Supreme Court to Take Up Health Care Law Next Week

March 21, 2012

Six hours of oral argument over three days will commence next Monday, March 26, in the U.S. Supreme Court in cases challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Court will consider the minimum coverage requirement provision (also called the individual mandate), Anti-Injunction Act issues, Medicaid issues and severability...


HHS Releases Rules on Health Exchanges

March 14, 2012

he Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday released its final rule to implement the new Affordable Insurance Exchanges including Small Business Health Options Programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).


Administration Files Supreme Court Brief on ACA

January 10, 2012

On Jan. 7, 2012, the administration filed its brief in the Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of the minimum coverage requirement provision (also called the individual mandate)of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In its brief, the administration argued that Congress had authority under the Commerce and Necessary and Proper clauses...


NSBA President Testifies on Health Insurance Tax Credit

November 16, 2011

National Small Business Association (NSBA) President Todd McCracken testified on Tuesday, Nov. 15 before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight on the small-business tax credit as passed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In his testimony, McCracken pointed to various problems with the tax credit, including its complexity,...


CLASS Act Long-Term Care Program Facing Repeal

October 19, 2011

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010.  The CLASS Act would create a voluntary program that would provide long-term care for seniors in exchange for premiums paid by beneficiaries.  The law requires that it be...


NSBA to File Comments on HHS Exchange Regulations

September 27, 2011

NSBA filed comments Sept. 28 on the proposed regulations on health insurance exchanges from the Department Health and Human Services (HHS). In its comments, NSBA argued that state and regional flexibility is important because health insurance markets are far from uniform around the country. NSBA went on to suggest specific language that would enhance...


New Health Care Regs, Court Rulings

August 17, 2011

The last week has been a busy one in the world of health care reform. On Friday, a federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) individual mandate unconstitutional. Also late last week, health care grants were issued, and three new regulations were released...


Health Insurance Tax Impacting Hiring

August 2, 2011

According to two recent reports, the  Health Insurance Tax (HIT) provision included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as a pay-for, is poised to impact two million small businesses beginning in 2014. As previously reported, NSBA has been urging the repeal of the HIT, as it represents a similar, unfair burden...


Details on Health Exchange Regs

July 27, 2011

As previously reported, the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) proposed regulations governing the development of health insurance exchanges. The 224-page proposal was published in the Federal Register on July 15, and comments are due Sept. 28. NSBA is continuing to study and evaluate the rules, and will submit...


Health Exchange Regulations Forthcoming

July 13, 2011

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a set of rules to govern the development of health insurance exchanges.  Starting in 2014, these exchanges will be available to small businesses and individuals to shop for health insurance, learn about tax credits and other premium assistance, and...