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 Q:   Public Not Paying Much Attention To State Decisions The March 2013 tracking poll is one in a series designed and analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation's public opinion research team. The March poll finds that two-thirds of the uninsured and a majority of Americans overall say they have too little information to know how the Affordable Care Act will affect them, and that Americans’ awareness of key elements of the law has declined somewhat since passage when media attention was at its height.

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 Q:   Deep Dive Into Employer Rules and Penalties This March 2013 webinar by GCG Financial covers the rules and penalties for larger employers under the Affordable Care Act.

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 Q:   Health Insurance Market Reforms: Portability This March 2013 fact sheet by Kaiser Family Foundation discusses changes to portability of health insurance coverage in individual and group markets under the ACA.

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 Q:   Info For Small Businesses: The Facts on the New Health Law This January 2012 brochure from HHS summarizes the salient features of the Affordable Care Act from the standpoint of its implications for small busines owners.

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 Q:   Federal ACA Implementation FAQs These answers to frequently asked questions regarding implementation of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act were prepared in February 2013 jointly by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury. (more…)

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 Q:   "Pay or Play" Penalty - Identifying Full-Time Employees This February 2013 legislative brief from GCG Financial explains how proposed ACA regulations provide guidance on an optional method for identifying full-time employees for purposes of determining and calculating an employer’s potential liability for a shared responsibility payment. It also notes important transition relief is available under the proposed regulations.

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 Q:   GCG Health Care Reform Update This February 2013 presentation by GCG Financial covers market developments, wellness incentives, and the employer mandate. It is part of the GCG Financial Healthcare Reform Webinar Series

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 Q:   ACA Shared Responsibility Obligations for Employers Do you have at least 50 employees? Numbers can be deceiving. This February 2013 presentation from financial consultants CBIZ explains the key provisions of the ACA affecting employers.

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 Q:   What’s in Reform for Women-Owned Small Businesses? An October 2011 resource from the Small Business Majority that gives a breakdown of the ACA provisions that make it easier for women-owned small businesses to provide health insurance.

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 Q:   IRS FAQ: Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions These questions and answers from the Internal Revenue Service on the ACA's "shared responsibility" provisions, also known as the employer mandate, reflect final regulations issued in February 2014. They explain in detail what the provisions are, when they go into effect, which employers are subject to them, and how the payment amount (penalty) will be calculated.

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 Q:   Health and Entrepreneurship: Leveraging the ACA to Build your Business This presentation by Health & Disability Advocates at Chicago Ideas Week 2012 describes the economic value of the ACA's tapping of pent-up demand for coverage, and the opportunities it creates for entrepreneurs who adopt a post-2014 business model.

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 Q:   Implications of the Affordable Care Act for American Business Critics frequently characterize the ACA as a threat to American business and to the survival of employer-based health insurance. But objective analysis of the ACA’s impact on coverage and costs demonstrates the opposite. In fact, the ACA’s requirements have a negligible impact on total employer-sponsored coverage and its costs. This policy brief from the Urban Institute focuses particularly on the impact of the law’s penalties on mid-size and large employers not offering coverage or offering unaffordable or inadequate coverage.

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 Q:   Impact of the Affordable Care Act for Illinois This September 2012 summary of state-specific information from HealthCare.gov provides a list of the improvements that the ACA is already making for small businesses, individuals, and community organizations in Illinois.

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 Q:   Illinois Small Business Owners’ Views on Implementing the Affordable Care Act A June 2012 Opinion Poll by the Small Business Majority found that once Illinois small business owners hear more about the healthcare law, their support for keeping it intact — either as is or with minor changes — rises to 68%, while the desire for it to be overturned drops to 14%. The poll was conducted in eight states with diverse political profiles. It also revealed a strong interest in workplace wellness programs, if they would help lower coverage costs.

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 Q:   Employee Health Benefits: Access and Coverage Trends This 2010 issue brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute looks at trends in employment-based health benefits during 1997-2010. This are the most common form of health insurance in the United States, but during this period the proportion of workers with health coverage has been declining.

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