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  • Obama administration to alter ACA enrollment in 2016

    November 24, 2014

    HHS is proposing to make some significant changes to the rules governing the Affordable Care Act, including a shortened time period for open enrollment and training requirements for brokers and agents.


  • ACA approval hits record low as those with HIX plans satisfied with coverage

    November 24, 2014

    Americans’ approval of the Affordable Care Act is at a record low yet those uninsured who purchased coverage through the exchange are overall pleased with the quality of coverage they obtained.


  • Employer mandate focus of House Republicans' lawsuit

    November 21, 2014

    U.S. House Republicans made good on a vote to sue the Obama administration over implementation of the 2010 health-care law with a lawsuit naming the Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury as defendants in what they claim to be a case of constitutional overreach.


  • The IRS weighs in on the ACA and ‘skinny’ plans

    November 21, 2014

    The IRS plans to close a major loophole in the ACA by banning employers who offer ‘skinny’ medical plans without hospitalization coverage from qualifying as minimum value plans under the health reform law.


  • ACA sign-ups erroneously inflated with dental plans

    November 20, 2014

    The Obama administration said it erroneously calculated the number of people with health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, incorrectly adding 380,000 dental subscribers to raise the total above 7 million.


  • Employers optimistic about health plan coverage

    November 20, 2014

    A majority of employers – regardless of workforce size – are planning to keep their health plan coverage going into next year as the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate takes effect.


  • What's wrong with private exchanges

    November 20, 2014

    Commentary: Private exchanges are not the one-size-fits-all solution some in the benefit industry think they are, says broker Judy Miller. The veteran adviser shares her opinion about the promises and pitfalls of the private exchange solution.


  • Advisers seek tech tools to help employers with ACA

    November 20, 2014

    Benefit advisers are prepared to make significant investments in internal systems in 2015 to better manage their workload, improve existing relationships with employers and better market themselves to prospects.


  • Insurance carrier requires ACA exchange certification for all its agents

    November 19, 2014

    Blue Cross Blue Shield is requiring all agents in the individual market in one state be certified to sell in the state’s federally facilitated marketplace — even those who only sell outside of the exchange.


  • CHROs tie higher health, labor costs to ACA

    November 18, 2014

    The HIX marketplace may offer Americans more choice when it comes to health insurance, particularly as public exchange options expand, but it continues to complicate life for HR professionals.


  • A 'cynical' look at private exchanges

    November 17, 2014

    Commentary: Are private exchanges just a flex benefits reboot? Lockton’s Mike Smith shares what he thinks will affect their success and adoption.


  • Rising consumer confidence leading to increased health care spending

    November 17, 2014

    With an expected 5.5% rise in health care costs in 2015 – the same year the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate takes effect – employers have high hopes that spending can be reined through increased employee consumerism.


  • Obamacare 2015 sign-up under way with few glitches

    November 17, 2014

    On Saturday, the first day of enrollment for 2015 Obamacare plans, the federal insurance website was working well enough that 100,000 people submitted applications, U.S. health secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell reported.


  • Why can't employers pay for employees to go to the exchanges?

    November 14, 2014

    As an effort to comply with the ACA, some employers have been considering offering employees a lump sum of cash to purchase health care coverage on the exchanges, but the DOL now says such an arrangement isn't going to cut it.


  • GAO details factors that led to extremely low SHOP enrollment

    November 13, 2014

    Delays, limited awareness, competition and insufficient subsidies among problems outlined in a Government Accountability Office report on state and federal small group exchanges. CMS says brokers will play a key role in any future growth.


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