ACA (Affordable Care Act) changing again – Are you prepared?

Trying to keep up with the changes to the ACA legislation and then interpret direction really requires a large staff of dedicated masochists. I have neither a large staff nor do I enjoy abuse which makes it all the more difficult for me.

I decided to look into the bill that the president signed on Monday. I thought I might just list the index titles and then discuss what actual changes there were.

Well Duh – It turns out there are actually very few “changes”. What really occurs is a delay in implementation. The phrase that jumps out at you is “..amended by striking ‘‘April 1, 2014’’ and inserting ‘‘April 1, 2015’’ each place it appears.” That phrase, or some version of it, appears repeatedly in the bill.

I am not commenting here on whether or not these are good changes, and in truth most people would not take issue with most of it. However, as with most legislation it is dangerous to look at the title and assume it has anything to do with what’s going on in the bill. In this case the bill is titled: “To amend the Social Security Act to extend Medicare payments to physicians and other provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.”

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For more information, call Bill Weaver, Focus Benefits Group, 602-381-9900.

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