Text of Integrated Version of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as Amended by Reconciliation Bill (PDF)
907 pages. Excerpt: "This print is of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act . . . consolidating the amendments made by title X of the Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 . . . . This document has been prepared by the House Office of the Legislative Counsel (HOLC) for the use of its attorneys and its clients; it is not an official document of the House of Representatives or its committees . . . ."
(U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Legislative Counsel)
IRS Releases Average Premiums for Determining Small Business Health Care Credit
Excerpt: "The amount of the [tax] credit [in some cases] is based on a percentage of . . . the amount of nonelective contributions the employer would have paid under the arrangement if each such employee were enrolled in a plan that had a premium equal to the average premium for the small group market in the state (or in an area in the state) in which the employer is offering health insurance coverage. . . . [Rev. Rul. 2010-13] provides a table setting forth the average premium for the small group market in each state for the 2010 tax year . . . ."
(Journal of Accountancy)
The New Health Reform Law and Private Insurance
Excerpt: "[This recorded April 30 webcast] dealt with how the new health reform law affects access to private coverage. A range of specific provisions were covered, including the new federal high-risk pools, tax credits for small businesses, health insurance exchanges, the individual mandate, and employer obligations."
(Alliance for Health Reform)
Parsing the New Law on Long-Term Care
Excerpt: "The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, or Class Act, the first national plan to help the great majority of Americans who have no insurance for long-term care, became law in March."
(New York Times; free registration required)
Obama Plans to Provide Businesses $5 Billion for Retiree Health
Excerpt: "President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about the program today in Washington at an appearance before the Business Council and companies will be able to start tapping the funds on June 1, according to a statement provided by an administration official."
$5 Billion Healthcare Subsidy Expected from Federal Government
The Obama administration is preparing to announce a large subsidy of $5 billion for employers to pay for the cost of retiree healthcare, according to an anonymous source who spoke to the Associated Press.
(AP via New York Times; free registration required)
Many Health Plans Not 'Affordable'
Excerpt: "Many companies could run afoul of the mandate to provide affordable health-care plans, says a new study [by Mercer]."
How Genetic Testing May Spot Disease Risk
Excerpt: "The tests, now taking off at a number of leading research hospitals, remain controversial amid debate over whether the information they yield will lead to improved outcomes and justify the additional cost."
(Wall Street Journal)
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