University of Nebraska Medical Center

Category: Health Policy

Individual Mandate – What you need to know

The Obama administration announced final regulations implementing the requirement that most Americans have health insurance coverage by Jan. 1 or pay a fine. When filing 2014 taxes in 2015, individuals must indicate on their returns if they have health insurance coverage and, if not, pay a fine. The individual penalty is the greater of $95 […]

Aug 28, 2013

IRS Launches Website on ACA

  Last Thursday, the IRS launched a website featuring information about ACA tax-related provisions, providing public information about premium tax credits, employer mandates, and tax exemption for insurance companies A link to the IRS website on the ACA is here

Aug 26, 2013

How States Have Responded to Health Reform

  The Washington Post created an extremely helpful graphic to show how states have responded to health reform. It shows which states challenged the ACA in court, whether they chose to implement a state based health insurance marketplace, and where they stand on Medicaid expansion. See the graphic here.

Aug 26, 2013

A Limit on Consumer Costs Is Delayed in Health Care Law

  A little publicized delay in one of the key affordability provisions of the ACA has recently been discovered. The Obama administration delayed the provision for 1 year that would place a limit on out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and co-payments. The limit on out of pocket costs was not supposed to exceed $6,350 for an […]

Aug 22, 2013

States Use Out-Of-The-Box Approaches To Raise Awareness Of Health Exchanges

    With the impending launch of health insurance marketplaces in October, several states that opted to run their own marketplace are launching innovative advertising and outreach efforts. The launch of these marketplaces may be one of the biggest (in terms of expenditures) public outreach campaigns we have seen in decades. Read this story which […]

Aug 22, 2013

Health Law Adds New Expense For Farmers

  There is very serious concern about the Affordable Care Act, especially among businesses. Many employers are trying to estimate the impact the law’s mandate that employers provide coverage to full time employees will have on their bottom line. Likely, the effect will vary depending on the specific situation of each business, in particular the […]

Aug 21, 2013

Four companies to compete for the uninsured in Nebraska

The federally run health insurance marketplace that will begin operation October 1 in Nebraska will likely have at least 4 insurers. The companies are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, which already has the biggest share of the state’s health insurance market; Coventry Health Care of Bethesda, Md., which already competes in Nebraska; CoOportunity, […]

Aug 21, 2013