Posts made in February, 2015


Dear SBCA Members,     As you may know, Congress is in the process of negotiating a transportation funding bill to address the fact that the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money in August if Congress fails to act.  However, what you may not have heard yet is that the Senate is targeting the elimination of the stretch IRA as a pay-for in the transportation funding bill.  The elimination of the stretch IRA was included in the...

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March 23, 2014 marked the four year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law.  Four years in, the ACA is still a long ways from being fully implemented.  This month alone has seen a number of significant developments on the health care front aw well as two important deadlines fast approaching on March 31. Another Extension for Non-Compliant Individual and Small Group Health Plans The Centers for Medicare...

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As expected, Congress came together and agreed on an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government for 2014.  All too soon the gloves will be coming off again for a fight over the debt ceiling.  Even though we expect Congress to act in a prudent fashion with the debt ceiling primarily because the stakes are so high with experts predicting the possibility of a collapse of the American stock market as well as those around the...

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Below is SBCA President, Al Martin’s explanation of what the Administration’s delay of online SHOP insurance for small business in the federally run exchanges means to you or your clients.  I asked Al to do this for us because he has recently written a book – the 2014 Healthcare Reform Facts (2d ed 2014) which addresses the issues that employers face in coping with the new federal healthcare law.  (I’m pretty sure that the first...

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HAPPY NEW YEAR ! As we kick off 2014, let’s take a look at where things stand and what we can expect or hope for in the coming year.   BUDGET   In what has become a rare example of bi-partisanship, Congress passed a budget deal which President Obama signed into law on December 26th.   Although not the comprehensive bargain that both sides had once hoped for, this is the first budget that Congress has passed since 2009...

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