With the major elements of the Affordable Care Act taking effect this year, mini-med plans have met their demise, but skinny plans are gaining traction in their place.
Garrett Fenton, an employee benefits specialist with D.C.-based legal firm Miller & Chevalier, says that the time is right for employers to double down and get their paperwork processed in anticipation of 2015s employer mandate for the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that, as applied to closely held corporations, Obamacares contraception mandate requiring employers to provide workers with no-cost access to contraception violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Reaction to the case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., was swift, although most legal experts believe it is not likely to have broad implications for the majority of employer-sponsored health care plans.
The IRS has issued final regulations clarifying tax credits for small employers offering coverage to their employees through the SHOP exchange.
Public HR departments may need to tweak their traditional management and operational techniques to be more in line with the private sector, as tax revenues grow shorter and employees' needs become more complex.
The majority of Americans, including many small business owners, are still confused about the health reform legislation, according to Health Partners America, a broker training and education organization. Here are 10 FAQs about the Affordable Care Act and its implications for small businesses.
There are few smiles as the ACAs effect on dental coverage begins to be better understood. Coupling dental benefits with health care coverage may have unintended consequences and complicate access for employees.
Benefit broker and former lawyer David C. Smith breaks down this question that has been somewhat controversial in the past few months, yet he says has a very clear answer.
In a final rule published today, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services say employers can require employee orientation periods to become eligible for health benefits, but say they cannot last longer than one month.
The UnitedHealth Group Inc. executive whose Optum division helped states and the federal government fix Obamacare health exchanges will become second-in- command at the agency that runs the U.S. program.
How the ACA has drawn attention to vision care coverage and prompted employers to ask advisers about this voluntary benefit.
Private exchanges increasingly will feature single-carrier rather than multicarrier networks as well as more expansive product lines.
The National Business Group on Health's new CEO, Brian Marcotte, discusses two issues employers are focused on right now besides ACA compliance, and warns that accountable care organizations run the risk of being stereotyped the same way managed care organizations were 20 years ago.
Looking toward 2015 open enrollment, experts say Healthcare.gov will be a vastly better place but work continues on some back end functionality.
Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear discuss what key factors led to Obamacares 8 million enrollees