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Posted by Tracy Dacus on May 17, 2013 - 5:38pm
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Since we wrote last week about our lack of confidence in the IRS running health care, the government agency has been blasted with controversy this week over targeting the Tea Party and other conservative political groups for extra scrutiny over tax exemption status.  Yesterday ABC News confirmed that the IRS official in charge of tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012, Sarah Hall Ingram, is now the director of the Affordable Care Act office of the IRS.  Her former deputy commissioner Joseph Grant is taking the fall, as he was just appointed to lead the tax-exempt office in the beginning of May and has already announced his retirement.  The scandal does not increase public confidence in the agency to execute the extremely complicated PPACA, especially if you're a Tea Party member!

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on May 7, 2013 - 3:54pm
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While U.S. businesses figure out how to handle the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service is gearing up for the huge task of deciding who pays for it and how much.    When the Supreme Court upheld the law last year, it put the IRS in charge, allowing the agency to enforce the mandate through tax penalties.

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Posted by Andy Adams on April 25, 2013 - 9:42am
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Back in 2010, we reported on a study finding that 1/5 of small business employers were considering dropping their plans with the onset of Obamacare.

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Posted by Andy Adams on April 17, 2013 - 9:23am
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When: Wednesday April 24th - 11:30 to 1:00

Where: Houston Heights Fire Station, 102 W. 12th @ Yale

Andy Adams will give you the essential facts on what the Affordable Care Act has in store for your business or small business.  Topics include:

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Posted by Andy Adams on April 12, 2013 - 4:50pm
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The ACA gives employers more flexibility in creating incentives for employees to participate in wellness programs.  This article in Business Insurance illustrates the efforts of several large employers to do exactly that:

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Posted by Andy Adams on April 10, 2013 - 4:38pm
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SHOP stands for "Small Business Health Options Program."  It is intended to be part of the health exchanges opening next year at an internet URL near you (either your state or the federally-facilitated exchange ("FFE")).  The SHOP is meant for employers with less than 100 employees, though states will be able to restrict that number to less than 50 until 2017.

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Posted by Andy Adams on April 10, 2013 - 3:33pm
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It's only 21 pages!  Simple no?  This is only the beginning.  Check out the portion of the application that the employer has to complete.  

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Posted by Andy Adams on April 10, 2013 - 3:08pm
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OOOOOOOOOOOKLAHOMA!  Sorry, I bet the good folks North of the Red River get that way too much.  If you are hanging in Lawton, OK tomorrow or happen to be near one the twelve satelite locations receiving the data feed from Lawton, don't miss my hour long talk on what the Affordable Care Act has in store for employers!  You can RSVP here.

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Posted by Andy Adams on March 28, 2013 - 8:54am
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In January, we questioned whether the ACA would force insurance carriers to eliminate their "participation rate" requirements.  These are rules that carriers have put in place to guard against adverse selection (i.e., what happens when only the sick people sign up for the health insurance).

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Posted by Andy Adams on March 25, 2013 - 10:53am
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Greetings comrades!  The Affordable Care Act is not going away.  If you have been putting off getting up to speed on its requirements, this is the place to start.  This is also the place to stay up to date on what is coming next.

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