In a major 5-4 ruling on religious freedom, the Supreme Court of the United States Monday ruled that religious rights of two Christian company owners trumped the rights of its employees to receive full contraceptive coverage promised by mandates in the Affordable Care Act.
While many brokers consider leaving the industry in response to the changing health care environment, most agree that reform has created a huge opportunity for advisers willing to adapt.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Thursday announcement that consumers already enrolled in marketplace plans in 2014 can auto-enroll for 2015 is largely positive for brokers, though the decision is symbolically unsettling to some.
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.
Road to Workplace Benefits Mania: Ahead of the July conference, speaker Scott Snow says that most employers have a large health care cost problem and arent aware that many employees have working spouses who can be covered by their own plan.
The majority of Americans, including many small business owners, are still confused about the health reform legislation, according to agent training and support organization Health Partners America. Here are 10 common FAQs small group clients have about the ACA so that you can be prepared to answer them.
In a final rule published today, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services say employers can require employee orientation periods to become eligible for health benefits, but say they cannot last longer than one month.
Road to Workplace Benefits Mania: Ahead of the July conference, keynote speaker Ben Geyerhahn previews his strategy for brokers to mitigate health costs Medicaid migration.
A nearly 7% spike in health care costs in 2015 can be attributed to a revitalized economy, the modernization of health care technology and the drastic increase in specialty drug use.
From brokers and advisers to industry and political leaders, influential groups across the country spoke up about the most pressing benefit issues. And they had a lot to say. Here are the most interesting comments made to EBAs editors in June.
As the Affordable Care Act continues to necessitate the evolution of the benefit advisers role with individual and employer clients, knowing about the tax ramifications of the health law is a must.
Despite a surge in sign-ups through public exchanges, the newly insured have many of the same fears about explosive health care costs as those who have dealt with the issues of coverage in previous years.
How the ACA has drawn attention to vision care coverage and prompted employers to ask advisers about this voluntary benefit.
As business leaders and government officials cope with surging health care costs, one global think tank is estimating that up to $303 billion can be saved through a healthier workforce should chronic disease prevention efforts in the workplace become the norm.
Advisers working with employer clients on ACA compliance should pay close attention to the DOLs recent updates on out-of-pocket limits and preventive service requirements.