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  • Part-timers benefit from private-labeled exchange solution

    February 24, 2014

    As procrastinators gear up for the nail-biting final weeks of 2014 enrollment, some lucky part-time or seasonal workers will be able to ride the coattails of their employer’s customized portal for assistance.

  • Potential ACA loophole triggers talk of adverse selection

    February 24, 2014

    A potential loophole in the Affordable Care Act could spell trouble for the HIX marketplace if enough group health plans are able to steer sicker employee populations to public exchanges while holding onto healthier lives.

  • Patching vulnerabilities in self-funded plans

    February 24, 2014

    Compliant cost management is crucial for self-funded plans dealing with end-stage renal disease

  • Insurers face Medicare Advantage rate cuts

    February 24, 2014

    Health insurers participating in the Medicare Advantage program, including Humana Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc., face a base payment cut of about 3.55% next year, the U.S. government said. The ACA could bring cuts up another few percentage points.

  • 70% of advisers fear vanishing sales under ACA

    February 21, 2014

    LIMRA survey finds 70% of advisers predict the ACA will slash group medical sales, with many saying health care reform will drive employers out of the market altogether.

  • Employers to modify retiree health benefits in light of ACA: survey

    February 19, 2014

    Over the next three to five years, the Affordable Care Act will likely have little impact on the health of the employed population as employers report they will continue to offer health care benefits. However, a large share will find ways to reduce costs through new approaches for the retiree population, according to a new survey from Aon Hewitt.

  • Willis International CEO details global benefits expansion, local impact

    February 19, 2014

    The world is getting smaller and smaller by the day. And as a result, brokers’ potential to work with clients from other towns, other states and maybe even other countries is getting bigger and bigger.

  • One-third of employers eyeing private exchanges

    February 19, 2014

    A survey found U.S. employers are increasingly looking at this option, following the lead of companies like Walgreen Co. seeking to reduce costs..

  • Exit interview: Helen Darling

    February 18, 2014

    The president of the NBGH, who is retiring this spring, shares her thoughts about health reform and the future of employer-sponsored health coverage.

  • Analysis questions value of ACA deductible cap

    February 14, 2014

    In a sign of just how difficult it is to rein in out-of-pocket costs, 35% of 2014 bronze-level plans in the Small Business Health Options Program exchange had deductibles that exceeded suggested annual caps under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Study: Drug copayments and co-insurance fees up under ACA

    February 14, 2014

    Copayments and co-insurance fees have increased on average 34% compared with those of the pre-Affordable Care Act individual insurance market, according to the results of a new HealthPocket study released Thursday.

  • House GOP members demand answers on ACA employer mandate delay

    February 14, 2014

    A group of Republican representatives on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are demanding answers from the U.S. Treasury about the decision-making process behind the latest delay to the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

  • 5 retail marketing lessons for health exchange brokers

    February 14, 2014

    Commentary: Top lessons from retail that brokers and consultants can leverage to engage employees in benefits selection and produce a positive experience with benefits shopping.

  • How one piecemeal ACA repeal was killed

    February 13, 2014

    Republicans were trying to dismantle the ACA’s risk corridor premium stabilization program as recently as this week but several factors, possibly including the insurance industry itself, took them off course.

  • Lawmakers upset by HHS silence on SHOP enrollment numbers

    February 13, 2014

    The Department of Health and Human Services has yet to release any data on the number of small businesses that have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s Small Business Health Options Program, angering lawmakers who have been prodding the agency for answers.

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