• Insurers banned from imposing annual limits on coverage, from restricting coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and from basing premiums on gender.
Explore This IssueJanuary 2014
• Insurers required to cover 10 “essential health benefits,” including medication and maternity care.
March 31, 2014
• Open enrollment closes for health insurance exchanges; under the “individual mandate,” people who qualify but don’t buy insurance by this date will be penalized up to 1% of income (penalty increases in subsequent years).
Oct. 1, 2014
• CMS imposes 1% reduction in payments to hospitals with excess hospital-acquired conditions (FY2015).
• CMS imposes penalties on hospitals that haven’t met electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use requirements.
Jan. 1, 2015
• Employer Shared Responsibility Payment, or the “employer mandate,” begins (delayed from Jan. 1, 2014). With a few exceptions, employers with more than 50 employees must offer coverage or pay a fine.
• CMS begins imposing fines based on doctors who didn’t meet Physician Quality Reporting System requirements during 2013, with an initial 1.5% penalty that rises to 2% in 2016.
Jan. 1, 2018
• High-cost, or so-called “Cadillac,” insurance plans—those with premiums over $10,200 for individuals or $27,500 for family coverage—will be assessed an excise tax.