Yearly Archives: 2012

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – December 27, 2012

  The extended deadline for states to submit plans to run their own insurance exchanges is now behind us. A total of 18 states submitted blueprints to run their own exchanges. The 32 remaining states have until February 15, 2013 to indicate

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – December 12, 2012

  As the year’s end approaches, the Hill is a flurry of activity with representatives from various health groups trying to ensure that whatever solution Congress finds to the fiscal cliff problems does not negatively affect them and those they

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Infrastructure Alert – December 11, 2012

    On November 27, President Obama signed S.1956, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011, into law.  The law allows the Department of Transportation to exempt U.S. airlines from the carbon tax imposed by the EU. 

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Alternative Minimum Tax: 3-Point Bulletin

What is the AMT? The Alternative Minimum Tax is a flat income tax with two brackets, 26% for individuals and 28% for married couples, that does not allow certain deductions for dependents, medical expenses, or state or local taxes. Taxpayers

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – December 4, 2012

HHS is quickly moving to implement the Affordable Care Act.  Rules are out in the past two weeks that charge insurance companies to participate in federal exchanges, prohibit discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, detail essential health benefit requirements, and expand

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Sequestration: 3-Point Bulletin

What is budget sequestration? Budget sequestration, commonly referred to as simply “sequestration” or the “sequester,” is the sweeping automatic, mandatory, across-the-board federal spending cuts that will occur on January 2. Sequestration will cut over $100 billion out of the FY2013

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Medicaid Expansion 3-Point Bulletin

  What is Medicaid expansion and why does it matter? The Affordable Care Act greatly expanded the Medicaid program. Under the law, beginning in 2014, anyone 133 percent above the federal poverty line would qualify for Medicaid. This differs from the pre-ACA

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Election Behind Us: Looking Ahead to the Fiscal Cliff and 2013

The balance of power in Washington remains intact: control of the White House and Congress remains as it was prior to the election. Notwithstanding that balance of power, we are NOT in a status quo political environment. There are two

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Your Home and Business After Hurricane Sandy: 3-Point Bulletin

The Importance of Evaluating Property and Making a Plan A natural disaster can leave you and your business mired in financial uncertainty and insecurity. Assessing conditions, values, and assistance need is critical to both short- and long-term recovery. Below are

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Medicaid Expansion 3-Point Bulletin

What is Medicaid expansion and why does it matter? The Affordable Care Act greatly expanded the Medicaid program.  Under the law, beginning in 2014, anyone 133 percent above the federal poverty line would qualify for Medicaid.  This differs from the

Posted in Articles, Washington, D.C.
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