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Please Help Me Understand the Affordable Care Act....No Politics Please!!!!


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Please Help Me Understand the Affordable Care Act....No Politics Please!!!!

  2. 2. We Will Cover Four Topics  Some Definitions  Statistics  The Year 2015  Documents and Forms
  3. 3. First Some
  4. 4. Affordable Coverage  Employee’s share of the annual premium for self- only coverage is no greater than 9.5% of annual household income.
  5. 5. Community Rating  A rule that prevents health insurers from varying premiums within a geographic area based on age, gender, health status or other factors.
  6. 6. Employer Shared Responsibility Payment (ESRP)  The Affordable Care Act requires certain employers with at least 50 full-time employees (or equivalents) to offer health insurance coverage to its full-time employees (and their dependents) that meets certain minimum standards set by the Affordable Care Act or to make a tax payment called the ESRP.
  7. 7. Employer or Union Retiree Plans  Plans that provide health and/or drug coverage to former employees or members, and, in some cases, their families. These plans are offered to people through their (or a spouse's) former employer or employee organization. Many of these plans aren't legally required to meet many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including providing coverage for children up to age 26.
  8. 8. Essential Health Benefits  Insurance policies must cover 10 benefits in order to be certified and offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace.           Ambulatory patient services Emergency services Hospitalization Maternity and newborn care Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment Prescription drugs Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices Laboratory services Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management Pediatric services, including oral and vision care
  9. 9. Full-Time Employee  An employee who works an average of at least 30 hours per week (so part-time would be less than 30 hours per week).
  10. 10. Grandfathered Health Plan  As used in connection with the Affordable Care Act: A group health plan that was created—or an individual health insurance policy that was purchased—on or before March 23, 2010.
  11. 11. Health Coverage  Legal entitlement to payment or reimbursement for your health care costs, generally under a contract with a health insurance company, a group health plan offered in connection with employment, or a government program like Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  12. 12. Health Plan Categories  Plans in the Marketplace are primarily separated into 4 health plan categories — Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum — based on the percentage the plan pays of the average overall cost of providing essential health benefits to members. The plan category you choose affects the total amount you'll likely spend for essential health benefits during the year. The percentages the plans will spend, on average, are 60% (Bronze), 70% (Silver), 80% (Gold), and 90% (Platinum). This isn't the same as coinsurance, in which you pay a specific percentage of the cost of a specific service.
  13. 13. Health Insurance Marketplace  A resource where individuals, families, and small businesses can: learn about their health coverage options; compare health insurance plans based on costs, benefits, and other important features; choose a plan; and enroll in coverage.
  14. 14. Next Some Statistics
  15. 15. Moving On Are You Ready?
  16. 16. Finally Finding Forms