Health Care Reform
Did Congress cure our system’s ailments?
     Katie Hays, Executive Director
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Cost $$$....
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)…
   Cost...
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Pay Fors = $569 billion/10 years…
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Pay Fors = $569 billion/10 years…
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Immediate changes…
Insurance Reforms – 6 months after enactment
      Pr...
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Employer “Free Rider” Mandate…
 Employers with <50 Full-Time Equivalents...
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Offering vs. Non Offering…
 Small Business Tax Credits – 25 or less empl...
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Plan considerations for offering…
Whether you are a self-insured or full...
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Chamber resources…
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Katie Hays, US Chamber of Commerce, Health Care Panel Legislation Panel Discussion, June 2, 2010

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View this powerpoint delivered by Katie Hays, Executive Director of Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce about the Health Care Reform Legislation. This presentation was given on June 2, 2010 at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce's End-of-Session Legislative Brunch at Dover Downs.

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Katie Hays, US Chamber of Commerce, Health Care Panel Legislation Panel Discussion, June 2, 2010

  1. 1. Health Care Reform Did Congress cure our system’s ailments? Katie Hays, Executive Director
  2. 2. U. S. C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e Cost $$$.... According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)… Cost = $938 billion/10 years • Deficit reduction = $124 billion/1st-10years, $1.2 trillion/2nd-10 years • Doc Fix will cost $275 billion $569 billion in new taxes and tax increases $528 billion total cuts to Medicare Creates 16,500 new jobs for the IRS Billions more in spending authorized, but not appropriated. Updated May 2010
  3. 3. U. S. C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e Pay Fors = $569 billion/10 years… 2010 10 % excise tax on tanning services $2.7 billion/10 Modification of tax treatment in certain health organizations $400 million/10 Codify economic substance doctrine $4.5 billion/10 2011 Repeal of “black liquor” credit $23.6 billion/10 Conforming definitions for medical expenses $5.0 billion/10 Additional tax on distributions from HSA’s and MSA’s other expenses $1.4 billion/10 Excise tax on manufacturers and importers of drugs $27.0 billion/10 2012 Corporate reporting requirements (1099 issue) $17.1 billion/10 Updated May 2010
  4. 4. U. S. C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e Pay Fors = $569 billion/10 years… 2013 Limit flexible spending in cafeteria plans to $2,500 $13 billion/10 Excise tax on medical device manufacturers $20 billion/10 Medicare tax on HI earners $210.2 billion/10 Eliminate Part D subsidy deduction $4.5 billion/10 Limitations on executive compensation $600 million/10 10% medical expense deduction $15.2 billion/10 2014 Excise tax on insurance providers $60.1 billion/10 Free Rider penalties $52 billion/10 Individual Mandate penalties $17 billion/10 2018 40% excise tax on Cadillac plans $32 billion/10 Misc. Effects on coverage provisions in revenue $46 billion/10 Other changes in revenue $14.3 billion/10 Updated May 2010
  5. 5. U. S. C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e Immediate changes… Insurance Reforms – 6 months after enactment Prohibits lifetime limits, rescissions, and excessive waiting periods Dependents covered until 26 No preexisting conditions for under 19 yrs. old First dollar coverage for preventative care Grandfathered plans? Updated May 2010
  6. 6. U. S. C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e Employer “Free Rider” Mandate… Employers with <50 Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) are exempt from offering. Employers with >50 FTE, who do not offer, no fines levied if all employees’ incomes are over 400% of FPL (88 K/family of 4). For employers with >50 FTE who don’t offer, if any employee receives tax credit through exchange, fine is equal to $2,000 times the # of employees minus 30. These penalties are also incurred if the employer is not offering a “Qualified” health plan. If an employer >50 FTE does offer health insurance, but it is not “affordable” (employee’s share is not more than 9.5% of income), and the employee goes into exchange (and gets tax credit), the penalty is $3,000. Updated May 2010
  7. 7. U. S. C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e Offering vs. Non Offering… Small Business Tax Credits – 25 or less employees should consider utilizing credits–may pay up to half the costs and last two years past exchange creation–no transition after cutoff Plan Requirements – QHP–meet actuarial requirements (60%)and cover “essential benefits” (by 2014) – For plan & to satisfy individual mandate Vouchers and Affordability Penalties for Offering Firms – If employee contribution exceeds 8% of income, voucher may be provided to equal employee contribution Updated May 2010
  8. 8. U. S. C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e Plan considerations for offering… Whether you are a self-insured or fully insured, may trigger different requirements. He are some items to think about: Purchasing Traditional Insurance – Must meet qualified benefits–starting October 2010 with reforms Grandfathering of plans – What changes to your plan will trigger loss of “grandfather” status? Self-Insuring – New requirements for self-insured plans – Reporting value on W-2, will not need to cover “essential benefits” but will need to meet actuarial value (60%), will be exempt from new tax on insurers, but may be subject to “Cadillac Tax” in 2018 Sending Employees to the Exchange – Starting 2017, large employers (over 100) may be able to participate in the exchange Updated May 2010
  9. 9. U. S. C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e Chamber resources… Vote For Business www.voteforbusiness.com Health Care Toolkit www.uschamber.com/chambers/healthcare Primer: Critical Employer Issues in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Updated May 2010
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