Healthcare Reform Updates

ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn
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On March 24th, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act—their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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ACA Reporting Made Easy ACA Reporting Made Easy
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Our ACA Manager is a powerful but simple tool that makes the necessary 1094-C & 1095-C reporting as easy as ABC!

IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2017 IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2017
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The IRS announced the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2017.

House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills
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Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process.
News

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American Heart Association


Kaiser Permanente

  • Kaiser Permanente Awards Grants to Support Healthy Lifestyles on Oahu and Maui July 13, 2018
    HONOLULU, Hawaii — Kaiser Permanente has awarded $82,700 in community benefit grants to Age-Friendly Cities (via fiscal agent Adult Friends for Youth) and YMCA Maui for their programs promoting healthy lifestyles and community engagement. Age-Friendly Cities received $57,700 for its Kind2Kupuna program, an initiative to develop age-friendly businesses that p […]
    Tammy Marchi
  • A Farmers Market on Wheels July 13, 2018
    When you think of the kind of food you might find on a food truck, kale, carrots, and strawberries probably don’t come to mind. But that’s what you’ll find onboard the Freshest Cargo truck. Freshest Cargo is a mobile farmers market that serves 12 San Francisco Bay Area cities. It’s a program of the nonprofit Fresh Approach. Watch […] The post A Farmers Marke […]
    Tammy Marchi
  • Kaiser Permanente Weigh and Win™ Reaches 100,000 Enrollments July 11, 2018
    DENVER — Kaiser Permanente Weigh and Win™, Colorado’s free community wellness program, has been helping — and incenting — participants to achieve a healthy weight since 2011. The program has now reached a new milestone, enrolling 100,000 Coloradans across the state. Kaiser Permanente Weigh and Win, a technology-based wellness program, has expanded throughout […]
    Tammy Marchi
  • How Patients, Families Help Improve Their Care July 11, 2018
    Several years ago, a team of Kaiser Permanente caregivers from Northern California noticed that patients who were in for nuclear stress testing were showing signs of anxiety. Getting stressed about the test — a moderately invasive procedure that uses radioactive dye and an imaging machine to create pictures showing blood flow to the heart — […] The post How […]
    Tammy Marchi
  • Kaiser Permanente Physician Recognized for LGBTQ Advocacy July 10, 2018
    Jay Bachicha, MD, a Kaiser Permanente physician in Union City, California, was awarded the LGBTQ+ Leadership Award by the California chapter of the National Diversity Council for his longtime advocacy for the LGBTQ community. The award, presented June 20 at the inaugural LGBTQ+ Allies Diversity Summit, recognizes Dr. Bachicha’s work in the community, as a [… […]
    Tammy Marchi
  • International Program Inspires Global Health Care Leaders July 10, 2018
    High-tech facilities. Integrated health care. Environmentally friendly hospital design. These are just a few groundbreaking successes that health care leaders from around the globe hope to see when they take part in a program designed to showcase Kaiser Permanente’s operations and care delivery approach.  “I’m hoping to get a glimpse of Kaiser Permanente’s ‘ […]
    Tammy Marchi
  • Partners of Newly Diagnosed Diabetes Patients More Likely to Adopt Healthy Behaviors July 9, 2018
    OAKLAND, Calif. — Partners of people with newly diagnosed diabetes are more likely to improve their health behaviors than partners of people without the disease, according to a large new Kaiser Permanente study published today in Annals of Family Medicine. “When a person is diagnosed with diabetes it could be a ‘teachable moment’ to encourage […] The post Pa […]
    Tammy Marchi
  • Kaiser Permanente Again Named Best Place to Work for People With Disabilities July 9, 2018
    For the second straight year, Kaiser Permanente earned a top-ranking score of 100 on the 2018 Disability Equality Index and was named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion. The DEI is administered by two of the leading U.S. disability organizations — the American Association of People With Disabilities and the U.S. Business Leadership Network […] The […]
    Tammy Marchi

Medicare.Gov Blog

  • Take charge, get tested for HIV June 27, 2018
    Did you know that 1 in 7 of the more than 1.1 million Americans living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they have it? Getting medical care, support, and maintaining safe behaviors can help improve the health and lives of people living with HIV. Medicare can help. Medicare covers HIV screenings for people with […]
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Travelling abroad? Check your health coverage first! June 12, 2018
    If you’re travelling abroad, there’s a lot to do before you leave. There are suitcases to pack, an itinerary to plan, and perhaps a passport to renew. We want you to have a fun, relaxing trip—so don’t forget to include health coverage on your to-do list. If you have Original Medicare, Medicare covers your health […]
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Even “healthy” guys need health screenings June 1, 2018
    Are you the type of guy who puts off doing a task and later wishes he’d just done it? Do you think that if you don’t feel ill, then everything must be fine? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened for prostate […]
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Choose health, not tobacco May 31, 2018
    Are you or a loved one hooked on tobacco? Make May 31—named by the World Health Organization as World “No Tobacco” Day—your starting point to kick the habit. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 1 in every 10 adult deaths. Join the millions who’ve found a good reason to […]
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Not getting quality care? We want to know. May 23, 2018
    If you don’t think you’re getting high-quality care, you have the right to file a complaint. When you’re unhappy with the quality of your health care, it’s often useful to talk about your concerns with whoever gave you the care. But, if you don’t want to talk to that person or need more help, you […]
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Protect yourself from hepatitis with Medicare May 7, 2018
    Did you know that hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus, kills nearly 1.4 million people worldwide every year? Hepatitis is contagious. The Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. People can also get infected by coming in contact with a contaminated […]
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Stroke recovery—Medicare can help May 7, 2018
    Did you know that more than half a million people over the age of 65 suffer a stroke each year? If you’re recovering from a stroke and suffering major side effects, like problems with hearing or vision, paralysis, balance problems, or difficulty walking or moving around in daily life, Medicare covers rehabilitation services to help […]
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Look out for your new Medicare card! May 2, 2018
    Keep an eye on your mailbox—Medicare is sending new cards with new Medicare numbers to people with Medicare. Mailing has started in certain states and will continue over the next few months nationwide. Your new Medicare card will include a new number unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. This will help to […]
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

National Association of Health Underwriters

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Society for Human Resource Managment

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