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With private health insurance exchanges already in motion and public exchanges just five months away from enrolling plan participants for 2014, HR and benefit professionals can sure use a crash course on the HIX concept if they’re not already familiar with the details.

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Two court rulings issued this week taking opposing views on the legality of subsidies granted to individuals who enroll in the public health care exchanges have the potential to further delay the employer mandate, say some legal experts.

In another blow to President Barack’s Obama’s signature legislation, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the plaintiff, declaring the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two dozen states due to the law’s specific language.

The ink is barely dry on 2014 HIX enrollment tallies, but a recent report suggests that as many as 90% of S&P 500 companies could pull the plug on their current health insurance plans and move employees to public or private exchanges by 2020.

Early adopters of private health care exchanges shared their experiences this week at EBN’s Private Healthcare Exchanges conference in Chicago, with many reporting employee communication as one of their primary challenges in moving to the exchange model.

California employers with fewer than 50 employees will not have to offer Affordable Care Act-compliant health plans until 2016 thanks to a new state law.

Still in their infancy, private exchanges present a tremendous opportunity to rein in health care spending and help HR deal with more pressing issues. But what makes a good one, and how are they growing?

The Internal Revenue Service has issued final regulations on the tax credit available to certain small employers that offer health insurance coverage to their employees under the Affordable Care Act.

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.

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Tracking Insurer Filings for 2015 ACA Exchange Premiums

A graphic tool from PwC’s Health Research Institute blends a map with data analysis to offer a preliminary look at 2015 individual market rate filings.

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