Health Care Reform

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I developed this quick year by year time line to help us understand how our health care world can change in the next few years.

I developed this quick year by year time line to help us understand how our health care world can change in the next few years.

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  • 1. Health Care Reform: A Timeline for Employers
    Benefit Resource Group
    Louie Miller
    Pamela Solly
    Recina Kudebeh
  • 2. Benefit Resource Group
    Employee Benefits
    Group Insurance
    Cost Containment Solutions
    Human Resource Assistance
    Wellness Plans
    Health Savings Accounts
    Human Resource Training
    Louie Miller
    Pamela Solly
    Recina Kudebeh
    Benefit Resource Group
  • 3. The following is based on public information available as of March 25, 2010. Certain facts may change as a result of the Senate reconciliation process.
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  • 4. Year 2010
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  • 5. 2010
    Small businesses with less than 25 employees and average wages of less than $50,000 will qualify for a tax credit of up to 35% of the cost of the health care premiums for workers (effective beginning in calendar year 2010).
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  • 6. 2010
    Health plans will not be permitted to exclude children under the age of 19 due to pre-existing medical conditions (effective six months after enactment).
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  • 7. 2010
    Health plans will be forbidden from setting lifetime limits on policies (effective six months after enactment).
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  • 8. 2010
    Health plans will not be able to cancel policies because an insured got sick (effective six months after enactment).
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  • 9. 2010
    Health plans will have restrictions on annual limits of coverage (effective six months after enactment).
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  • 10. 2010
    Children up to the age of 26 can remain on their parents' health plan, unless the child is eligible for coverage through an employer (effective 6 months after enactment).
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  • 11. 2010
    Seniors will receive $250 to fill the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, also known as the "doughnut hole" (effective beginning in calendar year 2010).
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  • 12. 2010
    High-risk insurance pools will be established for uninsured people with Pre-Existing conditions (effective 90 days after enactment).
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  • 13. 2010
    A 10% tax will be imposed on tanning salon customers (effective July 1, 2010).
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  • 14. 2010
    New private health plans must cover preventive services with no co-payments or deductibles (effective 6 months after enactment).
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  • 15. 2010
    A temporary re-insurance program will be created to help offset the costs of expensive health claims for employers that provide health benefits for retirees age 55 to 64 (effective 90 days after enactment).
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  • 16. 2010
    A new independent appeals process will be established to ensure that consumers can appeal decisions by their health insurance plan (effective six months after enactment).
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  • 17. 2010
    New health plans will be prohibited from establishing eligibility rules for health care coverage that have the effect of discriminating in favor of higher-wage employees (effective six months after enactment).
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  • 18. 2010
    Funding will be increased for community health centers (effective beginning in fiscal year 2010).
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  • 19. 2010
    Investment will be made in training programs to increase the number of primary care physicians, nurses and public health professionals (effective beginning in fiscal year 2010).
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  • 20. 2010
    Aid will be provided to states to establish health insurance consumer assistance offices to help consumers file complaints and appeals (effective beginning in fiscal year 2010).
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  • 21. Year 2011
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  • 22. 2011
    A national, voluntary long-term care insurance program will be created and will be financed by voluntary payroll deductions.
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  • 23. 2011
    Health plans in the individual and small group markets will be required to spend 80% of premium dollars on medical services, while plans in the large group market will be required to spend 85%. Failure to meet the thresholds will result in rebates to policyholders.
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  • 24. 2011
    A 50% discount will become available on brand-name drugs for Medicare beneficiaries who hit the "doughnut hole."
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  • 25. 2011
    Co-payments and deductibles for preventive services provided under Medicare will be eliminated.
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  • 26. 2011
    Employers will be required to report the value of health benefits on employee W-2 forms.
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  • 27. 2011
    A fee will be imposed on manufacturers and importers of branded drugs.
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  • 28. Year 2012
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  • 29. 2012
    The U.S. government will set up a program to create non-profit insurance co-ops.
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  • 30. 2012
    Medicare payment reforms will encourage "accountable care organizations."
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  • 31. 2012
    A pilot program will be created to test more efficient ways to pay for Medicare.
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  • 32. 2012
    Medicare payments to hospitals with high rates of preventable readmissions will be reduced.
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  • 33. Year 2013
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  • 34. 2013
    The Medicare payroll tax will increase from 1.45% to 2.35% on individuals with adjusted gross income (AGI) in excess of $200,000 and couples with AGI in excess of $250,000.
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  • 35. 2013
    A new 3.8% tax will be imposed on investment income for individuals with AGI in excess of $200,000 and couples with AGI in excess of $250,000.
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  • 36. 2013
    Contributions to health care flexible spending accounts will be limited to $2,500 per year.
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  • 37. 2013
    The threshold for itemized medical deductions will be raised from 7.5% to 10% of AGI for people under the age of 65.
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  • 38. 2013
    A 2.3% tax will be imposed on certain medical device manufacturers and importers.
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  • 39. Year 2014
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  • 40. 2014
    Health plans will be prohibited from denying coverage to adults for Pre-Existing medical conditions; therefore state high-risk pools will be phased out.
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  • 41. 2014
    Health plans will be prohibited from imposing annual limits on benefits.
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  • 42. 2014
    Small businesses with less than 25 employees and average wages of less than $50,000 will be able to qualify for a tax credit of up to 50% of the cost of the health care premiums for workers.
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  • 43. 2014
    New health insurance exchanges will be created by the states.
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  • 44. 2014
    People earning up to 133% of the federal poverty level ($29,327 for a family of four as of 2009, to be indexed) will qualify for Medicaid. Childless adults will be eligible for the first time.
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  • 45. 2014
    People earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level ($88,200 for a family of four as of 2009, to be indexed) will qualify for subsidies on a sliding scale to purchase health insurance through the newly created insurance exchanges.
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  • 46. 2014
    Most U.S. citizens will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, except for certain financial hardship cases.
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  • 47. 2014
    Employers with more than 50 employees that do not offer health coverage will be fined if at least one employee uses tax credits to purchase an individual plan through an insurance exchange.
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  • 48. 2014
    Insurers will not be allowed to charge women higher premiums.
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  • 49. 2014
    Health insurers will be required to pay annual fees.
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  • 50. Year 2016
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  • 51. 2016
    The threshold for itemized medical deductions will be raised from 7.5% to 10% of AGI for people 65 and over.
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  • 52. Year 2018
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  • 53. 2018
    Health plans will be required to eliminate co-payments and deductibles for preventive services.
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  • 54. 2018
    A 40% excise tax will be imposed on health insurance plans costing more than $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family, excluding stand-alone vision and dental plans. Higher thresholds will be implemented for certain high-risk industries.
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  • 55. As the landscape of health care reform continues to evolve over the coming months, we will monitor the impact of this monumental legislation and bring new developments to your attention as they occur. In the meantime, please contact Louie, Pamela or Recina if you have questions about your particular situation.
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  • 56. Benefit Resource Group
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