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Failure to report health coverage will not cause tax return rejection

2/17/2017

In response to President Donald Trump's Jan. 20 executive order requiring the federal government to reduce the burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on how it will treat individual income tax returns that do not indicate whether the taxpayers had health insurance coverage.

Pediatric palliative care faces obstacles in US

1/4/2017

A relatively low demand for pediatric palliative care in the US, compared with the need for adult palliative care, has made it difficult to create effective programs for children. Another barrier is insufficient health insurance coverage for palliative care, which can be especially expensive with children.

Wal-Mart settles case on insurance for same-sex couples

12/5/2016

Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $7.5 million to cover health care expenses incurred before 2014 by more than 1,000 same-sex spouses of current and former employees, after having denied them health insurance coverage. The law remains unsettled on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to discrimination based on sexual orientation.

AHIP helps launch insurance education site for consumers

10/24/2016

AHIP, in partnership with the National Consumers League, announced the launch of MyHealthPlan.guide to help consumers gain a better understanding of their health insurance coverage options before purchasing and to help them better understand how to use their plan after they enroll. "We want to help inform, educate, and engage consumers to make sure they have the information and tools at their fingertips to make the best decisions about their healthcare," said AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner.

AHIP helps launch insurance education site for consumers

10/19/2016

AHIP, in partnership with the National Consumers League, announced the launch of MyHealthPlan.guide to help consumers gain a better understanding of their health insurance coverage options before purchasing and to help them better understand how to use their plan after they enroll. "We want to help inform, educate, and engage consumers to make sure they have the information and tools at their fingertips to make the best decisions about their healthcare," said AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner.

IRS warns about ACA scam

9/30/2016

Scammers are sending fake tax bills by mail and email telling victims that they owe a balance connected to Affordable Care Act health insurance coverage for 2014. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, phone, text or social media asking for personal or financial information; the agency does not require specific payment methods; and it does not call without first mailing a bill or to demand payment immediately.

IRS clarifying minimum essential coverage reporting rules

8/2/2016

The IRS issued a notice that it intends to clarify requirements for health plan sponsors' reporting of minimum essential health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, with proposed rules including requiring insurers to report catastrophic coverage and government entities to report coverage under Basic Health Plan programs. A recent CMS proposal would allow state Medicaid and CHIP agencies to transfer ineligible applicants to the federally facilitated marketplace for coverage without first assessing potential eligibility.

Ariz. reopens enrollment in health insurance program for low-income children

7/26/2016

An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 children will be eligible for health insurance coverage now that Arizona has become the last state to take part in a state-federal program for low-income families who are above Medicaid income limits. The state froze enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program in 2009 as part of recession-linked budget cuts.

Report looks at key well-being indicators in US youths

7/13/2016

Researchers found that teen pregnancy rates dropped 68% from 1995 to 2014 and rates of youths who smoke and binge drink declined in 2015 to their lowest point since tracking began, while the likelihood of violent crimes among adolescents also decreased and the number of children with health insurance coverage increased, according to a report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. However, the findings, based on data from 23 federal agencies, also showed that the rate of obesity among children ages 6 to 17 rose from 6% in 1976-1980 to 19% in 2011-2014, while more than 20% of US youths under 17 live in poverty.

Report looks at key well-being indicators in US youths

7/13/2016

Researchers found that teen pregnancy rates dropped 68% from 1995 to 2014 and rates of youths who smoke and binge drink declined in 2015 to their lowest since tracking began, while the likelihood of violent crimes among adolescents also decreased and the number of children with health insurance coverage increased, according to a report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. However, the findings, based on data from 23 federal agencies, also showed that the rate of obesity among children ages 6 to 17 rose from 6% in 1976-1980 to 19% in 2011-2014, while more than 20% of US youths under 17 live in poverty.