Health Care Reform: Recent News & Events


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAPA or ACA or "Obamacare") is here. Look to West Coast Insurance for guidance and support on staying compliant with the ongoing Health Care Reform process. Please reach out to us with any questions about the law and it's impact on you, your family and your business.

Draft Instructions for IRS Reporting on Individual and Employer Mandates - Friday, August 29, 2014
All Southern California Kaiser Outpatient Pharmacies May Close Temporarily Starting May 19th - Friday, May 16, 2014
Final Rules Released on Information Reporting for Employers and Insurers - Friday, March 07, 2014
ACA Update: Large Employer Mandate Delayed to 2016 - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Older Pool of Health Care Enrollees Stirs Fears on Costs - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
California Extends Payment Deadline for Obamacare Policies to Jan. 15th - Sunday, January 05, 2014
Covered California Accounts for Almost 1 in 3 Obamacare Sign-ups Through November - Thursday, December 12, 2013
1 Million Californians Losing Their Health Policies May Get More Time - Friday, November 15, 2013
Americans Will Have Extra Six Weeks to Buy Health Coverage Before Facing Penalty - Thursday, October 24, 2013
White House Proposes New Rules on Large Employer Mandate - Friday, September 06, 2013
ALERT! Employers must send Exchange Notice to ALL Employees by October 1st - Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Healthcare Reform: The Impact of the One-Year Delay - Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Health Reform Employer mandate delayed until 2015 - Wednesday, July 03, 2013
PCORI Fee Update: June 2013 - Friday, June 14, 2013
Wellness under Health Care Reform: Final Rule Issued May 2013 - Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Analysis: ACA Provision Saved Individual Consumers $2.1B Last Year - Monday, June 10, 2013
Anthem Blue Cross Medical Loss Ratio Rebates - Friday, June 07, 2013
15 Health Reform Provisions That Take Effect in 2014 - Tuesday, June 04, 2013
New California Health Insurance Rates Unveiled - Friday, May 24, 2013
Covered California Announces Health Plans Participating in California’s Individual Exchange - Thursday, May 23, 2013
Women’s Health Quiz: Health Coverage and the Affordable Care Act - Monday, May 20, 2013
DOL Requires Employers to Alert Employees About Exchanges - Friday, May 17, 2013
CCIIO: HSA Plans Are Still Possible - Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Covered California Approves Health Plan Model Contract - Tuesday, May 14, 2013
DOL Issues Revised Model COBRA Notice - Friday, May 10, 2013
Limit on Waiting Periods Update: 60-Day Limit in California - Thursday, May 09, 2013
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) - 2014 Dollar Amounts - Monday, May 06, 2013
IRS Deals Employers a Setback in Wellness Healthcare Rules - Saturday, May 04, 2013
California Lawmakers Approve Health Insurance Protections - Thursday, May 02, 2013
California Moves To Protect Smokers From Higher Obamacare Insurance Costs - Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Obama Administration Simplifies Healthcare Application - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Docs May See Pay Delay Under ACA Exchanges - Friday, April 19, 2013
Top Dem Sees 'Train Wreck' For Obama Health Law - Thursday, April 18, 2013
Supreme Court Backs Enrollee in ERISA Attorney’s Fee Case - Thursday, April 18, 2013
Health Care Reform Timeline - Interactive - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Sebelius: Insurer Feedback Delays Small Business SHOP Exchange - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Regulators Seek Cure for PPACA Rate Shock - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
How Does the Individual Mandate Work? (Flowchart) - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Obama Pulls Back Health Law Promise as Exchange Costs Double - Monday, April 15, 2013
Sebelius: We've Built The Exchange Hub - Friday, April 12, 2013
Tracking Obama's Health Law In Budget Isn't Easy - Thursday, April 11, 2013
HHS Sets Rules for ObamaCare 'Navigators' - Monday, April 08, 2013
Insurers See Way to Dodge Federal Healthcare Law Next Year - Sunday, April 07, 2013
It's Easier to Apply for a Green Card than Obamacare - Saturday, April 06, 2013
Covered California Takes Major Steps Toward Launching New Health Care Options for Small Business - Friday, April 05, 2013
California Small Business Exchange Picks SHOP Administrator - Friday, April 05, 2013
Health Insurance Exchanges: Update on Eligibility & Enrollment For Individuals - Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Feds Analyze PPACA Market - Wednesday, April 03, 2013
PPACA Health Subsidy Could Trigger Surprise Tax Bills - Tuesday, April 02, 2013
CMS Issues FAQs on Offering Ancillary Insurance through Exchanges - Monday, April 01, 2013
Small Business Insurance Market From Health Law Delayed a Year - Monday, April 01, 2013
Health Reform to Raise Claims Costs 32% - Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Summary: Health Care Reform Changes Coming in 2014 - Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Feds Draft Group Plan Waiting Period, Exclusion Regs - Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Affordable Care Act Turns 3 - Monday, March 25, 2013
Federal Tax Reporting Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act - Monday, March 25, 2013
Affordable Care Act Fails to Simplify Administrative Process - Sunday, March 24, 2013
Minimum Value Calculator and Final Regulations - Saturday, March 23, 2013
Historic Change Coming to the State’s Insurance Marketplace - Thursday, March 21, 2013
Value for Your Premium Dollar: 80/20 Rule and MLR - Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Health Care Reform Women’s Preventive Services FAQs - Monday, March 18, 2013
CMS Issues Draft Health Insurance Marketplace Applications - Saturday, March 16, 2013
Insurers warn of overhaul-induced sticker shock - Thursday, March 14, 2013
HHS regulations increase wellness rewards - Monday, March 11, 2013
Obama administration unveils health insurer fees - Friday, March 08, 2013
Health Care Reform: 6 key compliance deadlines for 2013 and beyond - Friday, March 08, 2013
Insurers raise Calif. health rates over Insurance Commissioner objections - Thursday, March 07, 2013
Latest Announcement from Covered California - Wednesday, March 06, 2013
HHS Releases Notice of ACA Benefit and Payment Parameters - Monday, March 04, 2013
Health Policy Specialist: SBCs Justify Value of Insurance - Friday, March 01, 2013
California Files Emergency Autism Benefits Regulations - Friday, March 01, 2013
OSHA Promises to Protect Workers Who Report Healthcare Reform Law Violations - Wednesday, February 27, 2013
HHS Completes Affordable Care Act Rate & Market Regulations - Monday, February 25, 2013
California’s Online Insurance Marketplace Launches - Monday, February 25, 2013
HHS Releases Final Rule on Essential Health Benefits - Friday, February 22, 2013
Health Insurance Rate-setting Map Would Raise Costs, Official Says - Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Covered California Website Goes Live - Friday, February 15, 2013
Health Care Exchanges Will Be Up and Running on October 1 - Friday, February 15, 2013
Covered California Releases 2014 Standard Benefit Plan Designs - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Health insurance exchanges: Employee notification deadline extended - Thursday, February 07, 2013
To Open Eyes, W-2s List Cost of Providing a Health Plan - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Legislation Proposed to Help California Launch Healthcare - Tuesday, January 29, 2013
DOL Delays Health Exchange Notification Requirement for Employers - Monday, January 28, 2013
Covered California Gets $674M to Keep Developing Insurance Exchange - Thursday, January 17, 2013
ALERT: Roadmap to "Pay or Play" Penalites for Large Employers - Thursday, January 10, 2013
IRS Releases Questions and Answers on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act - Monday, December 31, 2012
Official Health Care Reform Timeline - Interactive Website - Friday, December 21, 2012