Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Taxes and the ACA ++

1) Taxes

a) CBPP: Tara Straw pointed to our new guide to help tax preparers understand the new tax-filing rules related to health reform. Jessica Schubel discussed how states can (and can’t) change the way they implement health reform through waivers.

b) NYT: Tips for Navigating a Changing Tax Landscape

How to handle new forms related to the Affordable Care Act,

thwart identity theft, claim deductions for job searches, and 

other advice.

c) IRS Fact Sheet:  “2014 Tax Changes: Health Care Law Brings Updates to Tax Forms; Other Benefits Renewed” [FS-2015-9]

2)  Supreme Court Case 

Post: Millions at risk of losing coverage as justices take up challenge to Obamacare

This is a key article. Please share widely http://t.co/XJkwBc6j1h

3) Key news: Enrollment deadline extended; Coverage Gap

Sun: Health enrollment deadline extended

  Good news for those who started applications. Deadline is 2/28 for them.  Volunteers maybe needed.  Healthcare.gov is also extending the deadline as are some other States.  

4) Death and dying

Atul Gawande on Frontline: Being Mortal

NPR host Diane Rehm emerges as a key force in the right-

to-die debatehttp://t.co/OUbAZM1yr6 via @washingtonpost

5) Businesses 

Congressional Research Service:  The Affordable Care Act and Small Business: Economic Issues

Area Development:  “Employers Still Struggling With the Affordable Care Act

6) Data Systems 

Health System Data Center Explore Regional Performance

Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap: The Journey 

to Better Health and Care

Encouraging. Best to see in above link.

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