Taking an entirely generic approach to health plan communications is no longer a winning strategy. Personalized communications that offer a holistic look at plan benefits will do more to engage participants.
New research from a North American sample of HR leaders finds that the Affordable Care Act is not a primary concern among employers, even as the landmark health care law continues to worry the masses.
While most employees blame occasional tardiness on traffic jams and missed alarm clocks, some people are apt to get a little more creative with their excuses. A new CareerBuilder study unveiled 12 memorably unique excuses heard by employers across the country. [photos: ThinkStock]
Limitations with how the federally-run health insurance exchanges present information misleads consumers and induces them to spend many thousands of dollars a year more than necessary on health coverage, according to Consumers Checkbook, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization and web site.
Obamacare will reduce the total number of hours Americans work by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs in 2017, mostly among low-wage earners, the Congressional Budget Office said.
More than half of Americans do not know the date by which they must purchase health insurance to comply with the Affordable Care Acts individual mandate provision, according to a Bankrate.com survey.
To hear it from Vice President Joe Biden, the fight over the Affordable Care Act may be far from over but hes certainly interested in recognizing the troops who helped build support for the landmark legislation.
ERISA permits e-disclosures but employers need to be aware of the rules.
Leaders overseeing the launch of the federal health care exchange understood the importance of technology. But they did not understand how to build technology. And that lack of intuitive understanding and respect for the nature of how technology is built led to decisions that doomed the project's launch.
The decision, which helps live up to a promise Obama made when pushing for passage of health reform, is couched as an administrative fix that says following ACA will not require insurance companies to upgrade their plan for individuals who have been in these existing plans so far.
While confusion and acrimony dominate discussions over Healthcare.gov, HR sources are reporting few if any concerns from their workforce populations, most of whom are snug and secure in their employer-sponsored health care.
Nearly one in five doesn't even know if their company has a wellness program. Are your workers entirely ignorant of your offerings?
Even if their employees don't use the exchanges, their functioning depends pretty heavily on some critical interactions among exchanges, employers, and their employees.
Health care fraud will come at employers at an alarming rate, in part because the Affordable Care Act opens insurance up to millions of people who have no experience buying health insurance, said fraud expert Chuck Whitlock during the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans annual conference. He shared five ways employers can minimize fraud in their health plans. [Images: Shutterstock]
As the Obama administration works to fix the technological problems associated with Healthcare.gov, greater issues with the federal health care exchanges remain, said a panel of health care experts Thursday in Washington.