Aug 30, 2012
Modern Healthcare: Rule Excludes Illegal Immigrants From Exchanges, High-Risk Insurance Pools
A new CMS rule aims to ensure that illegal immigrants exempted from deportation under the Obama administration’s June 15 policy change on immigration will not qualify for subsidized coverage under either high-risk insurance pools or state-based exchanges. The amendment to a July 30, 2010 interim final rule establishing the insurance pools for uninsured people with pre-existing conditions explicitly excludes people who qualify for the recently announced change in the administration’s approach to immigration enforcement (Daly, 8/29).
Crain’s Business Insurance: No Penalties For Employers Not Offering Dependent Coverage: Employer Group
An employer benefits lobbying group has urged the Obama administration to make it clear that the healthcare reform law does not impose financial penalties on employers that do not offer coverage to dependents. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, employers are to be assessed $2,000 per full-time employee if they do not offer coverage to employees in 2014 (Geisel, 8/29).
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