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  • 5 cost-saving tactics for ACA compliance

    April 17, 2014

    Complying with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules could add up for employers. Here are five strategies to recommend to your clients today, according to consulting firm Mercer. [Photos: ThinkStock]


  • ACA enrollment got younger in late surge, officials say

    April 17, 2014

    People who waited until the last minute to sign up for Obamacare were significantly younger than those first in line, as the percentage of enrollees younger than 35 jumped in the last month. President Obama said Thursday that 8 million people have enrolled in private insurance plans through the public exchanges.


  • AHIP chief suggests lower-cost ACA metal tier

    April 17, 2014

    With open enrollment officially over, suggestions are emerging from industry experts on how to tweak the next round of ACA sign-ups.


  • Regular ACA enrollment closes for 2014 health plans

    April 16, 2014

    Tuesday was the last day of a two-week health law extension for hundreds of thousands of people who couldn’t finish their enrollment by March 31, the official deadline to sign up for a federally subsidized insurance plan in 2014.


  • CBO sticks with 6M ACA enrollment prediction

    April 14, 2014

    The Congressional Budget Office, the main arbiter of Obamacare’s effects on the economy, left unchanged its estimate of the number of people expected to gain insurance coverage under the law.


  • Employers thirsty for voluntary dental info

    April 14, 2014

    Advisers say employers are increasingly purchasing voluntary dental plans as an effort to cut costs, meet new ACA requirements and retain employees.


  • Mixed hopes for Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s HHS future

    April 14, 2014

    Benefit advisers are hopeful Sylvia Mathews Burwell will repair strained communications between industry and HHS, while others view her nomination as largely a political move designed to push Obama’s divisive health care reform agenda.


  • The stormy tenure of Kathleen Sebelius

    April 11, 2014

    Commentary: Columnist Craig Davidson questions whether this was a true resignation or was she a "sacrificial lamb?"


  • Sebelius to resign as U.S. health secretary

    April 10, 2014

    Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. health secretary who steered the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, will resign just as the program topped its first-year enrollment goal, according to two people familiar with the decision.


  • Obamacare adds 400,000 after deadline, Sebelius reports

    April 10, 2014

    About 400,000 people signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare since a deadline passed that was initially supposed to end enrollment, the U.S. health secretary said Thursday.


  • No ‘true reform’ on ACA will get done in 2014

    April 10, 2014

    At a legislative conference for the Big “I” agent advocacy group in Washington on Thursday, the ACA was noticeably missing from everything from legislators’ talks to the group’s lobbying agenda for the year.


  • Off-exchange options flew under enrollment radar

    April 10, 2014

    While all eyes had been on HIX enrollment numbers during the ACA’s first open-enrollment period, millions of Americans also chose health insurance options off the exchange. What does this mean for adverse selection and future premium pricing?


  • House Republicans to delay ACA replacement rollout

    April 9, 2014

    House Republicans are delaying the rollout of their alternative proposal to Obamacare, according to lawmakers and aides involved in the process.


  • Uninsured rate drops to lowest level since 2008

    April 7, 2014

    The number of uninsured Americans has dropped to its lowest level recorded since 2008, a new Gallup poll finds, attributing the decrease to ACA successes.


  • Fear the DOL wage and hour audit

    April 7, 2014

    Commentary: More DOL audits are conducted around wage and hour issues than any other topic. Be careful to not dismiss this matter, as there could be major benefits-related consequences for employers if problems are found, writes columnist Craig Davidson.


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