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  • 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.


  • The risks of maintaining grandfathered health plan status

    October 21, 2014

    For employers fighting to maintain grandfathered status, consultants and benefit managers predict the Affordable Care Act’s ongoing implementation will mean the end of these health plan structures in the near future.


  • 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.


  • In case you missed it: Walmart health care moves

    October 10, 2014

    Earlier this week, Walmart announced it was dropping health care coverage for employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, a move the company estimates will affect about 2% of its workforce. Here’s a wrap-up of our analysis, plus a look at the ways other large companies are handling rising health care costs.


  • Walmart health care coverage move not surprising

    October 8, 2014

    Randy Hargrove, a Walmart spokesperson, tells EBN that the company's decision to end health coverage for a small portion of its workforce will enable these employees to "decide for themselves what makes the most sense for them."


  • 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.


  • 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.


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