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What, Exactly, is the Family Glitch?

The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect bill. We knew that from the beginning, and, more than a decade later, there are still a lot of aspects of the massive health care law that could use some improvement. But there’s one provision in particular that, from the beginning, has been referred to as a “glitch.” That’s the provision that blocks most family members from receiving a premium tax credit in the individual market if one of the adults in the household is offered health insurance through his or her employer.

The Enhanced Premium Tax Credits are Substantial

It’s been a few months since the Biden Administration announced the increase in the premium tax credits for individual health plans under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), so hopefully you’re busy helping clients take advantage of the increased financial assistance. If not, we wanted to stress to you just how significant this assistance can be for certain individuals.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds ACA

At long last, we finally have a ruling in the California v. Texas case. And, as expected following the oral arguments back in November—one week after the presidential election—the United States Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. In 7-2 decision, the Court ruled that the plaintiffs in the case did not have standing because, as Larry Levitt with the Kaiser Family Foundation puts it in a tweet following the ruling, they were unable to “demonstrate that they're injured by an individual mandate that has a penalty of zero dollars.” In the ruling from both conservative and liberal justices that, as the Associated Press says, “left the entire law intact,” only Justices Alito and Gorsuch dissented. 

What We Now Know About the ACA’s Future

For years, people have been speculating about the future of the Affordable Care Act:

Who needs an insurance mandate?

It’s now been a full year since the individual mandate penalty was reduced to zero, so we wanted to take a quick look at the impact this change could have on the future of the Affordable Care Act.

ACA decision unlikely before election

On December 18, 2019, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, calling into question the future of the entire law.

The Cadillac Tax is Finally Dead

After years of lobbying by countless interest groups, Congress has finally killed the dreaded Cadillac tax.

A Quick Update on All the Health Insurance Lawsuits

This is a weird time in the United States. Republicans and Democrats are at an impasse on healthcare; they can’t seem to agree on anything. But it’s worse than that. Each side seems to hate anything the other side proposes, and with a divided Congress, it’s pretty clear that we aren’t going to see any major bills to fix the current system anytime soon. None that have a chance at passing, anyway.

What's in Store for the ACA?

A presidential election year can seem like a time of uncertainty. The current President is trying to hang on to his job while other candidates—in this case, a couple dozen other candidates—are busy explaining all the things that they will change if they are able to unseat him. Other elected officials are up for re-election as well, so there are plenty of proposals and promises and criticisms and sound bites. With all of the noise, it’s easy to understand why people are unsure about what will happen in the months and years ahead.

Making Sense of the New ACA Lawsuit

You may have seen the news that the Department of Justice is no longer defending the Affordable Care Act against a challenge that, now that the penalty is being eliminated, the individual mandate is unconstitutional including certain protections for people with pre-existing conditions. We wanted to provide a quick explanation of what’s going on to help you better explain the developments to your clients.

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