Employers' premium surcharges for unvaccinated employees could result in ACA penalties

Employers nationwide are considering vaccine incentives and potential penalties for workers who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19. Recent news coverage indicates that many employers across the country are considering levying premium surcharges for employees who participate in their company’s health care plan and choose to remain unvaccinated. There are many factors under consideration with these kinds of decisions, but there is a potential compliance and fiscal wrinkle that may not always be on radar – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ramifications related to how those surcharges, or penalties, affect the affordability of an employer’s health plans.
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Has health insurance provision affected young adults' living arrangements?

Since September 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has allowed U.S. parents to include their children on their private health insurance plans until the age of 26 years. A study published in Contemporary Economic Policy found that this provision is linked with a higher likelihood that young adults live with their parents.
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WV nonprofit receives million dollar grant from Biden administration

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A West Virginia nonprofit received a grant from the Biden-Harris administration. West Virginia Navigator will receive $1 million each year for three years. Jeremy Smith, Director of West Virginia Navigator, said the new funding will enable them to reach many more people, including typically underserved populations such...
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Stacey Abrams: 'Callous' leadership in these states has left millions of Americans without health coverage

Stacey Abrams is the founder of the Southern Economic Advancement Project. The opinions expressed in this commentary are her own. Throughout the course of the pandemic, we have witnessed inequities ripple across our society, particularly along racial and socioeconomic lines. Most tellingly, this imbalance affects frontline workers — many of whom are people of color — who put their lives and health on the line to keep our communities functioning while risking their families' well-being.

The Zip Code With the Worst Health Insurance Coverage in Every State

The share of Americans under the age of 65 without health insurance fell every year between 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, and 2016, when President Barack Obama left office. Though the U.S. uninsured rate among Americans younger than 65 has inched up over the years since, it remains well below the 17%+ figures in the years leading up to the ACA. Without a universal health care program, most Americans under age 65 receive employer-based health insurance coverage. Under this system, 10.3% of Americans younger than 65, approximately 29 million people, lacked health insurance in 2019 -- and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic put over 22 million Americans out of work. While most of those jobs have since been restored, the official uninsured rate for Americans younger than 65 for 2020 will likely be higher than the 2019 rate. And in some parts of the country, the 2019 rate was already close to or above the higher national uninsured rates of the era before the passing of the ACA. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 24/7 Tempo identified the ZIP code in every state with the worst health insurance coverage. Uninsured rates in some places on this list exceed 50%.

Aditya College of Architecture (ACA) brings its 8th International Design Competition (IDC -2021)

ACA's 8th International Design Competition 2021 with the theme, ‘MONADIC ARCHITECTURE’, an attempt to investigate design outcomes through reintroducing Monadic / Modular architecture in the contemporary domain as an undeniable answer to meet some the rural and urban building needs. IDC 2021 attempts to inculcate this need of the future and encourage young minds to embrace this method of design evolution. The competition entails the submission of a design proposal that involves the repetition of a single module to create space and form. The building typology can range from housing to schools to budget resorts and office complexes. The proposal must address a solution to a specific problem in their country of origin.

Assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning: A map for the journey ahead

Clients impart so much about themselves, verbally and nonverbally, in counseling sessions that it will overwhelm clinicians who don’t organize the information and use it to create a structured plan for their work together, contends Nathaniel N. Ivers, associate professor and chair of the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University.

Obamacare Marketplaces to See More Choices, Competition in 2022, Analysts Say

The number of health insurers offering Obamacare plans is expected to increase in 2022 for the fourth year in a row. Analysts said uncertainty around future legislative action and the pandemic will be top-of-mind as insurers begin determining rates for 2023 coverage early next year. About 3 in 10 registered...

School District to have five zones

The geographic area encompassed by the Pea Ridge School District will be divided into five zones by a demographer with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, following approval by the Pea Ridge School Board Monday, Sept. 13. One of each of the five school board members will be elected from...
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Logan University to Host 3rd Annual Women’s Health Symposium

In partnership with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), Logan University presents the third annual Women’s Health Symposium, Oct. 30-31, 2021, on Logan’s campus and online. With a theme of “Transforming and Elevating Female Health,” the symposium will feature expert leaders in women’s health discussing topics such as menopause, treating the...

New CMS guidelines will extend ACA open enrollment, boost fees for insurers

ACA open enrollment is being extended by one month under new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Fierce Healthcare reported. The fees that insurers pay for participating in the exchanges also will increase slightly. The third part of the 2022 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters...
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Open enrollment checklist for employers

It’s almost that time of year again! Open enrollment season is right around the corner!. Open enrollment is an important time. Employees get to select a new plan for their health insurance and opt into other employee benefits for the next year. This is generally the only time health coverage changes are allowed aside from onboarding or family changes (such as marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child). It’s also a time when businesses and HR Managers should evaluate the benefits that they offered last year and consider whether to make adjustments.

Mississippi: Preliminary avg. 2022 #ACA rate changes: +3.1% individual market, +5.3% sm. group; Cigna joining

Louise Norris beat me to the punch on Mississippi this year:. Cigna is joining the Mississippi exchange for 2022, bringing the total number of participating insurers to three. According to, the following average rate changes have been proposed by Mississippi’s current exchange insurers:. Ambetter/Magnolia: 1.2% increase. Molina: 5.03% increase.

With Uterus-Shaped Vending Machine, The Pill Club Sends A Message

If men could get pregnant, birth control would likely be as easy as buying a vending machine candy bar. So the Pill Club, a D2C company designed to make birth control as convenient as possible, is making the point with a plan to set up a uterus-shaped vending machine at the busy corner of Houston and Lafayette.