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  • ACA lawsuit could have implications beyond health care

    November 24, 2014

    No short-term effects are expected from House GOP’s ACA subsidy lawsuit, but industry experts expect long-term implications on presidential authority and upcoming elections.


  • ACA approval hits record low as those with HIX plans satisfied with coverage

    November 24, 2014

    Americans’ approval of the Affordable Care Act is at a record low yet those uninsured who purchased coverage through the exchange are overall pleased with the quality of coverage they obtained.


  • Employer mandate focus of House Republicans' lawsuit

    November 21, 2014

    U.S. House Republicans made good on a vote to sue the Obama administration over implementation of the 2010 health-care law with a lawsuit naming the Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury as defendants in what they claim to be a case of constitutional overreach.


  • 5 important Supreme Court labor and employment law decisions of 2014

    November 21, 2014

    The Supreme Court in 2014 weighed in on key labor and employment cases, delivering opinions that promise to have significant ramifications for employers and benefit plans.


  • New sick leave laws create coordination headaches for small employers

    November 14, 2014

    In the midterm elections, a majority of Massachusetts voters checked “yes” for Question 4 on their ballot – a measure that calls for employers with 11 or more employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year. Companies with fewer than 11 employees will have to provide up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time.


  • Why can't employers pay for employees to go to the exchanges?

    November 14, 2014

    As an effort to comply with the ACA, some employers have been considering offering employees a lump sum of cash to purchase health care coverage on the exchanges, but the DOL now says such an arrangement isn't going to cut it.


  • GAO details factors that led to extremely low SHOP enrollment

    November 13, 2014

    Delays, limited awareness, competition and insufficient subsidies among problems outlined in a Government Accountability Office report on state and federal small group exchanges. CMS says brokers will play a key role in any future growth.


  • Enroll America gears up for shortened ACA enrollment period

    November 13, 2014

    The pro-Affordable Care Act national non-profit group Enroll America is expanding its outreach staff and launching new technology-driven tools in order to reach the still uninsured and enroll them in health insurance during open enrollment, which starts Saturday.


  • 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.


  • Recognizing the ACA challenges posed by three-party employment arrangements

    November 6, 2014

    As the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate becomes effective, applicable large employers that utilize third-parties are faced with figuring out of what it means to make an offer of minimum essential coverage.


  • CMS delays enforcement of health plan identifiers in HIPAA transactions

    November 6, 2014

    In a surprise move, CMS has delayed its enforcement of the use of health plan identifiers in HIPAA transactions. What does this mean for your employer clients and HIPAA compliance?


  • Senate sweep won’t make ACA changes easy, experts predict

    November 5, 2014

    It was anticipated. It happened. The Republicans have taken control of the Senate. So what can benefits managers tell employees who are concerned of possible changes surrounding the Affordable Care Act?


  • NAHU lauds rejection of California’s Prop 45

    November 5, 2014

    Election 2014 recap: Licensed agent joins the Senate; top broker organizations keep an eye on legislation that could affect the industry.


  • Top broker orgs predict the GOP’s next steps on the ACA

    November 5, 2014

    With resounding Election Day victories, Republicans will look to move quickly on Affordable Care Act dismantling legislation, but NAHU, CIAB, NAIFA and The Big “I” say a piecemeal approach will have the most impact in the coming years.


  • 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.


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