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BENEFITS SCOOP – DECEMBER 2016

2016 Election and Compliance Issues Republican candidate Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, and Republicans have retained control of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Under President-elect Trump and the Republican-led houses of the U.S. Congress, it is likely that some changes will be made to the ACA …

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BLOCK GRANTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

DOES THIS REPUBLICAN STRATEGY WORK? “Block grants” are the Republican solution to Medicaid spending, and they are now a key strategy for President Donald Trump’s health care plan.  Grant blocking is an old Republican strategy, originally pushed by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. This tactic may indicate how the Trump administration plans to tackle the …

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KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION COMPARES PROPOSALS TO REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

WHATS IN A NAME? READ THE ACA NAME REPLACEMENT PROPOSALS The Kaiser Family Foundation released a comparison of several replacement proposals. Among them are: -The American Health Care Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017 -The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 – Updated July 13, 2017 – The Affordable Care …

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SEPTEMBER HR BRIEF

CTE PROGRAMS EARN $1.2 BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING Career and technical education (CTE) programs earned a huge win in July when President Donald Trump re-enabled a major source of their funding. The bill President Trump signed reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act—last authorized in 2006—and amends the legislation to make its funds more …

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FUTURE OF CERTAIN ACA TAXES AND FEES

ACA TAXES AND FEES FOR 2017 Several steps have been taken in 2017 toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the introduction of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Although the AHCA was withdrawn by Republicans, Congress may choose to pursue another ACA repeal and replacement bill in the future. While the future of …

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