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Smart Talk: Employers scramble to meet Obamacare requirement; Stopping malaria

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 30, 2015 9:05 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, November 30, 2015:

Under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, employers with 50 or more full-time employees are required to submit healthcare reporting in January, 2016. Despite the fast approaching deadline, many local employers still have little idea about what they need to turn in to the IRS and how to collect this information.

Many employers who have put off the reporting until now will likely struggle to fill it out correctly. If they report incorrect information, they could end up impacting an employee's eligibility for a subsidy.

We'll learn more about the requirement and what must employers do on Monday's Smart Talk.  Our guest is Rob Glus, a consulting actuary and chair of Conrad Siegel Actuaries health and welfare committee.

This segment is part of WITF's Transforming Health project covering health news and in depth analysis of today's evolving Health Care landscape. Visit us at  Transforming Health is an educational partnership of WITF, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and WellSpan Health.

To learn more about health insurance in Pennsylvania, explore the online Transforming Health tool Getting Covered.  It's an easy-to-use guide for understanding year three of Pennsylvania's new healthcare system, how to access health insurance, and how to make the most of your plan to ensure positive health outcomes for you and your family. 


Rob Glus

Also, mention malaria in America, and many people think back to U.S. soldiers in Vietnam or in the South Pacific during World War II.  Malaria was eradicated in this country in the 1950s, but in Sub-Sahara Africa, 594 thousand people die from malaria every year.  A group of local clergy and churches have joined in a campaign called Imagine No Malaria.

We'll discuss their efforts on Monday's Smart Talk


Rev. Tom Willard

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-11-30 09:43

    Thomas emails:

    There is a lot of confusion with respects to the ACA. because it was painted with such a beneficial brush, but in reality it is not a good policy/law/solution.

  • Lynn PMHCA img 2015-11-30 19:39

    A caller said she was a small employer and her question to the speaker on ACA requirements was addressed. But she also stated that she did not have insurance this year for herself. She will pay a tax penalty when she files her income taxes for 2015. She and others who need insurance can get free help from Health Insurance Navigators by calling 1 855 274 5626 to learn about and/or enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Other navigators and assisters are also available.