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Bill Risks Higher Health Premiums for Millions

June 21, 2016

The House is slated to consider a bill tomorrow that could cause over 100,000 modest-income people to forgo health coverage and boost premiums for millions more — to pay for expanding health tax breaks that mainly benefit high-income people.

Under health reform, people receive advance premium tax...


Grace Period for Marketplace Premiums Strikes Right Balance

June 14, 2016

Marketplace enrollees can’t “game” health reform’s grace period for premium payments to get 12 months of coverage while paying only nine months of premiums, despite claims at last week’s House hearing. 

The grace period gives an enrollee 90 days to catch up after a missed...

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Proposal Raises Financial Risk for Health Reform Subsidy Recipients

March 14, 2016

The House Ways and Means Committee will consider a proposal this week that would cause up to a quarter of a million people with low or modest incomes to forgo health coverage, lead to higher premiums for millions of others, and possibly weaken the health insurance marketplaces, as we explain in a...


Non-Filers Can Still Act to Continue Health Care Subsidies

October 28, 2015

Marketplace enrollees who received a premium tax credit last year to help them afford health coverage but haven’t filed a 2014 tax return showing that they got the right amount can still act to keep their subsidies for 2016 coverage. 

People who receive the tax credit must file a tax return for that year to compare (or “reconcile”) the credit they received in advance based on their ...

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Repealing Employer Mandate Would Weaken Job-Based Coverage, Increase Uninsured

September 28, 2015

The House Ways and Means Committee will consider budget reconciliation legislation this week to repeal health reform’s requirement that employers with more than 50 full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees provide affordable, comprehensive coverage to their workers or pay a penalty.  Without this requirement,...

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What Tax Preparers Need to Know About Health Reform

February 12, 2015

Our new Tax Preparer’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act explains the ACA’s coverage requirements, how they affect tax returns, and the new forms that taxpayers will need to complete.  It includes examples and practical tips on how to approach the ACA-...