EBA's top 10 stories of 2012
Despite a night that was to be focused on foreign policy at the third and final presidential debate October 22 in Florida; health care reform still came up with Gov. Mitt Romney saying he would balance the budget in part by eliminating President Barack Obamas signature Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But was that a fair claim? The editors at Bloomberg News Service checked the facts.
There are a lot of folks in our industry either in serious denial or acting like frightened ostriches. In a recent issue of EBA EBA Contributor Nelson Griswold wrote that "Obamacare" just doesn't matter ... if you are willing to reinvent your agency to both adapt to the new realities and capitalize on the new opportunities.
Forty-seven million women will now have access to eight new prevention-related health care services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in August.
The White House was forced on the defensive in early April as it sought to explain controversial remarks President Barack Obama made earlier in the week about the Supreme Court's review of his signature health care reform law.
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Employers share some of the blame for rising health care costs, but they also have the ability to dramatically cut those costs with a few simple steps, according to a speaker at the 2012 Employer Health & Human Capital Congress in Washington.
In a move that could herald a sea change in health benefits, Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden Restaurants, Inc. in 2012 will begin allowing employees to purchase health insurance through a private insurance exchange.
Benefits are typically structured to reward and motivate employees who stay at the company for the long haul. For example, retirement rewards and paid time off usually get sweeter as time goes on. Dangling a long-term benefits carrot makes sense for driving retention right? Perhaps not when it comes to Gen Y workers.
The Hartford's recent announcement to divest its retirement division has more to do about the economy and the parent's corporate direction, perhaps instigated by an activist investor, than it does about the quality of its retirement business.
Health care law expert Mark C. Nielsen of Groom Law Group discusses the adverse effect on brokers of the Supreme Court ruling and how 75% of the law is not yet implemented, reminding the industry of the long road ahead.
The employee benefit consulting arm of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has launched a private insurance exchange platform. Benefits available through the Bright Choices Exchange include health, dental, vision, life and disability coverage, among other benefits, from various national and regional insurance providers.
2012 was a year full of health care news, with most of it focused around the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Are you familiar with these top ten stories of 2012?