Affordable Care Act changes


Back in 2014 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into full effect, individuals had six months to enroll. Then the following year, people only had three months; however, the government ended up extending the open enrollment deadline. That year they also assisted people during the tax season who didn’t know or understand why they […]

CMS Shortens the Open Enrollment Period for the 2018 Plan ...


As part of the new stabilization ruling, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have given insurers flexibility in terms of plan design. They’re not restricted to the metal tiers: bronze, silver, gold, platinum. Now, they can create different plans with lower premiums that are still considered qualified health […]

CMS Allows Insurers Plan Flexibility to Lower Premiums


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have included in their recent ruling an incentive to maintain continuous coverage. They’re incentivizing individuals to keep their policy, or rather they’re penalizing people for dropping coverage. If someone goes a few months without coverage, then they’re going to have to pay more […]

Per CMS ruling, Individuals Must Maintain Continuous Coverage



Short-term medical has undergone several changes this year. It used to be available for extended periods of time with the option of renewal every year. However, a new law, which went into effect April 1, 2017, restricted short-term medical plans to three-month coverage periods. In addition to the three-month period, the […]

Short-Term Medical Changes in 2017


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Penalty Exemption #1: Qualified Health Plans According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), anybody who has a qualified health plan is exempt from paying the penalty. A qualified health plan can be one of the following: ACA (on/off-marketplace) Plan Group Health Plan Medicare Medicaid CHIPs V.A. Medi-Share Plans for Alaskan natives and […]

3 Ways to Avoid Paying the Penalty


High risk pools were actually around for about ten to fifteen years prior to the ACA. They were available in the majority of the states. But when President Obama’s healthcare law went into effect, high risk pools went away. However, as the new administration works on reforming the healthcare system, the idea […]

Terms Defined: High Risk Pools



What We Do and Do Not Know about Healthcare Reform Newspapers, social media, websites, news stations are inundated with information regarding healthcare reform under the new administration. Right now, all the information is speculation. Nothing is set in stone. The law has not passed so nobody really knows what will […]

The Uncertainty of Healthcare Reform


Once the key phrase of Trump’s presidential campaign, the mantra “repeal and replace” has now become the primary focus of the Trump administration. However, the GOP has yet to decide on a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. Instead, some are suggesting repairing the healthcare law by shrinking the services insurers are required […]

Obama’s 10 Essential Benefits May Change Under Trump


On Friday, February 17, 2017, the Trump administration released new ACA regulations – their first big step towards healthcare reform and potentially repeal. Among some of the rules include short enrollment period, stricter requirements for SEPs, and more plan flexibility for the insurers. To read a more on the rules […]

What People Are Saying About the New ACA Regulations



The ultimate goal of ACA was to insure more Americans. If the insured rate is the measure of success, then Obamacare succeeded. At least 20 million more people now have health insurance than they did before the law. To improve the uninsured rate, the Obama administration wanted to make it easy for people […]

Trump Administration Announces New ACA Ruling