With the Affordable Care Acts new reporting requirements fast approaching, employers and their benefit advisers need more than ever to keep abreast of whats 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.
Employees have to be their own first line of defense to protect their medical identities and avoid future challenges. Here are some tips to share with clients to guard against medical identity theft, provided by ID Experts.
For employers who have done their due diligence on private exchanges, now is the time to make the jump, says HUB Internationals Sibyl Bogardus. The chief compliance officer shares what employees appreciate about the private HIX platform.
After multiple delays, early access to the federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program launched Monday in five states.
Successful wellness programs share common characteristics, including health being promoted as a core business value, senior leadership involvement and the use of grassroots wellness champions.
Commentary: The industry is scrambling to keep pace with technology-fueled demands for speedy claims turnover. Aflacs Laree Daniel explains how customer expectations are molding the industry response.
Although open enrollment for 2015 Obamacare plans opens in just over three weeks, the uninsured remain unclear about the dates and possible financial assistance available.
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 industrys move forward, and the availability of highly advanced technology is likely to accelerate this transition.
Open enrollment is a stressful time for benefit managers and employees alike. More than half of U.S. employees say the traditional open enrollment process to sign up for health care benefits is a waste of time and a miserable experience. In fact, the enrollment process is so unpleasant for employees that 20% of them would rather watch a movie about the life of Lindsay Lohan than complete it.
With mental health and substance abuse disorder services deemed an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, employee assistance program providers are taking on a new role helping employers and health plans sniff out fraudulent health care activity among substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities.
Although the ACAs excise tax doesnt go into effect until 2018, employers are already fearful benefit advisers should be offering ideas and solutions to calm their fears.
For employers fighting to maintain grandfathered status, consultants and benefit managers predict the Affordable Care Acts ongoing implementation will mean the end of these health plan structures in the near future.
Benefits firm WorkforceTactix and tech company Digital Health Innovations are using data analytics and an innovative health app to predict and prevent clients high-cost claims, increase transparency and rein in health care costs.
Several tech companies this week announced they would be adding egg freezing benefits to their health plan. While that may sound like a nice perk to some, making this and other benefit plan changes comes with risks that your employer clients, with your help, should consider.
On the heels of news about Aon Hewitts estimated more than 1.2 million HIX enrollees exceeding its expectations for 2015, Bright Choices Exchange operator Liazon is crowing about its own expansion plans.