Health Care Tax Credit to Increase in 2014

    With the new year, the Affordable Care Act’s health care tax credit for small businesses will increase from 35 percent to a maximum of 50 percent. The credit is meant to encourage small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to begin offering health insurance coverage to their employees or to maintain the coverage they already have.

    White House Delays Online SHOP Enrollment Again

    Late last week, the White House announced that it was delaying by one year online enrollment in the federally operated Small Business Health Options (SHOP) health insurance exchanges.

    Health Care Reform in the News

    As the White House continues to address problems on the Affordable Care Act website, local health care navigators have told Reuters that they are seeing gradual improvements on HealthCare.gov.

    White House Addresses Health Care Website’s Shaky Launch

    The numerous problems with HealthCare.gov prompted a press event on Monday by President Obama to address concerns, and Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to delay the individual mandate by a year. In addition, House Republicans have scheduled a hearing to find out why the site was launched before it was ready.

    Health Care Reform for Bookstores With Locations in More than One State

    While the rollout of HealthCare.gov continues, bookstore owners with locations in more than one state can explore a couple of options for employee coverage.

    Presentation on Affordable Care Act Posted on BookWeb

    As the Health Insurance Marketplaces opened for business, ABA made available on BookWeb the PowerPoint presentation “The Affordable Care Act: What the Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business,” an overview that is being presented at ABA’s education session at each of the fall regional trade shows.

    Federal Online Health Insurance Enrollment for Small Businesses Delayed for One Month

    At press time, national media outlets were reporting that the Obama administration was delaying by one month online enrollment in the federally operated Small Business Health Options (SHOP) health insurance exchanges. Businesses can still enroll via fax, mail, or phone beginning October 1.

    PNBA, NEIBA & MPIBA to Close the Trade Show Season

    ABA and the Small Business Majority will present “Health Care Reform and the Bookstore: How It Affects You Now” at the last three trade shows of the fall season: PNBA and NEIBA, both October 6 – 8, and MPIBA, October 10 – 12.

    Health Care Reform: What the Law Means for You Right Now

    With states’ Health Insurance Marketplaces set to open for enrollment on Tuesday, October 1, now is the time for bookstore owners — and employees — to learn how health insurance reform affects them.

    It’s September 19: Did You Notify Your Employees About Health Care Options?

    As part of new regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, all employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to notify their full- and part-time employees by October 1, 2013, regarding the availability of health care coverage, regardless of whether they offer health coverage or not.

    White House Launches Website on Health Care Reform for Businesses

    Earlier this month, the White House announced the launch of a “one-stop-shop” that provides employers with access to information on the Affordable Care Act.

    Small Business Majority Offers Tools for Understanding Health Care Reform

    Initiatives announced this month by the Small Business Majority to help small businesses navigate and make the most of the Affordable Care Act include an online Health Coverage Guide and a series of webinars presented in partnership with the Small Business Administration.

    ABA Education at Regionals to Focus on Health Care Reform

    At each of this year’s fall regional trade shows, the American Booksellers Association, with support from the Small Business Majority, will be offering a timely and informative educational session on the Affordable Health Care Act.

    White House Delays Healthcare Reform’s Employer Responsibility Requirement

    On Tuesday, July 2, the White House announced  a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires employers with more than 50 employees to provide healthcare coverage or pay a penalty. However, the requirement that all citizens acquire health insurance by January 1, 2014, has not changed.

    White House Updates HealthCare.gov in Advance of Health Exchanges

    On Monday, June 24, the Obama Administration announced it had kicked off its Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as exchanges) education effort with a new “consumer-focused” HealthCare.gov website, as well as a 24/7 consumer call center designed to assist Americans in preparing for enrollment in the health exchanges.

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