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DateTitleTopicAudience
6/1/2016 Supreme Court issues decision remanding contraceptive coverage case back to Courts of Appeals Health Care Reform E A D
12/9/2015 Office for Civil Rights issues proposed rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act on nondiscrimination in health programs and activities Marketplace I E A D
8/3/2015 IRS provides guidance on calendar year 2016 High Deductible Health Plans Out-of-Pocket Maximum Limits, Minimum Deductible Levels and Health Savings Account Contribution Limitations Marketplace I E A D
5/14/2015 CMS releases final Maximum Out-of-Pocket Limits Marketplace I E A D
3/23/2015 Employer reporting: Updated IRS forms and instructions released (Sec. 6055 and Sec. 6056) Health Care Reform I A
3/23/2015 Special enrollment period granted for consumers paying a 2014 individual mandate tax penalty Marketplace I A
3/18/2015 2016 Open Enrollment Period Marketplace I A
3/3/2015 Marketplace Form 1095-A may be reissued due to incorrect information Exchange I A
2/10/2015 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines Exchange I E A D
2/10/2015 IRS Form 1095-A Marketplace coverage reporting Exchange I A
2/3/2015 Small business tax credit instructions released Exchange I A
1/30/2015 Additional clarifications on nondiscrimination based on health status by group health plans Other E A
1/16/2015 Federal regulators re-emphasize that premium reimbursement arrangements for individual policies are prohibited Other I E A
12/17/2014 Non-hospital / non-physician services plans won’t meet ACA minimum value requirements for 2015 Other I E A
11/5/2014 CMS announces delay in enforcement of Health Plan Identifier (HPID) regulations Other E A
10/17/2014 Enrollment: IRS guidance for Section 125 cafeteria plan Exchange I E A
8/5/2014 Agent/Broker Training and Compensation Exchange I E A
7/30/2014 Employer reporting: Draft forms released Exchange I E A
7/30/2014 Navigator funding available Exchange I E A
6/26/2014 SHOP Employee Choice Exchange I E A
6/26/2014 Health Center Expanded Services Exchange I S E A D L
6/16/2014 Medicaid and CHIP enrollment data Exchange I E A D
5/21/2014 Final regulations released on large employer coverage reporting (Sec. 6056) Other I E A
5/21/2014 Final regulations released on minimum essential coverage reporting (Sec. 6055) Other I E A
5/21/2014 Final regulations released on 90-day waiting periods and its’ limitations Other I E A
5/20/2014 Updates required for COBRA notices for employers Other I E A
4/25/2014 IRS provides guidance on 2015 High Deductible Health Plans Out-of-Pocket Maximum Limits Marketplace I E A
4/03/2014 Small group maximum deductible limitations repealed Marketplace I E A
3/26/2014 Employer Shared Responsibility requirements for 2015 and beyond – additional information on safe harbors Other I E A
3/18/2014 2015 Actuarial Value Calculator and methodology released Marketplace I E A
3/13/2014 2015 cost sharing limitations finalized and released Marketplace I E A D
3/13/2014 Transition policy extended Marketplace I E A
2/25/2014 Medicaid and CHIP updates Marketplace I S E A D
2/11/2014 Final regulations released on Employer Shared Responsibility requirements for 2015 and beyond Other I E A
2/11/2014 Changes to cost sharing limits coming in 2015 Other
Marketplace
I E A D
1/22/2014 Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment Other
Marketplace
I E A D
1/15/2014 CMS approves Medicaid expansion Other
Marketplace
I E A
12/30/2013 Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan extended Other
Marketplace
I E A
12/23/2013 UPDATE: CMS releases new guidance for individuals with cancelled plans Other
Marketplace
I E A D
12/20/2013 Department of Health and Human Service clarifies Marketplace privacy and security standards Other
Marketplace
I E A
12/20/2013 HHS announces 365,000 individuals enrolled on Health Insurance Marketplace Other
Marketplace
I E A
12/20/2013 CCIIO issues guide to assist agents and brokers through the Marketplace enrollment process Other
Marketplace
I E A
12/16/2013 HHS announces funding for mental health and substance use care Other
Marketplace
I E A
12/9/2013 HHS issues proposed guidance for the 2015 benefit year Other
Marketplace
I E A
12/2/2013 CMS announces SHOP enrollment will be direct through issuers Other
Marketplace
I E A
11/26/2013 The Healthy Michigan Plan Other
Marketplace
I E A
11/26/2013 Federally-facilitated Marketplace enrollment period extended one week Other
Marketplace
I E A
11/15/2013 Transition proposed to help consumers facing product discontinuation Other
Marketplace
I S E A D L
11/6/2013 Revised SHOP FAQ clarifies average employee quoting option for employers Other
Marketplace
E A
10/18/2013 CCIIO releases FAQs Other
Marketplace
A
10/17/2013 Understanding the advanced premium tax credit Other
Marketplace
A
10/15/2013 Small business tax credit proposed rule issued Other
Marketplace
A
10/08/2013 Application instructions released Other
Marketplace
A
9/17/2013 Employer notification of the Marketplace Other
Marketplace
A
9/16/2013 Medicaid Expansion and Reform Signed by Governor Snyder Other
Marketplace
A
9/03/2013 Part II of the Agent/Broker Registration Process in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace Other
Marketplace
A
8/07/2013 Individuals can create a Marketplace account Other
Marketplace
A
8/05/2013 HHS issues proposed rule on Marketplace monitoring of privacy and security standards Other
Marketplace
A
7/31/2013 CMS announces webinar series for agents and brokers Other
Marketplace
A
7/31/2013 CMS agent/broker training to begin this week Other
Marketplace
A
7/30/2013 Navigator and Certified Application Counselor Final Rule Issued July 17 Marketplace I E A
7/26/2013 IRS issues formal notice delaying employer mandate and coverage reporting until 2015 Other
Exchange
I E A
7/26/2013 Proposed Rule issued on Marketplace Information Reporting Other
Exchange
I E A
7/25/2013 CMS announces agent/broker webinar Other
Exchange
A
7/24/2013 Department of Labor releases updated model notices Other
Exchange
I E A
7/8/2013 Proposed rule establishes HHS complaint system Other
Exchange
I E A D
7/3/2013 Government announces delays Other
Exchange
I E A D
7/1/2013 Marketplace eligibility provisions amended in new proposed rule Other
Exchange
I E A D
6/28/2013 CMS Launches Call Center Other
Exchange
I S E A D
6/24/2013 CMS issues guaranteed issue and renewal final rule Other
Exchange
I E A
6/24/2013 HHS Releases Final Rule on Single Risk Pool Other
Exchange
I E A
6/21/2013 IRS announces maximum out-of-pocket costs Other
Exchange
I E A
6/21/2013 CMS releases SHOP Final Rule Other
Exchange
I E A
6/21/2013 Revised paper applications for employers and employees Other
Exchange
I E A
6/11/2013 CCIIO releases new Agent, Broker, and Web-Broker Guidance Other
Exchange
I S E A D L
6/11/2013 HHS issues Bulletin providing standards for issuer’s renewal notices Other
Exchange
I E A
6/11/2013 Final Guidance on Wellness Programs Released Other
Exchange
I E A
6/11/2013 Department of Labor releases update on employer notice to employees about the Marketplace Other
Exchange
I E A
5/29/2013 Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program Interim Final Rule Other
Exchange
I E A
5/28/2013 CMS releases revised Marketplace paper applications Other
Exchange
I E A
5/6/2013 SHOP Sections of the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Final Rule Other
Exchange
I E A
5/6/2013 HHS Announces Applicable User Fees Other
Exchange
I E A
5/6/2013 CMS releases the Marketplace Brand Guide Other
Exchange
I E A
4/30/2013 Federal agencies release proposed rule on 90-day waiting period limitation Other
Exchange
I E A
4/30/2013 CMS Announces New Navigator Funding Opportunity Other
Exchange
A
4/19/2013 Michigan issues individual and small group 2014 market rules for plans sold on and off the Marketplace Other
Exchange
I E A
4/16/2013 CMS launches new online site for outreach and education resources Other
Exchange
I E A D
4/12/2013 CMS issues FAQ on ancillary products Other
Exchange
I E A
4/11/2013 HHS Issues Proposed Rule on Standards for Navigators and Non-Navigator Assistance Personnel Other
Exchange
E A
3/21/2013 HHS issues new proposed rule postponing employee choice in SHOP Other
Exchange
I E A
3/14/2013 CMS issues final rule on reinsurance program Other
Exchange
I E A
3/14/2013 CMS Releases data collection efforts Other
Exchange
A
3/13/2013 OPM Releases Multi-State Plan Final Rule Other
Exchange
I E
3/13/2013 HHS Approves Michigan to Operate State-Partnership Marketplace Other
Exchange
I E
3/7/2013 HHS Releases Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation Final Rule Other
Exchange
I E
3/4/2013 Health Care Reform - Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Announces Closure to New Enrollment Other
Exchange
I E
2/22/2013 Health Care Reform - IRS releases final regulations on 2013 medical device tax Taxes I E
2/15/2013 CMS Issues Draft Health Insurance Marketplace1 Applications Other
Exchange
I E
1/29/2013 Government delays employer requirement to notify employees of the Exchange Exchange I E
12/27/2012 HHS issues proposed rule on Essential Health Benefits and Actuarial Value Other
Exchange
I E A D
12/27/2012 Proposed rule released on group wellness incentives Other
Exchange
I E A
12/27/2012 CMS Issues Proposed Rule: Modified Community Rating Other
Exchange
I A
12/27/2012 IRS Issues Final Rule on the Comparative Effectiveness Fee Taxes
Exchange
I E A
12/27/2012 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Proposed Rule: Guaranteed Issue and Renewal Other
Exchange
I E A
12/27/2012 HHS Issues Accreditation Related Items in Proposed Rule Other
Exchange
I E A D L
12/27/2012 CMS Issues Proposed Rule: Risk Adjustment, Risk Corridors and Reinsurance Other
Exchange
I E A
12/27/2012 CMS Issues Proposed Rule: Single Risk Pool Other
Exchange
I E A
12/21/2012 CMS Issues Proposed Rule: Catastrophic Plans Subsidies
Consumer protections
Other
Exchange
I A
9/27/2012 Cost sharing: Out-of-pocket and deductible rules Subsidies
Consumer protections
Other
Exchange
I E A
09/25/2012 Reinsurance fee will fund program to subsidize individual plans Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees E
09/19/2012 Temporary enforcement safe harbor under contraceptive services mandate clarified Insurance Reform
Coverage changes
Employer responsibilities
I E A L
09/10/2012 Cafeteria plans' health flexible spending arrangements will have $2,500 limit Employer responsibilities
Other
I E
08/24/2012 State preparing for federal Exchange or state-federal partnership Exchange Exchange
Other
I E
08/20/2012 Determining eligibility to participate on the Exchange Exchange
Other
I E
07/31/2012 IRS issues final rule regarding premium tax credits for the Exchange Exchange
Subsidies
I
07/10/2012 Exchange: Accreditation of Qualified Health Plans Health Reform I E A
07/09/2012 Actuarial Value Defined Exchange
Other
I E
07/09/2012 Network Adequacy and Essential Community Providers Exchange
Other
I E A D
06/28/2012 Supreme Court upholds Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Health Reform I S E A D L
06/12/2012 Further clarifications on the Comparative Effectiveness Fee Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees I E A
05/31/2012 Stand-Alone Dental on the Exchange Exchange
Other
I E A
05/25/2012 Child-only coverage on the Exchange Consumer protections
Exchange
Other
I E A
03/27/2012 Exchange Final Rule Issued Other I E A
03/22/2012 Additional guidance provided on employers' requirements for shared responsibility fee, automatic enrollment, and waiting periods Employer responsibilities E
02/27/2012 Early Retiree Reinsurance Program will exhaust its $5 billion allocation Employer responsibilities E
02/17/2012 Additional component added to final rule on preventive health services for religious employers Coverage changes E
02/14/2012 Further guidance on W-2 reporting requirements released on Jan. 3 Employer responsibilities E
02/13/2012 Summary of Benefits and Coverage Final Rule Released Consumer protections
Insurance reform
Employer responsibilities
I E A
02/02/2012 Preliminary guidance released on essential health benefits Consumer protections
Insurance reform
I E A D
12/22/2011 HHS Issues Final Medical Loss Ratio Rule Consumer protections
Insurance reform
I E A
12/15/2011 Native Americans Provisions on the Exchange Other I E A D
11/29/2011
Updated
Proposed regulations help consumers understand coverage options Consumer protections
Insurance reform
Employer responsibilities
I E A
11/17/2011 Insurance exchanges must offer multi-state individual and small group health plans Other I E A
11/11/2011 Institute of Medicine report says costs key in shaping essential health benefits Coverage changes I E A D
11/11/2011 Changes to Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans aim to increase enrollment in high risk pools Other I E A D
11/09/2011
Updated
Announcement Correction: Health care reform CLASS Act program will not be implemented Coverage changes
Employer responsibilities
Insurance reform
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I S E
11/04/2011 Qualified health plans: Standards for products offered in new health insurance exchanges Coverage changes
Employer responsibilities
Insurance reform
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I E A D
11/03/2011 Risk adjustment, risk corridors and reinsurance measures would help states, insurers mitigate risk Coverage changes
Employer responsibilities
Insurance reform
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I E A D
10/17/2011 Proposed rules outline state-based competitive health insurance exchanges Coverage changes
Employer responsibilities
Insurance reform
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I E A
09/21/2011
Updated
Employers must offer minimum essential coverage or face penalties, but IRS to loosen 'play or pay' requirement Coverage changes
Employer responsibilities
Insurance reform
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I E A L
09/16/2011 Community health center grants now available Coverage changes
Employer responsibilities
Insurance reform
I D
08/09/2011
Updated
HHS issues guidelines on required women's preventive services Insurance reform I A L
08/09/2011 Individual mandate will require people to buy health insurance or face financial penalty Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
Medicare and Medicaid
Coverage changes
I S L
08/09/2011 Expanded choices, lower costs of health coverage are goals of insurance exchanges Consumer protections
Insurance reform
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I E A L
07/21/2011 Michigan rate review process deemed effective Insurance reform L
07/21/2011 Federal grants available to help support workplace health programs Employer responsibilities E
07/18/2011 Elder Justice Act targets abuse in long-term care facilities Consumer protections S
07/18/2011 National Prevention Strategy casts broad net in effort to improve health of Americans Consumer protections I
07/07/2011 Health care reform establishes fee to fund research comparing effectiveness of treatment options Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees D
05/26/2011
Updated
Rate increases meeting threshold subject to government review Consumer protections
Insurance reform
I E
05/03/2011 Free-choice vouchers repealed Employer responsibilities E
04/27/2011 Medicare proposal would use Accountable Care Organizations to improve quality, rein in costs Medicare and Medicaid I D
04/27/2011 Government office aims to help consumers navigate health care reform Consumer protections I
04/27/2011 Form 1099 tax-reporting requirement for businesses repealed Employer responsibilities E
04/20/2011 W-2 reporting requirements expanded for some employers Employer responsibilities E
04/06/2011 Additional information released regarding grandfathered group health plans Employer responsibilities E
03/25/2011 Employers that don't offer minimum essential health coverage may face penalties Employer responsibilities
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I E
01/19/2011
Updated
National health reform changes that affect consumer-driven health care accounts Employer responsibilities
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I E D
01/04/2011 How health care reform will change Medicaid Medicare and Medicaid I E D L
12/29/2010
Updated
Nondiscrimination requirements for fully insured group health plans Employer responsibilities E
12/22/2010 Employers must allow breastfeeding breaks under health reform Employer responsibilities I E
12/17/2010
Updated
Some small group customers may be eligible for a tax credit under the new reform law Employer responsibilities
Insurance reform
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
E
12/17/2010 High-income individuals to pay higher premiums for Medicare Part D coverage Medicare and Medicaid I
12/02/2010 Health care reform requires employers to notify their employees in advance of certain coverage changes Consumer protections
Employer responsibilities
I E
11/19/2010 Employer wellness grants, higher discounts for wellness programs allowed under health care reform Other I E
11/03/2010 Administrative simplification provision creates operating rules and uniform standards Insurance reform I D
11/03/2010 Insurers must meet Medical Loss Ratio requirements or provide rebates to members Consumer protections
Insurance reform
I E
10/20/2010 Department of Labor clarifies rescissions regulation Consumer protections
Employer responsibilities
I E
09/29/2010 Appeals process standardized under health reform law Consumer protections
Employer responsibilities
I E
09/10/2010 How Medicare Advantage will change due to national health reform Medicare and Medicaid I E
09/10/2010 Changes to Medicare Advantage enrollment periods Medicare and Medicaid I E
09/07/2010 Interim final rules would restrict employers' ability to retroactively cancel coverage Consumer protections I E
08/20/2010 Coming soon: Special enrollment period to add or re-enroll eligible dependents Consumer protections
Insurance reform
I E
08/03/2010 How health benefits will change in the near future Consumer protections
Insurance reform
Coverage changes
I
08/03/2010 Regulations released for immunizations and preventive coverage with no cost-sharing Consumer protections
Insurance reform
Coverage changes
I D
07/20/2010 Michigan employers working to comply with several administrative health care reform requirements Employer responsibilities E
07/19/2010 How “Plan Year” impacts BCBSM and BCN group and individual customers Employer responsibilities I E
07/01/2010 Government Internet portal for individuals and small groups up and running Transparency I E
06/29/2010 "Patient's Bill of Rights": Government releases regulations on several patient protection provisions Consumer protections
Insurance reform
I E
06/29/2010 Department of Health and Human Services accepting applications for companies to apply for early retiree reinsurance Employer responsibilities
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I E
06/25/2010 Plans to simplify benefit information for members Insurance reform
Transparency
I E
06/15/2010
Updated
What "grandfathered" means and how it impacts customers and members Employer responsibilities E
06/14/2010 BCBSM and BCN working with stakeholders to ensure compliance with near-term health care reform requirements Consumer protections
Insurance reform
I E
06/02/2010
Updated
Forms and additional guidance available to help small businesses claim tax credit Employer responsibilities E
05/20/2010 Medicare Part D beneficiaries will automatically receive $250 rebate when they reach "donut hole" Medicare and Medicaid I
05/13/2010 More information available regarding continued coverage for dependent children up to age 26 Consumer protections
Insurance reform
I E
05/07/2010 Health and Human Services releases interim final rule about application requirements for early retiree reinsurance Employer responsibilities
Subsidies, penalties, taxes and fees
I E
04/29/2010 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan ahead of pack with long-standing policy regarding insurance rescissions Coverage changes
Insurance reform
I E
04/27/2010 Application requirements for early retiree reinsurance Employer responsibilities E

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