Trump Administration Releases Rules on Association Health Plans

    The U.S. Department of Labor has released the final rule that will expand access to association health plans (AHPs). AHPs would allow small businesses to band together through a trade association to purchase health insurance across state lines.

    President Trump Signs Executive Order Allowing Association Health Plans

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on October 12 to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), allowing small businesses to band together through a trade association to buy health insurance.

    An Overview of Two Health Insurance Options for Small Employers

    In response to requests from member booksellers, the American Booksellers Association has identified two possible health insurance options for small employers.

    BTW News Briefs

    Dana Canedy named administrator of Pulitzer Prizes; Indigo Books & Music may expand to U.S.; Status of Affordable Care Act repeal vote uncertain; Celadon Books to launch; Staff changes at S&S Books for Young Readers, Harvard University Press, The Feminist Press; Hugh M. Hefner Foundation award winners, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize longlist, International Thriller Writers’ award winners announced; Little Free Library wins WNBA’s Second Century Prize

    House Passes Health Care Bill

    In the wake of the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act of 2017, health care reform moves to the Senate; however, the Small Business Majority and others are urging Congress to drop the bill.

    GOP Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Might Be Stalled

    Sen. Rand Paul has urged the Republican majority in Congress to only repeal the Affordable Care Act when a replacement is ready.

    What’s New for the Health Care Marketplace in 2016

    Bookstore owners and managers can head to HealthCare.gov at any time during the year to see what health care plans they can offer to their employees.

    President Signs Healthcare Amendment Into Law

    On October 7, President Obama signed into law an amendment to the Affordable Care Act that leaves it up to states to determine whether businesses with 51–100 employees will be included in their small group markets in 2016.

    Health Care “Fix” Meets with Mixed Reactions From Retail Groups

    The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act, a bill that amends the Affordable Care Act, has passed the U.S. House and Senate. If signed by the President, the legislation would give states the right to determine what size business constitutes a “small business.”

    President Hails Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act Subsidies

    On June 27, in his weekly address, President Obama said the Supreme Court decision to uphold a crucial provision in the Affordable Care Act, which allows individuals in states with federally run health insurance exchanges to receive a tax credit, means the law is “here to stay.”

    Tax Time: Does Your Business Qualify for a Health Care Tax Credit?

    Booksellers who have been providing health insurance to their employees should remember that the Affordable Care Act includes federal tax credits for small businesses.

    Health Insurance Exchanges Reopen Beginning November 15

    The Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges for individuals and small businesses are slated to reopen for open enrollment on Saturday, November 15. This enrollment period will mark the first time that Small Business Health Options Programs will be available online for businesses in all states.

    HealthCare.gov SHOP Exchanges to Be Tested in Five States

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will test the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP Exchanges), the health insurance exchange for small businesses, with a soft launch in late October in Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio.

    Two Courts, Two Rulings: But Health Care Subsidies Will Continue for Now

    On Tuesday, July 22, two legal challenges to provisions for health care subsidies in the Affordable Care Act resulted in contradictory rulings from federal appeals courts.

    IRS: Employer Cannot Reimburse Employees Pre-Tax to Buy Through Exchanges

    The IRS has issued a notice stressing that employers that reimburse their employees pre-tax for premiums under a Health Reimbursement Account to pay for insurance in a health exchange could be subject to a fine of $100 per day per employee.

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