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  • Small business marketplaces leave room for improvement

    August 21, 2014

    Benefit advisers and employers say a host of challenges is not only to blame for stagnant SHOP enrollment, but must be overcome if SHOP is to enjoy any success.


  • Nearly 7M could enroll outside ACA open enrollment

    August 21, 2014

    Although open enrollment for ACA plans is not set to begin until November 15, a new report estimates that nearly 7 million adults may be able to enroll through special enrollment periods.


  • IRS publishes guide to health coverage exemptions

    August 20, 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued a new one-page publication with information about exemptions to the health coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.


  • Employers consider alternatives as health care costs rise

    August 19, 2014

    Employers are seeking help from benefit brokers and advisers as health care costs have them searching for alternatives to the current system of health care delivery.


  • Will employer-sponsored health insurance survive?

    August 18, 2014

    New estimates find the ACA will decrease the number of Americans obtaining health insurance coverage in the future. Can the employer-sponsored health care model survive under these conditions?


  • IRS provides guidance on covered entities for health insurance fees

    August 14, 2014

    The IRS has issued guidance on how the IRS and the Treasury Department will administer the definition of a “covered entity” for purposes of the health insurance fee under the Affordable Care Act.


  • Colorado introduces health plan fees to help fund state HIX

    August 12, 2014

    In an effort to raise money for Colorado’s state health insurance exchange, the board responsible for securing its financing has levied a new fee on all insurance policies issued in Colorado, including those sold off of the exchange.


  • Technical difficulties plague ACA satisfaction

    August 11, 2014

    Many consumers find health care websites tough to navigate and are not satisfied overall, indicating a need to improve the enrollment experience.


  • Preparing employers for 2015 health plan enrollment growth

    August 8, 2014

    Amidst further rollout of the ACA’s provisions, researchers expect more employees to enroll in their employer-sponsored health plan for 2015 — a surge benefit advisers should be preparing employers to manage.


  • Employer shared responsibility: The top three questions asked by small business owners

    August 7, 2014

    One of the most important issues on the mind of business owners is the Affordable Care Act and its employer shared responsibility provision. Paychex shares the top three ESR questions received from business owners and their responses.


  • Vermont drops HIX vendor CGI, broker role still in question

    August 5, 2014

    Vermont has cut ties with the vendor of their health insurance exchange, CGI, after continued complaints and errors with the online portal — a 'debacle' further exacerbated by the fact benefit brokers and advisers have mostly been left out of the loop.


  • ACA reporting for employers and the IRS' new draft forms

    July 31, 2014

    The IRS’ new draft forms for employer reporting on health care coverage unveils a glimpse of the administrative onus in store for benefit advisers and their employer clients working to comply with the Affordable Care Act.


  • IT, data challenges continue for Oregon, Connecticut

    July 31, 2014

    Technical glitches and data-management challenges have dominated HIX headlines at both the state and federal level, with the latest news showing how even the most widely regarded and most vilified state-run operations now share this common thread.


  • Employers using many tools to drive down health costs

    July 30, 2014

    Benefit advisers hoping to stay ahead of the trend of employers transferring some of the burden of increased health care costs to their employees, should be prepared to discuss a variety of new and old cost-sharing strategies, as well as additional cost-saving tools.


  • Where private exchanges go from here: 4 trends

    July 30, 2014

    Private exchanges are a complex tool in a complex market, but they continue to evolve as employers switch to them, and brokers learn to work with them. Panelists discussed where they will go next during at opening keynote Tuesday at EBA’s Workplace Benefits Mania.


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