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The Future of the ACA & The 5th Circuit

Posted by Andrew Clark

Apr 11, 2019 4:11:09 PM

The next chapter of the ACA is being written, with American’s possibly impacted eagerly standing by. In a filing yesterday with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Department of Justice requested that the case be scheduled for oral argument the week of July 8th – but what does that mean for our current healthcare system? For those not following along, this appeal is the result of a recent ruling by Judge Reed O’Connor (out of Texas) that found the ACA unconstitutional (for more information see this recent blog posting from GDP Advisors regarding the original ruling).  

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Topics: ACA, Obamacare, healthcare, SCOTUS, Trump, 5th Circuit, doj

Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Recent Ruling On the Constitutionality of the ACA & What Comes Next

Posted by Seth Denson

Dec 18, 2018 1:20:13 PM

The past Friday, on the eve of the last day of the 2019 Open Enrollment season for the ACA’s Federal Marketplace, Americans have found themselves, yet again, at another legal crossroads concerning health care in the United States. According to a ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, due to the elimination of the penalty surrounding the Individual Mandate as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. While the fall out of this decision has yet to be determined and for the time being, both Health and Human Services along with the White House have stated no immediate changes will occur as a result of this ruling, appeals have already begun and as such, the ACA will once again end up in the Supreme Court.

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Topics: ACA, Obamacare, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

THE TRUMP EFFECT: A Closer Look at Why ACA Enrollment is Down & What Consumers Need to Know

Posted by Seth Denson

Dec 14, 2018 10:31:47 AM

As we near the end of this, the 6th Open Enrollment period since the ACA was implemented; all indicators are that the overall enrollment numbers are down. While it is easy to point to the most common reasons we might hear is the cause, a deeper dive into all factors surrounding enrollment is essential to understanding all of the various drivers of the dismal enrollment numbers.

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Topics: ACA, Obamacare, Health Insurance, healthcare reform

Bulletin: Tax Reform & Its Impact on the Individual Mandate

Posted by Seth Denson

Dec 20, 2017 11:34:34 AM

Today, both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are expected to pass the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (recently re-named due to Senate rules related to the length of the name of the bill). While all of the details related to the new legislation will become clearer over time, one key provision that is catching quite a bit of attention (including ours) is the provision impacting the individual mandate that ALL citizens be covered by a qualified health insurance plan.

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Topics: ACA, Individual Mandate, Tax Reform

Healthcare Reform Update, July 28th - The Death of the Skinny Repeal

Posted by Seth Denson

Jul 28, 2017 10:14:14 AM

In the early hours of the morning, the U.S. Senate voted down the "Skinny Repeal" - here are our thoughts on that vote, as well as the future of healthcare reform in the United States.

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Topics: ACA, Cure for Healthcare, Skinny Repeal, BCRA

Health Care Reform Update - July 25, 2017

Posted by Seth Denson

Jul 25, 2017 5:16:47 PM

Today the US Senate voted 51-50 to move forward on debate of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), the Republican proposed healthcare repeal and replace legislation.  In today's video blog we will discuss the proceedings and what did - or didn't - happen and what happens next.

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Topics: ACA, Cure for Healthcare, U.S. Healthcare, healthcare reform, brca

Curing Healthcare: Part 4 - Solutions

Posted by Seth Denson

Jun 23, 2017 11:18:19 AM

All week we have rolled out our thoughts surrounding the current state of the healthcare system and why it's broken.  We have qualified data to support out thoughts and address issues, both political and practical.  Since we've identified and quantified the problem, it's time we lay our our ideas to solve it.  In Part 4 in our series on Curing Healthcare we do just that.



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Topics: ACA, AHCA, U.S. Healthcare, Health Insurance

The Employer Mandate - How the Senate's ACA Replacement Bill Addresses This Issue

Posted by Seth Denson

Jun 22, 2017 2:50:05 PM

Earlier today, the Senate released their version of an ACA partial replacement bill.  One of the key topics our clients are tuned into is the Employer Mandate and how it is addressed in the Senate's bill.  



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Topics: ACA, AHCA, Employer Mandate

Curing Healthcare: Part 3 - Facts and Opinions

Posted by Seth Denson

Jun 22, 2017 10:01:46 AM

In today’s U.S. political climate, information is often times not based on facts, but rather on opinions. In today's video we will outline facts necessary to cure healthcare.

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Topics: ACA, Cure for Healthcare, healthcare, U.S. Healthcare

Curing Healthcare: Part 2 - A Personal Connection

Posted by Seth Denson

Jun 21, 2017 10:02:48 PM

I'm often asked why I am so passionate about solving the healthcare chrisis in the United States.  As we prepare to share our solutions, I hope that you will allow me the opportunity to also share with you a personal connection to the problem of healthcare that keeps me motiviated.

Growing up, our family didn’t have health insurance.  My father was the Pastor of a small church in Midland, Texas, and the congregation operated on a limited budget.  For this reason, health insurance for its staff was, unfortunately, not an option.  By the age of 12, I would require more than 10 surgeries due to a non-life threatening a medical condition.  While minor in nature, these procedures created a significant financial burden to our family.  Not realizing the reasoning at the time, I watched as my father would take jobs outside of his role at our church to be able to either obtain health insurance and/or earn enough money to pay for the treatments of my condition. 

Both of my parents were selfless like that, always putting their family first, others second and themselves last.  Growing up, we were not poor, but didn’t have a lot of money either.  I don’t recall ever going without, as a matter of fact, I always thought we must have had significant means because my brothers and I always seemed to have more than we needed or really wanted.  We were rich, but not in the monetary sense, rather in that we had two parents who first loved each other, loved us, and showed us that love often. 

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Topics: Employee Benefits, ACA, Obamacare, Cure for Healthcare, healthcare

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