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The change in leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services will have little effect on employers and the continued rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Engaging and empowering employees to make better health and health care decisions, evaluating health exchanges and dealing with the lack of health care price transparency are three of the biggest challenges for Texas employers, finds a recent survey by the Texas Business Group on Health.

Many employers have been preoccupied with limiting their exposure to a 40% excise tax on so-called Cadillac-style health plans slated to take effect in 2018, but there’s another key implementation date under the Affordable Care Act that influences a plan’s funding mechanism.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would modify the Affordable Care Act’s definition of a full-time employee from one who works 30-hours a week to one who works 40-hours a week.

While it’s not surprising that in 2013 the trend of employers shifting rising health care costs to employees continued to grow, it also appears employers have begun to design health care plans with looming Affordable Care Act provisions in mind.

Employers are making creative changes to employee benefit offerings to stem the tide of rising health care costs, but many are taking a wait-and-see approach to private exchanges, according to presenters at MetLife’s 10th National Benefits Symposium Monday.

Employers across the country may be expecting to offset higher health care costs through private health exchanges and boosting wellness offerings. However, HR leaders interviewed in a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report say that the push to private exchanges is being fueled by C-suite executives and not benefits professionals.

Forty-five percent of employers have implemented or plan to consider using a private exchange for their full-time active employees before 2018, according to a new employer survey conducted by the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative.

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In this video Craig Hasday, COO, Frenkel Benefits, and Don Garlitz, Executive Director, bswift Exchange Solutions, address four myths about defined contribution (DC) as a strategy for employer-provided plan, including how widespread its adoption is, multi-carrier options, self-insured vs fully insured plans and the impact of retail shopping on employer involvement.

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