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In a new series, EBA goes one-on-one with the heads of private exchanges. What makes one exchange different from the rest, and how do brokers fit in the mix? First up: Don Garlitz, bswift's executive director of exchange solutions.

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

Commentary: The migration of employers from defined benefit to defined contribution programs has been the subject of a lot of conversation in the employee benefits industry for the past seven or eight years. The Affordable Care Act has galvanized the industry’s move forward, and the availability of highly advanced technology is likely to accelerate this transition.

The Internal Revenue Service said that the sequestration process could have an impact on the amount that certain small tax-exempt employers receive on the refundable portion of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.

A new private exchange is launching that will allow employees at companies with less than 50 lives (which are not required to provide health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act), to buy health insurance using pre-tax dollars.

Private health care exchanges bring with them major implications for employer-sponsored benefits, including a shift to defined contribution health care and increased access to data.

Pick the wrong technology provider, and you’ll be fighting fires and frustrating employees every day, no matter how Amazon-like the shopping experience is for the end user.

With the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility reporting requirements for 2015 quickly approaching, benefit advisers should already be working with employer clients to implement benefit administration systems to ensure compliance with the law, industry experts say.

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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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