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Health care vs. health care coverage: The difference matters

You’ve likely heard a lot about health care recently—reforming it, repealing it, and replacing it. But what is perhaps most confusing is how everyone from lawmakers to the media is talking about the subject. Often they use the term “health care” (preventative medicine, emergency room visits, and prescription drugs) interchangeably with “health care coverage,” an entirely different animal, and a pathway to health care itself.

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Stay the course: Why you should stop waiting for ACA repeal

While Republican lawmakers are united in their desire to reform health care, the death of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) means it’s back to the drawing board for ACA repeal. Talk of starting over has been circulating on Capitol Hill, but a new replacement plan has not been proposed yet. Overall, it’s causing a lot of confusion for lawmakers, business owners, and American citizens alike.

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AHCA passes the House: Republicans take the first step in ACA repeal and replace

Today, House Republicans took the first significant step toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by narrowly passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) with a 217 to 213 vote. The road to the bill’s passing was not an easy one. The party stood divided for months over key issues such as Medicaid funding, ACA mandates, and pre-existing conditions, which prevented them from making any real progress. And these differing views resulted in the original replacement plan failing to reach a vote at the end of March.

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The ACA took 9 months to pass—how long will it take to reform?

“One step forward, two steps back” seems to be the current state of health care reform. While the American Health Care Act (AHCA) had its merits, the bill didn’t even make it to a vote—setting back Republican goals for the time being. Now, the White House is indicating it may push another bill to Congress in a matter of days, even though little has been resolved between the moderate and conservative members of the Republican Party.

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BenefitsPRO Broker Expo 2017: The industry isn’t changing, and that’s a big deal

Earlier this month, SyncStream attended the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo, where benefits professionals discussed the state of the industry, the confusion surrounding health care, and the future of benefits technology. We didn’t hear about or see a lot of changes, but that’s actually a surprise in itself, considering the continuing push for health care reform. 

The lack of change was actually a good indicator that benefits providers should expect certain trends to continue, from opinions on health care compliance to the value of technology. Here’s what we took away from the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo.

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Big business, big problems: 3 ways to ensure you’re compliance-ready

Compliance is never easy. Whether your business is small or large, the process takes time, careful consideration, and exceptional organization. Whether you’re working with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), EEO-1 reporting, or some other requirement specific to your industry, compliance can complicate your life. 

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Receipt IDs: The golden tickets of ACA compliance

Last year’s ACA e-filing process was messy, confusing, and drawn out—and, this year may be more of the same.

While Republicans’ proposed replacement plan called into question the future of the ACA employer mandate, it never reached a vote. Until otherwise directed, you need to get your ACA filing done on time, and you need to receive your e-filing golden ticket—your receipt ID—to prove that you’ve successfully completed the process. While that sounds simple, the path there can be complicated. Last year we heard many of the same questions from employers about how the receipt ID works. To save you some confusion, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions to help you better understand this golden ticket of e-filing.

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