Despite Massachusetts Vote, Health Care Reform Still Coming (More Unpredictably)

January 20, 2010 - by: HR Hero 4 COMMENTS

By Michael Leahy

With news of Republican Scott Brown’s victory in a special election held to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s term, many employers are wondering what the future holds for health care reform. The answer is, it’s still coming.

Last year, the Senate and House each passed their own health care reform bills with significant differences. Typically, the next step would be for the House and Senate to reconcile their two bills. Although Brown supports the 2006 Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act, he opposes both the House and Senate health care reform bills and is expected to become the crucial 41st Republican vote, enabling the minority party to filibuster any reconciled bill that comes before the Senate. Earlier Wednesday, the President announced that the Senate won’t rush to pass a reconciled bill before Brown is seated. However, despite reports to the contrary, health care reform clearly isn’t dead. Democrats are still weighing a number of options.

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White House, Organized Labor Reportedly Make Deal on ‘Cadillac’ Tax

January 15, 2010 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

The White House reportedly reached a deal with organized labor on Thursday over the controversial “Cadillac” tax found in the U.S. Senate’s health care reform bill. The original provision in the Senate’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) creates a tax on employer-sponsored high-end “Cadillac” coverage. Under the original provision, the tax would have been 40 percent of the “excess benefit” of plans that exceed the thresholds of $8,500 for individual coverage and $23,000 for family coverage.

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Amended Senate Health Care Reform Bill: What It Means for Employers

December 30, 2009 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

Employers are still trying to understand how the U.S. Senate’s Christmas present to the nation — a 2,074 page health care reform bill topped with a 383-page manager’s amendment — will affect them and their employees. (During a highly unusual Christmas Eve session, the Senate passed the bill in a 60-39 party-line vote.) Before the managers amendment was added, the bill was predicted to bury employers in paperwork. When Congress returns in January, members of both houses will work in a conference committee to iron out the differences in the health care reform bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. So, although we don’t know yet exactly what will be included in the bill that comes out of the conference committee, many predict that the Senate bill will be the backbone of the consolidated bill, and we already know it places many issues affecting employers on the table.

How does the manager’s amendment affect employers?
The manager’s amendment revises the original Senate health care reform bill to include the compromises and alterations that were required to obtain the 60 votes needed to pass the legislation.  Among other things, it affects employers by: read more…

How the Senate Health Care Bill Could Bury Employers in Paperwork

December 10, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Employers may need to prepare for an avalanche of paperwork if the U.S. Senate’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) passes Congress in its current form (or a similar form). The comprehensive 2,074-page health care reform bill, if passed, would impose many additional burdens on employers.

Changes to Health Plans
Employers would be required to change several things about their current health plans under the U.S. Senate bill. More specifically, among other things, they would have to amend their plans to: read more…

Employers May Reduce Health Benefits to Avoid ‘Cadillac Tax’ in Senate Bill

December 04, 2009 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

According to a new survey by Mercer, a global consulting firm, 63% of the employers surveyed would cut health benefits to avoid paying the “Cadillac tax” found in the U.S. Senate’s health care reform bill. Twenty-three percent of employers said they would keep their current plan but pass along the new cost to their employees, and only 2% of employers would keep their plan and take the cost hit themselves. Additionally, 7% of employers said they would terminate their current plan, and 5% would use some other measure to respond to the excise tax.

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Senate Health Care Reform Bill’s Impact on Employers

November 19, 2009 - by: HR Hero 8 COMMENTS

After weeks of negotiating, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) finally unveiled a highly anticipated health care reform bill Wednesday night called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The 2,074-page bill is a combination of two different health care reform bills approved by Senate committees earlier this year. Reid revealed the Senate bill less than two weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of health care reform legislation by a slim 220-215 margin.

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House Passes Momentous Health Care Reform Legislation

November 08, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

In a 220-215 vote, House Democrats passed a controversial health care reform bill with only one Republican voting for the legislation. The Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) is a combination of three different health care reform bills approved by House committees this summer and is 1,990 pages with a 42-page manager’s amendment.

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House Health Reform Bill’s Impact on Employers

November 03, 2009 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 16: COBRA Subsidy Extension Provisions Likely to Be Enacted As Part of DOD Appropriations Act

By Ashley Gillihan and John Hickman

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Senate Finance Committee Approves Health Care Reform Bill

October 13, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

In a 14-9 vote, the Senate Finance Committee has approved Senator Max Baucus’ health care reform bill, titled America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009. All the Democrats on the committee and only one Republican voted for the legislation. Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican from Maine who helped work on the bill and whose vote has been the subject of much speculation, voted in favor of the legislation. She specified, however, that her vote is no indication of how she will vote on future versions of health care reform legislation.

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Obama Outlines Health Care Reform Plan; Final Senate Bill Close to Completion

September 10, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Since Congress returned from its recess this week, all eyes and attention have returned to health care reform. A framework for a potential bipartisan health care reform bill was made public this week. And President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress, outlining his plan for health care reform, though Republicans generally remain wary of the potential costs and scope of government control.

Audio Conference: Health Care Reform Is Here: Impact and Answers for Employers offered April 22, May 6 and May 20

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