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  • Healthcare.gov customers get sneak peek at 2015 plans

    November 10, 2014

    Potential Healthcare.gov customers can peek at 2015 prices for the program’s health plans today after the government said it would release a “window-shopping” feature overnight.


  • Retiree health benefits case goes before Supreme Court

    November 10, 2014

    The Supreme Court is set to decide the question of whether plan sponsors bound by a collective bargaining agreement have to provide medical benefits for the duration of a retiree’s lifetime, even after the collective bargaining agreement expires.


  • SCOTUS to review ACA subsidies; experts predict little change

    November 7, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a challenge to the tax subsidies allowed under the Affordable Care Act, but legal experts predict any high court ruling will have little effect on the law or employers.


  • Supreme court agrees to hear case challenging ACA subsidies

    November 7, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a challenge to the subsidies that are a linchpin of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, accepting a case that suddenly puts the law under a new legal cloud.


  • Proactive brokers use private HIX to boost voluntary sales

    November 6, 2014

    Private exchanges are giving brokers and benefit advisers a new venue to increase voluntary benefit sales.


  • CMS delays enforcement of health plan identifiers in HIPAA transactions

    November 6, 2014

    In a surprise move, CMS has delayed its enforcement of the use of health plan identifiers in HIPAA transactions. What does this mean for your employer clients and HIPAA compliance?


  • 6 open enrollment trends to watch

    November 6, 2014

    Open enrollment season is designed to not only allow employees to make changes to their plans, but also to educate them. Likewise, employers and advisers should use the fourth quarter as an opportunity to stay abreast of the latest changes in health care plans. Here are six trends to watch for during the 2014-2015 open enrollment season.


  • Addressing ACA cost controls in the post-election climate

    November 5, 2014

    As a result of the Republican sweep of the Senate, employers are likely to face two more years of confusion and uncertainty surrounding the ACA. Here's a five-item checklist benefits managers can use to help steer clear of the penalties and taxes on the horizon.


  • IRS closes ACA minimum value health plan loophole

    November 5, 2014

    The IRS said Tuesday it plans to close a major loophole in the ACA by banning employers who offer medical plans without hospitalization coverage from qualifying as minimum value plans under the health reform law.


  • Little-known ACA enrollment period benefits small employers

    November 4, 2014

    A little-known special enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act allows for small employers to pick up group health care coverage regardless of whether they meet minimum participation or contribution requirements.


  • Aetna's bswift acquisition: A sign of more to come

    November 4, 2014

    Aetna’s planned acquisition of private exchange operator bswift may signal the start of more insurers acquiring private exchanges, experts in the industry say.


  • Voluntary benefits and unintended consequences of the ACA

    November 3, 2014

    Commentary: The average working American is part of a financially fragile workforce and many are reacting to higher health insurance contributions that could spell long-term trouble, says voluntary specialist Tinker Kelly.


  • Aetna buys bswift: Why benefit brokers must pay attention

    November 3, 2014

    Commentary: There is more to Aetna’s announcement that it will acquire exchange provider bswift than meets the eye, says health technology consultant Joe Markland. In fact, it’s another signal that brokers need to recognize the benefits world is changing around them, he says.


  • Aetna to acquire private HIX provider bswift

    November 3, 2014

    Aetna announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire private health insurance exchange operator bswift for $400 million.


  • Advisers brace for ACA-induced Dec.1 renewal ripple effect

    October 30, 2014

    An onslaught of Dec. 1 renewal dates means premium rates remain steady for now, but advisers need to prepare for heavy 4th quarter workloads.


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