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IRS Releases Further Guidance on COBRA Continuation Coverage

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The IRS recently issued a notice that further clarifies the usage of Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage as amended via the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Health Carriers Are Benefiting From The ACA

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Several health carriers are experiencing growth because of the recent Affordable Care Act advancements. Most notably is CVS Health Corp. and its affiliated health insurance business, Aetna.

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CMS Proposed Rule to Provide Greater Access to ACA Coverage

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The Biden administration is yet again making strides to bolster the Affordable Care Act. This time, it’s through a proposed rule that aims to strengthen the ACA’s federal and state health exchanges.

Court Case Challenges ACA’s Free Preventative Care

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In the series of legal challenges against the ACA, the latest is an attack on free preventative care and it just may undermine significant advancements made to the U.S. healthcare system. The plaintiffs in the court case Kelley v.

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How You Can Win the Fight for Workers Against the Odds

In the world of behavioral and home health, where staff turnover is already high, businesses need to do 3 things especially well to win. Download the guide to discover how to attract reliable candidates to grow your business.

Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

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3 minute read. Without the proper tools or subject matter expertise, tackling the responsibilities of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate on your own can be overwhelming. .

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IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods Help Avoid ACA Penalties

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4 minute read. The Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions (ESRP) under the Affordable Care Act may seem straightforward, but, in reality, complying with them can be challenging and time-consuming.

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ACA Common Sense Reporting Act Likely to Increase Complexity

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A bill known as the Common Sense Reporting Act could fundamentally change the way employers report their ACA information to the IRS annually if it is signed into law. .

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ACA Special Enrollment Period Garners 1 Million Signups

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3 min read. President Biden’s special enrollment period has already generated 1 million additional signups on the federal ACA health exchange.

How to Handle ACA Filing Corrections With the IRS

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3 minute read: If you found yourself in a situation where you received receipt of your ACA information returns for 2020 with a status of “Accepted with Errors,” you’re not alone and you need to make filing corrections.

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Your Team's Pragmatic Guide to Security

Speaker: Naresh Soni, CTO, Tsunami XR

The pandemic has led to new data vulnerabilities, and therefore new cybersecurity threats. As technology leaders, it's time to rethink some of your product security strategies. Whether you need to rework your security architecture, improve performance, and/or deal with new threats, this webinar has you covered.

IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

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4 minute read: How exactly do employers prove to the IRS that the healthcare plans they are offering to their workforce are affordable under the Affordable Care Act ?

[UPDATE] What Employers Need to Know About the Employee Retention Credit

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3 minute read: The latest IRS Notice 2021-23 provides additional rules on the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) with respect to quarter one and quarter two of the 2021 tax year. .

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ACA Navigators to Receive Additional Funding For 2022

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The Biden administration is making sure that the upcoming open enrollment period is a successful one. Most recently the administration announced that it will be increasing funding for ACA navigators.

HHS Lowers Cost-Sharing Reduction Limits for 2022

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently made available an FAQ specifying the cost-sharing reduction limits (CSR) for the 2022 tax year.

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Product Transformation: Adapting Your Solutions for Cloud Models

Speaker: Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant

In order to maintain a competitive advantage, CTOs and product managers are shifting their products to the cloud. Many do this by simply replicating their current architectures in the cloud. Those previous architectures, which were optimized for transactional systems, aren't well-suited for the new age of AI. Whether you're a seasoned CTO or an industry trailblazer, this webinar will help make your product ready to meet the competition by adopting an architecture that is optimized for AI innovation. Join Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant, and learn how to adapt your solutions for cloud models the right way.

How The Raise the Wage Act Could Impact ACA Compliance

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3 minute read: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report last month that outlines the budgetary effects on American employment if the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 is enacted.

Avoid These Compliance Triggers to Minimize ACA Penalty Risk

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It’s become abundantly clear that the IRS is ramping its enforcement of tax compliance. With Biden requesting additional funding for the agency, employers should note that as part of increased enforcement efforts, IRS penalties under the ACA’s Employer Mandate will be increasing as well.

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ACA State Reporting Deadline for California is May 31

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3 min read. May 31 is the deadline for self-insured employers and health insurance carriers to submit applicable ACA information to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) for the 2020 tax year.

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Taxpayers (Including Employers) Have the Right to the Challenge IRS

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3 minute read: The IRS has a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which includes a section stating every taxpayer’s “right to challenge the IRS’s position and be heard.” These fundamental rights apply to all taxpayers, including employers, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. .

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Frontline Call Center Partners with VBurchett Consulting to Improve Patients' Experiences

Frontline Call Center and VBurchett Consulting are joining forces in modern patient care with a new patient engagement center that utilizes telemedicine.

California Individual Mandate Final Regulations Have Been Updated

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3 minute read: The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has released detailed information pertaining to the state’s Individual Mandate as the furnishing deadline for self-insured employers draws near. The details apply to special rules regarding dependents, penalty exemptions, and gaps in coverage.

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Don’t Forget The New 1095-C Codes Specific to The 2020 Tax Year

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2 minute read: Every year Applicable Large Employers (“ALEs”) must file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS and furnish Forms 1095-C to employees considered full-time under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).

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ACA Improvements to Expect from the Biden Administration

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3 minute read: The inauguration welcoming president-elect Joe Biden to the White House is imminent and with the recent shift in majority control of the Senate, we can expect a number of advancements to the Affordable Care Act to follow.

Recapping The ACA’s Special Enrollment Period

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August 15 was the deadline for Biden’s federal special enrollment period. Preliminary data finds over 2.5 million Americans opted to receive healthcare coverage. Of the 2.5 million, 1.8

Improve Onboarding with User-Centered Design

Speaker: Dr. Kate Wolin, Founder, Circea

In the age of social distancing, digital onboarding is becoming essential to any program. This is especially true for medical practices, where the threat of the pandemic is the most real. As consultations are being digitized, so are the process in which new patients are processed and appointments are being scheduled. Practices with compelling onboarding experiences are the ones who will ultimately succeed in the pandemic area and beyond. Join Dr. Kate Wolin, founder of Circea, for an overview of behavioral science and the evidence-based strategies that can be used to support patient engagement. She will also review how a patient-centered design strategy can be used to evaluate and refine onboarding processes.

2021 Dates for ACA Reporting

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3 minute read: The new year is here, and with it a laundry list of items to be sure your organization has a handle on, including ACA reporting with the IRS.

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Understanding ACA Forms 1094-C/1095-C

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Employers required to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate must report their full-time employee’s healthcare information to the IRS annually via forms 1094-C and 1095-C, but what exactly are these forms?

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Minimize Penalties with ACA Best Practices for the Holiday Season

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3 minute read: With the New Year around the corner, employers should begin preparing their ACA Forms 1094-C and 1095-C if they haven’t already begun to do so.

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Good-Faith No Longer Good Enough to Avoid IRS Penalties

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2 minute read: IRS Notice 2020-76 provided for a 30-day extension for the furnishing deadline of IRS Forms 1095-C and extended “Good-Faith Relief” from penalties under IRC Sections 6721 and 6722 for the 2020 reporting year. With that good news came some bad news.

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Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.

2021 IRS Deadlines to Avoid ACA Penalties

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2 minute read: Every year Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must file and furnish their ACA information to the IRS and their employees, respectively. Failing to do so can result in significant IRS penalty assessments.

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IRS to Require Reporting of ICHRAs on Tax Forms for 2020

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2 minute read: An Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA) can be beneficial for employers and employees alike. According to HealthCare.gov, employers can “control costs by providing defined non-taxed reimbursements to employees for qualified health insurance costs.”

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The ACA’s Future Hangs in the Balance

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3 min read. The Supreme Court case in which the Justices consider whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional without the Individual Mandate will see a judicial decision any day now. .

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Form 1095-C Deadline Approaching, Employers Avoid Penalties

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2 minute read: “What exactly is Form 1095-C?” It’s a question that employers often ask when they’re first introduced to the responsibilities of the ACA’s Employer Mandate.

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Big Idea: Primary Care Automation

Healthcare automation that gives primary care providers more time with their patients—and less on screens—can improve care for patients, increase satisfaction for providers, and deliver positive bottom-line results for system leaders. Download this guide to learn how to optimize automation and keep the patient-provider relationship at the heart of the healthcare experience.

IRS Releases New ACA Filing Information for the 2020 Tax Year

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2 minute read: The IRS has published various Affordable Care Act Information Returns (AIRs) documents for the 2020 tax year with which employers will need to familiarize themselves before electronically filing for this year.

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What California Residents Need to Know About the Individual Mandate

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2 minute read: This year will mark the first year that California residents will face a new reality of the Individual Mandate.

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CA AB2257 and Its Impact on ACA and Pay Equity Compliance

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2 minute read: California’s AB 5 has forever changed how employers work with freelance workers; that much is certain. A new bill, however, may provide relief for employers that work with certain types of freelance workers.

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ACA Penalties Among IRS Critical Activities

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3 minute read: On December 1, 2020, the IRS announced updates to the services it will be processing as a part of its mission-critical functions. Among the processes are ACA employer mandate penalty assessments.

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Virtual Front Door or Brick Wall? Care Pathways in Healthcare

Are you offering your patients a virtual front door or a brick wall? Today, 85% of healthcare visits start online. If your patients don’t have a way to access care virtually, you’re losing them to Dr. Google. Clear care pathways that start online ensure your patients get the best care they need while staying loyal to you.