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  • Pacific Business Group on Health caught in no-bid contract controversy

    October 23, 2014

    One of the nation’s premier business groups whose mission is employee health promotion is embroiled in a controversy involving $184 million in contracts awarded by Covered California without competitive bidding.


  • EAPs take on expanded role with ACA

    October 22, 2014

    With mental health and substance abuse disorder services deemed an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, employee assistance program providers are taking on a new role – helping employers and health plans sniff out fraudulent health care activity among substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities.


  • Adviser help needed to quell employer Cadillac tax fears

    October 21, 2014

    Although the ACA’s excise tax doesn’t go into effect until 2018, employers are already fearful — benefit advisers should be offering ideas and solutions to calm their fears.


  • Why introducing egg freezing coverage and other plan changes can be a slippery slope

    October 17, 2014

    Several tech companies this week announced they would be adding egg freezing benefits to their health plan. While that may sound like a nice perk to some, making this and other benefit plan changes comes with risks that your employer clients, with your help, should consider.


  • Small business health care tax credits may be reduced for tax-exempt employers

    October 16, 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service said that the sequestration process could have an impact on the amount that certain small tax-exempt employers receive on the refundable portion of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.


  • New Healthcare.gov CEO lays out 2015 enrollment goals

    October 16, 2014

    The new CEO of the federal health insurance marketplace, Kevin Counihan, knows there is room for improvement, but says new processes have Healthcare.gov ready for 2015 open enrollment.


  • 5 ACA issues employers should be following

    October 14, 2014

    With the Affordable Care Act’s new reporting requirements fast approaching, employers and their benefit advisers need more than ever to keep abreast of what’s happening with the ever-changing health care reform law. Here are five ACA issues the national law firm Epstein Becker Green says employers need to be following.


  • Florida group calls steep HIX rate hike routine

    October 8, 2014

    The more things appear to change, the more they appear to stay the same. That’s what a consumer health advocacy group in Florida is saying about double-digit health insurance premium increases that it says have been predating, and now post-dating, the passage of the Affordable Care Act.


  • Walmart to cut health benefits for some part-time employees

    October 7, 2014

    Walmart Stores Inc. the world’s biggest retail chain, plans to stop offering health benefits to employees who work less than 30 hours a week, a move that will affect about 2% of its U.S. staff.


  • IRS clarifies cafeteria plan changes for employees switching to the exchange

    October 3, 2014

    Can a cafeteria plan prevent an employee from heading to the exchange? New IRS direction clarifies mid-year changes for your client’s cafeteria plan participants.


  • Helping employers evaluate benefit options for part-timers

    October 2, 2014

    With the ACA’s employer mandate on the horizon, many employers with part-time and variable hour employees are also re-evaluating their benefit offerings for part-time employees.


  • Why benefit administration systems are crucial for ACA compliance

    September 29, 2014

    With the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility reporting requirements for 2015 quickly approaching, benefit advisers should already be working with employer clients to implement benefit administration systems to ensure compliance with the law, industry experts say.


  • Can cloud-based software solve ACA reporting problems?

    September 25, 2014

    As more and more companies are flooded with administrative duties due to the Affordable Care Act, cloud-based HR and benefits systems such as Zenefits are starting to gain a substantial hold in the employer market.


  • Federal and state HIX to offer 25% more carriers for 2015 enrollment

    September 24, 2014

    Those who purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s state and federal exchanges will have more choices for coverage beginning in 2015, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report released Tuesday.


  • 8 tips to share with employees to ensure a successful open enrollment

    September 18, 2014

    As open enrollment season approaches, benefit managers are moving into high gear as they prepare to answer employee questions and concerns about their 2015 benefits. And as employees take on more responsibility for their health care, it’s more important than ever for them to understand how they can make the most of the programs and benefits their employers are offering.


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