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  • Duckworth, Kaifesh disagree on what to do with 'Obamacare' Oct 8, 2014 5:08 AM
    Neither Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth nor her 8th District Republican challenger Larry Kaifesh see the Affordable Care Act — often referred to as “Obamacare” — as the perfect remedy for the nation's health care needs. But they hold different opinions on whether the changes made by the act have done more harm than good, and whether improvements can be made within the confines of the existing legislation.

     
  • 5 things small businesses need to know this fall Sep 22, 2014 7:17 AM
    NEW YORK — What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months: Health Care Small business owners who bought employee health insurance policies before the end of 2013, sidestepping the law's requirements for a year, could pay between 10 percent and 20 percent more when it's time to renew, says Michael Stahl, chief marketing officer of HealthMarkets Inc., a broker based in North Richland Hills, Texas. They'll also have to decide on plans. Policies issued under the law have significant changes including the requirement that pre-existing conditions be covered. Some owners may decide it's better if workers purchase their own government-subsidized coverage on health insurance exchanges. Companies whose coverage took effect Jan. 1 of this year and complied with the law could see increases between 5 percent and 10 percent for 2015, Stahl says. Not all small business owners will have to make these decisions this year. Employers with 50 to 99 workers have until 2016. Companies with fewer than 50 workers are exempt. Internet Security Home Depot Inc.'s news that it was hacked should prompt small businesses to improve Internet security, says Charles Tendell, CEO of Azorian Cyber Security in Denver. Small companies tend to be vulnerable to hacking because many don't have strong Internet security. Businesses should install software designed to protect computers from viruses and what's called malware, programs used to harm computers or steal information, Tendell says. If companies offer WiFi to customers or visitors, it should be separate from their operations. Owners should consider hiring an Internet security expert who can show them where their vulnerabilities are and suggest a solution, Tendell says. Owners should also train employees to help avoid hacking attacks. New Technology Businesses interested in accepting Apple Pay, the digital payment system linked to the new iPhone 6, will need to invest in equipment that processes contactless payments. Contactless payments are transactions made by tapping a smartphone, credit card or key fob on an electronic device. The iPhone 6 will be in stores starting Friday. Small business owners should also look ahead to October 2015, when credit and debit cards will be required to have embedded chips rather than magnetic strips, says Denee Carrington, an analyst with Forrester Research. Businesses will need new equipment to accept those cards, but the good news is they can already buy equipment that also processes contactless and swipe transactions. Microsoft is expected to release its Windows 9 operating system for laptop and desktop computers by early next year. But owners shouldn't rush to buy it until they know whether it's compatible with computers, hardware like printers and software they use to run their companies, says David Rosenbaum, president of Real-Time Computer Services, a technology services company in New York. If owners have aging PCs that need to be replaced before there are more answers about Windows 9, they're better off getting machines with the better-known Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, Rosenbaum says. Internet Sales Tax After the November elections, Congress could act on legislation that would force retailers and other companies to collect sales tax in states where they don't have a store or other physical locations. Under current federal law, online, phone and mail-order transactions are exempt from sales tax. The legislation has support in the Senate, which passed a preliminary bill earlier this year. It faces opposition in the House. The legislation is supported by retailers required to collect the tax. They can lose business to out-of-state retailers who don't have to collect it. Small retailers contend it will cost them time and money to collect the tax. Tax Deductions The size of companies' 2014 tax bills will depend on whether Congress raises what's called the Section 179 deduction. It allows small companies to deduct up-front rather than depreciate the cost of equipment like computers, vehicles, furniture and manufacturing machines. The deduction, set at $500,000 during 2013 to help businesses continue their recovery from the recession, fell to $25,000 for 2014. The House has voted to set the deduction permanently at $500,000. Senate leaders have opposed that increase. The House also voted to revive a tax break called bonus depreciation, which allows businesses to immediately deduct up to 50 percent of the cost of property and equipment. It also faces Senate opposition.

     
  • 3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling Sep 2, 2014 10:35 AM
    Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.

     
  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near Aug 12, 2014 11:59 AM
    The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status.

     
  • Contractors to blame for HealthCare.gov problems, probe finds Aug 3, 2014 6:22 AM
    Federal health officials were responsible for the problem-pocked start of HealthCare.gov last year because of poor planning and lax oversight of outside contractors, according to government investigators who warned that “significant risks remain” that some Americans could again have trouble buying coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace this fall.

     
  • Hawaii health care faces federal threat Aug 3, 2014 7:35 AM
    Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she’s thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family. The Nakamuras are among the 763,000 Hawaii residents — more than half the state’s population — who rely on a unique, longstanding system that has been jeopardized by the federal health care overhaul.

     
  • Q&A on conflicting health care rulings mean? Jul 27, 2014 7:32 AM
    Some questions and answers about what's next for the Affordable Health Care Act after contradictory rulings this week.

     
  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers Jul 27, 2014 7:35 AM
    Government officials say consumers who have received different subsidy amounts — probably made some mistake entering personal details such as income, age and even ZIP codes. The Associated Press interviewed insurance agents, health counselors and attorneys around the country who said they received varying subsidy amounts for the same consumers.

     
  • Companies dropping birth control have to tell workers, U.S. says Jul 20, 2014 7:41 AM
    Closely held companies that decide to drop insurance coverage of birth control for religious reasons have 60 days to tell their employees after they end the benefits, the Obama administration said.

     
  • Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws Jul 4, 2014 7:22 AM
    The Obama administration is struggling to resolve widespread data discrepancies that could call into question coverage for millions under the health overhaul, the government’s health care fraud watchdog reported this week.

     
  • Finding the 1 in 10 who insure themselves Jun 19, 2014 10:55 AM
    The group most directly affected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance markets — those who buy insurance on their own directly from an insurer or through one of the exchanges — is a difficult group to survey.

     
  • Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums Jun 19, 2014 10:56 AM
    Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama’s health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a new poll. “The critics’ view of the law as an unmitigated disaster is far from true, but it’s not what advocates might have hoped for either because many people still have concerns about affordability,” said Drew Altman, CEO of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

     
  • Health law: Embrace, avoid or in between for Dems May 25, 2014 8:53 AM
    Democratic candidates are trying to figure out whether to embrace or avoid President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — or land somewhere in between. The president says his party shouldn’t apologize or go on the defensive about the Affordable Care Act. Candidates aren’t so sure.

     
  • Study: Political TV ads on health law total $445M May 17, 2014 8:22 AM
    A new analysis finds the nation’s health care overhaul deserves a place in advertising history as the focus of extraordinarily high spending on negative political TV ads that have gone largely unanswered by the law’s supporters.

     
  • Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans May 14, 2014 12:53 PM
    The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered. Pool, a 60-year-old diabetic who has had back surgery and a hip replacement, purchased the plan only to find that the insurer was mistaken. Stories like Pool's are emerging as more consumers realize they bought plans with limited doctor and hospital networks, some after websites mistakenly indicated their doctors were included.

     
  • Next test for health law: Keeping people insured Apr 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    With the health-care law’s first enrollment period closed, health insurers, policymakers and advocates are pushing to make sure the newly insured become reliable customers for the health plans. That will be crucial to keeping down the uninsured rate and will help determine how insurers will view the individual market under the sweeping changes made by the new health-care law.

     
  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law Apr 18, 2014 11:12 AM
    A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama’s health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults. Nonetheless, Obama’s announcement Thursday that 8 million have signed up for subsidized private insurance, and that 35 percent of them are younger than 35, is just a peek at what might be going on with the nation’s newest social program.

     
  • Defend ‘Obamacare’ unabashedly, some Democrats say Apr 17, 2014 10:52 AM
    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it’s time to stop hiding from the president’s health care overhaul, even in this year’s toughest Senate elections. Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace “Obamacare,” the GOP’s favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet some pro-Democratic activists are doing just that.

     
  • Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor Apr 11, 2014 11:22 AM
    President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage. “Under Kathleen's leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done,” Obama said. “And the final score speaks for itself.”

     
  • Sebelius: Work at HHS is the ‘cause of my life’ Apr 11, 2014 10:39 AM
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the government is making “tremendous progress” toward fixing what she called a broken health system. Sebelius commented Friday after President Barack Obama announced her resignation after five years in his Cabinet.

     
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