Plan Design / Admin

  • Employers should lobby for repeal of COBRA

    September 29, 2014

    Commentary: Health insurance companies, health care professionals, politicians, academics and public health advocates all have opinions about what health care reform in America should look like.

  • 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.

  • Brokers dispute study showing SHOP exchanges offer cheaper health plans

    September 24, 2014

    Premiums for health plans purchased on the Affordable Care Act’s Small Business Health Options Program exchanges were slightly cheaper than plans only offered elsewhere, a recent study found, but advisers say the study misses the big picture.

  • Are private exchanges the next big thing in employer health care offerings?

    September 17, 2014

    Predictions for 2014 open enrollment include more than 3 million employees being covered under private exchanges. Is this the new trend in employer-sponsored health care coverage?

  • Brokers play increased role in private exchange adoption

    September 12, 2014

    A new analysis estimates even more employers will move active employees to private exchanges in part because brokers are taking on a bigger role in pushing them as a solution to rising health care costs.

  • 'Striking change' in employer-sponsored health care premiums

    September 10, 2014

    Two major trends in employer-sponsored health care continue: a slower rate of premium increases and greater use of high-deductible health plans, especially among small employers, Kaiser study finds.

  • Brokers, employers granted early SHOP access in 5 states

    September 5, 2014

    CMS says small employers and their benefit advisers in select states will have early access to the ACA’s Small Business Health Options Program to test-drive the system, but not all are interested.

  • New federal HIX head on what to expect in 2015

    PODCAST | August 26, 2014

    The newly named head of the federal health insurance marketplace Kevin Counihan spoke with HIX-News in June 2014 about his experience at the helm of AccessHealthCT. Listen to his lessons learned from the first open enrollment period and what he expects in 2015 in his state.

  • White House proposes new contraception rules post-Hobby Lobby

    August 22, 2014

    The White House Friday proposed two rules in response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision earlier this summer that will allow women to receive contraception coverage if an employer refuses to offer it for religious reasons.

  • Self-insured employers wary about private exchanges

    August 22, 2014

    Large employers say they don’t have plans to eliminate health care coverage for active employees in 2015, although 35% say they are considering moving their active employees to a private exchange in 2016 or beyond, a recent survey finds.

  • Employers create game plan for expected health care cost increases

    August 22, 2014

    In anticipation of the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax, U.S. employers are planning to take more aggressive approaches to projected single-digit increases in health care costs by revisiting the viability of consumer-driven health plans and spousal and dependent coverage.

  • 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.

  • Large employers continue shift to CDHPs in 2015

    August 13, 2014

    Employers say in 2015 they will continue to shift toward offering CDHPs, but many need adviser help to engage employees in better health care decisions and understand the benefits of a private exchange.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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