Tag: Health Insurance Tax

On the Horizon: A Decision About Medicare Advantage Funding

As the political landscape changes in Washington, The Washington Post’s Wonkblog notes that Medicare Advantage and the 15 million Americans who rely on the program could find additional support among the newly elected members of Congress. But the Wonkblog article also serves to remind us that harmful cuts to Medicare Advantage are still scheduled in the coming years. Continue reading

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Small Business Owners Speak Out Against the HIT

This year alone, the health insurance tax (HIT) is expected to total roughly $8 billion, undermining the goal of affordability by increasing the cost of coverage for individuals, small businesses, seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage, and states that rely on Medicaid health plans to provide high-quality care. In particular, small business owners across the country have expressed concern about the HIT and how it will affect their businesses and employees. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

The HIT ripple effect

The health insurance tax (HIT) is a bad idea. That’s something we’ve been saying for a long time and it bears updating: It’s a bad idea that makes no public policy sense, as said in a Kaiser Health News article yesterday. Continue reading

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What’s driving 2015 premiums

As states continue to report on proposed 2015 rates, wide variations in premiums have emerged. This should be no surprise. Several factors impact how much consumers pay for coverage, with premium increases varying by state and even region. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Health Insurance Tax Threatens Affordability

If health care affordability is our goal, adding a new tax on health insurance seems like a bad idea. Continue reading

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The Harsh Reality of the HIT

What if you went in to the store to buy something you needed – milk, for example – and went to the checkout line only to find that you were being hit with a new tax you’d never before seen? And what if you were told that tax would increase next year by 41%? Continue reading

Posted in: ACA, Health Care Costs

ACA’s Health Insurance Tax: Making Coverage More Expensive for Families, Small Businesses

It’s April 15, and taxes are on everyone’s mind. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA

“An Ironic Touch for a Law Meant to Make Health Coverage Cheaper”

From the Daily Caller on the health reform law’s new taxes. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA

WSJ Op-Ed: ACA’s Health Insurance Tax “Hidden Hit On Businesses”

With the ACA’s $100 billion health insurance tax starting this year, small and medium-size businesses “will bear the brunt of the tax…Many will be forced to raise their employees’ share of premium payments or, worse, lay off workers to pay the escalating costs of health care for their core employees,” according to a Wall Street Journal op-ed from Bernie Marcus, co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Home Depot. Continue reading

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Ignagni Op-Ed in New York Times: We Must Keep Coverage Affordable

AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times on keeping coverage affordable. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP, AHIP in the News, Health Care Costs