Thanks to you, our readers, for reading Health Reform Talk, for the past five and a half years. We’ve enjoyed bringing you the latest news and developments on health reform. From the initial legislative process to the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on employers and others, we’ve covered it all, in an attempt to inform and educate our readers about the nuances and the effects of health reform legislation.
However, at this time, we’ve made the difficult decision to end this blog. Previous posts will remain accessible online but no new additional content will be added.
Thank you for your support over the years!!
What’s ahead? With the Republicans taking control of the U.S. Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections, the future of the ACA remains uncertain. A complete repeal seems unlikely, but legislative efforts to chip away at the law are a definite possibility, particularly in situations where there is some bipartisan support for change. Changing the definition of “full-time employee” for purposes of the employer mandate is one possibility. There’s also been much speculation about an effort to repeal the unpopular medical device tax, an ACA funding mechanism. Another possibility is the introduction of a “copper level” plan on the Exchanges which might contain higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for patients.
So as you can see, discussions about health reform will continue. While this blog won’t be along for the journey, we hope you’ll consider consulting other Wolters Kluwer sources for your future legal and compliance information needs. Thanks again for joining us on our blogging voyage.