insurance mandate of the ACA. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires Americans who don’t have health insurance coverage through their employers, other groups, Medicare or Medicaid, to purchase coverage for…

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Health insurance exchanges start fifth annual open enrollment period under ACA

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The Affordable Care Act is moving forward with its marketplaces despite repeated efforts by Republicans. The last year has represented a consistent Republican effort to stop the health insurance exchanges from moving forward in the form they initially took through the Affordable Care Act. That said, despite the GOP’s attempts, the marketplaces have opened their doors for their fifth annual open enrollment season. The 45 day long window to purchase health insurance opened on Wednesday morning with the start of November. Now, eligible Americans across the country will be using…

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Health insurance disclosure is required on tax returns to avoid I.R.S. rejection

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The Internal Revenue Service announced its intentions to step up the enforcement of the ACA tax penalty. Even as President Trump works to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the I.R.S. has taken steps to enforce health insurance disclosure on tax filings. The Internal Revenue Service revealed new regulations that will automatically reject digital filings in which insured status is not revealed. This latest announcement reveals an intention to strengthen components of former President Obama’s health care law. The Affordable Care Act already requires health insurance disclosure when taxes are filed.…

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Graham-Cassidy health care bill may doom future GOP attempts to kill ACA

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Insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, patient groups and even John McCain have vehemently opposed the bill. The Graham-Cassidy health care bill is facing widespread opposition from many directions, including from a key member of the Republican party. Should this most recent effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) fail, it may prove to be the end of the effort. Hospitals, doctors, health insurance companies and other groups rallied together to oppose the bill. This represents an alliance of groups that are very rarely all on the same side. However, the…

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Health insurance exchanges have at least one offering in every U.S. county

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The Affordable Care Act was previously threatened by possible bare patches in plan availability. Earlier in 2017, it appeared as though the health insurance exchanges in several states would suffer bare counties in the 2018 open enrollment period. That said, the situation has turned around and every county continues to have a minimum of one option available. Though President Trump had claimed that the insurance marketplaces were failing, they appear to be healing. President Trump had been pointing to the problem of counties without plans available through the health insurance…

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Penalties for those without health insurance are on the rise

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Federal fines will be placing more pressure on uninsured consumers next year Health insurance premiums for those seeking coverage through exchanges in the United States are growing next year. For many consumers, higher costs may discourage them from actually keeping their coverage due to financial pressure. If they go without coverage, however, they will face penalties from the federal government. Next year, those penalties will be more costly, as they are designed to serve as an incentive to encourage consumers to purchase health insurance coverage. Report shows that the average…

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California health insurance exchange marketing takes off on bus tour

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Officials have been using this new method to help to promote the marketplace across the state. On Sunday, the head of the California health insurance exchange boarded a bus in order to tour Los Angeles and spread the word about the benefits that residents of the state can enjoy through the Affordable Care Act. Many people in California have yet to take part in the health care law’s requirements. A large proportion of the people who have not yet been participating in the California health insurance exchange are in the…

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Insurance news of fines isn’t great for the wealthy

Health Insurance news tax penalty

Americans in higher tax brackets could find themselves paying a penalty almost $2,500 for being uninsured. The IRS has released an insurance news statement that indicated that the penalty that will be paid by individuals who have failed to comply with the individual mandate of the heath care reform and who have not purchased coverage will be up to $2,448. At the same time, there could be a fine of up to $12,240 for uninsured families with five or more members. The same penalty will not apply to everyone. It…

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Health insurance exchange for small businesses is coming

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Small businesses will have to comply with insurance provisions this year This year, small businesses in the U.S. will have to comply with the insurance mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The federal law requires employers to provide their workers with insurance coverage, but businesses with less than 50 full-time employees had been exempt from this provision for some time. The federal government had opted to exempt small businesses from the insurance mandate in order to provide them with more time to prepare themselves for the financial implications of…

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Health insurance penalties could add up quickly for the uninsured

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Federal penalties may be more costly than people may realize The federal health insurance mandate has been in effect in the U.S. for nearly three months, but penalties for those without insurance coverage are not expected to be seen until after March 31. When the open enrollment period for insurance exchanges comes to a close, those without insurance coverage will become vulnerable to federal penalties. These penalties levy a 1% of annual household income fee or a flat rate of $95 based on yearly income. These penalties, however, may only…

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