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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • How to achieve ACA compliance with a ben admin system

    VIDEO | November 11, 2014

    There are many Affordable Care Act requirements that employer clients must keep track of, and a benefit administration system can be the answer. But how exactly do they help, and what role does an adviser play in the process? Watch as Beverly Beattie, CEO of Selden Beattie Benefit Advisors, and Jamie Hawkins, CEO of Benefit Technology Resources LLC, share why an adviser is the ‘quarterback’ in this process and how to pick the right system.


  • SCOTUS to review ACA subsidies; experts predict little change

    November 7, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a challenge to the tax subsidies allowed under the Affordable Care Act, but legal experts predict any high court ruling will have little effect on the law or employers.


  • IRS closes ACA minimum value health plan loophole

    November 5, 2014

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


  • 5 ACA issues employers should be following

    October 29, 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.


  • Despite information gaps, early SHOP access launches in 5 states

    October 28, 2014

    After multiple delays, early access to the federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program launched Monday in five states.


  • 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.


  • 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."


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