As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and immigration reform continue to be hotly debated in Congress, Communicating for America continues to work with legislators of both parties to ensure the voices of America’s small businesses and the self-employed are heard in our nation’s capital.
Join CA, the Council for Affordable Health Coverage and the National Association of Manufacturers on May 1 for this Complimentary Webinar Series on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Tax impact on Consumers & Employers
ACA University is an ongoing webinar series on the Affordable Care Act’s most notable reforms and their effects on employers, consumers, and healthcare providers. The May 1st webinar will focus on the ACA’s tax issues and will include information on: premium subsidies, mandate penalties, medical device taxes, the Medicare tax on upper incomes, Cadillac tax, and reinsurance and PCORI fees.
Communicating for America’s legislative team recently met with more than 50 House and Senate offices in Washington, DC to relay the results of the most recent CA Member survey. CA met directly with both Democrats and Republicans, advocating commonsense solutions that include giving consumers more affordable health coverage options under the ACA, and supporting bipartisan immigration reform legislation. Above, CA’s Michael Smedsrud and Ben Schierer meet with South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson.
A full copy of the survey results is available here.
With the Healthcare Exchange Open Enrollment deadline of March 31 fast approaching, it is important to have all the facts about who is and who is not required to have health insurance in 2014.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most Americans are required to have health insurance or pay a penalty. However, there are many exemptions to this requirement. For example, individuals may qualify for an exemption from the penalty if they are uninsured for less than 3 months of the year, if the lowest-priced coverage available would cost them more than 8% of their household income, or if they are not required to file taxes because their income is below the threshold. There are several other situations that would qualify an individual for a waiver from the penalty. A full list of exemptions is available at https://www.healthcare.gov/exemptions/.
Additionally, many individuals may qualify for a “hardship exemption” if they experience certain circumstances that would affect their ability to purchase affordable health coverage. In December, President Obama announced that those Americans whose health insurance policies have been cancelled would be allowed to purchase catastrophic health insurance plans or claim a hardship exemption and avoid the ACA’s insurance mandate entirely. Earlier this month that waiver was extended through 2016.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that those consumers enrolled in the PCIP program will be allowed to keep their coverage until the end of April. Communicating for America continues to be a leading voice on this issue. In a recent press release published by multiple news outlets, CA President Patty Strickland argues for an extension and continued funding for both the PCIP and state run high-risk pools through the end of 2014.
CA becomes first national organization to call on President Obama to extend Open Enrollment period to purchase health insurance to May 15
Communicating for America is calling on President Obama to extend the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) open enrollment period for individuals to sign up for a health insurance plan without facing a penalty.
In a statement picked up by dozens of top news outlets, CA Chairman Jeff Smedsrud urged the Administration to give consumers more time to enroll in new health plans. He noted that President Obama recently waived certain provisions of the health law for businesses and said consumers should be given same flexibility. A full copy of of the release is available here.
In a letter to US Senator Mark Begich, CA joined forces with several other national business, self employed and consumer advocacy groups in support of S. 1729, The Expanded Consumer Choice Act. The legislation would create a new “Copper” level of coverage, giving consumers additional options beyond the four tiers currently available under the Affordable Care Act.
We believe this legislation would give consumers more affordable coverage options than are currently available and potentially encourage small businesses to retain their employee plans, which may in turn lower taxpayer costs.
In a letter to key House members in both parties, Communicating for America is urging lawmakers to take up bi-partisan Immigration reform legislation. Immigration reform that strengthens American agriculture and rural business is a CA Member-adopted resolution and one of CA’s top legislative priorities. In the letter, CA outlines 5 key principles on behalf of its members that must be included in any reform legislation.
CA President: Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Extension a Start, More Needed to Protect the Most Vulnerable Americans
Communicating for America continues to advocate for additional measures to protect the sickest most vulnerable Americans during the transition to the new exchanges created under the ACA. In a recent press release published by multiple news outlets, CA President Patty Strickland argues that while the extension of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program recently announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will help thousands continue their health coverage and treatments, more can be done and needs to be done to protect this high-risk population.
Communicating for America celebrates major victory in the effort to expand affordable healthcare options
President Obama announced on Thursday that those Americans whose health insurance policies have been cancelled will be allowed to purchase catastrophic health insurance plans or claim a hardship exemption and avoid the ACA’s insurance mandate entirely. Communicating for America (CA) has been a leading voice urging these and other changes through articles, op-eds and discussions with Congressional offices. CA is committed to seeing additional solutions implemented in order to ensure all Americans have real and meaningful options when purchasing health insurance.