Insurance Market Reforms

Health Insurance "Marketplaces": What Optometrists Need to Know as Small Business Owners

Background: The Affordable Care Act mandated the development of health insurance exchanges, also known as, marketplaces. A health insurance marketplace is a place where consumers and small business owners can go to purchase health care insurance. Starting in 2014, these marketplaces will be accessible through a variety of means including the Internet, call centers, agents and brokers, in person, or by mail. There has been much discussion and misinformation circulated regarding the responsibilities of small business owners with regard to providing health insurance coverage to employees both inside and outside of the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

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Chair Cost Calculator

Chair Cost Calculator is designed to help you determine how much your "average" patient visit costs and how you can use that to evaluate how insurance plans fit into your financial picture.

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Harkin Amendment

Summary of the Harkin Amendment: New § 2706(a) of Public Health Service Act, created by § 1201 of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") "A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider's license or certification under applicable State law.

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AOA initiative shows insurers the benefits of using ODs for care

New initiative guides health plans as they “rethink eyecare”

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The AOA’s Top 5 ACA Changes Optometrists must get ready for in 2014

We all know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation has been a major topic of concern in optometry and health care in general and the AOA and state affiliates have been working hard to keep you informed. 2014 is a major year in the implementation of the ACA and a lot of people are throwing around a lot of terms but what does the average optometrist need to know going into this very critical year? Here is a list of the top 5 changes you need to know about going into 2014.

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Update 2: Assure parents pediatric optometric care benefit included and available in all states

The AOA’s fight for inclusion is a win for patients and practitioners

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Affordable Care Act has tax implications

By James R. Armstrong, CPA, and Jodi Permenter, CPAOn June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (know together as the Affordable Care Act).

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Administration Releases Guidance for New Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

Earlier this month, the Obama administration released additional guidance on small business tax credits authorized under the health care overhaul law, hoping that the new information would make it easier for optometrists and other employers to apply for the new tax credit for providing workers with health insurance.

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Health insurance marketplaces open Oct. 1

How to prepare for new plans, new patients

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