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  • Helping employers halt the Rx drug cost hemorrhage

    April 30, 2014

    Unbeknownst to your clients, prescription drugs are likely costing them a great deal. As their trusted adviser, here’s how you can help.


  • Broker associations contest HHS navigator regulations

    April 28, 2014

    While benefit brokers applaud HHS efforts to hold ACA exchange navigators to licensing and certification standards, many worry federal regulation will undermine state efforts already in place.


  • Help employers understand the ACA’s limited non-assessment periods

    April 25, 2014

    Benefit advisers should be familiar with certain grace periods when employers can avoid penalties.


  • Brokers enroll 44% of plans on this state exchange

    April 25, 2014

    Topping the recent California rate of 39%, brokers on this state-run exchange completed more than 36,000 of the private health plan enrollments. Their record with SHOP enrollments, however, was a different story.


  • Are private exchanges the future of employee benefits?

    April 24, 2014

    Industry musings about how fast this employee benefit selection tool will grow and in what format are plentiful.


  • One SHOP exchange thrives with aid from brokers

    April 23, 2014

    While no public exchange was without troubles during the first ACA open-enrollment period, one state in particular put unique efforts into its SHOP component and saw results.


  • ‘The time is now’ for selling voluntary products

    April 22, 2014

    Employees are craving voluntary benefits to offset high deductible plans, yet many say they haven’t been offered any new options since the ACA became law.


  • ACA triggers jump in U.S. consumers’ health care spending

    April 21, 2014

    Consumer spending climbed by $20.4 billion at an annualized rate adjusted for inflation in February, and $13 billion of the increase came from outlays on health services spurred by the ACA, according to Commerce Department data.


  • 5 cost-saving tactics for ACA compliance

    April 17, 2014

    Complying with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules could add up for employers. Here are five strategies to recommend to your clients today, according to consulting firm Mercer. [Photos: ThinkStock]


  • DC benefit model generates much talk, little action

    April 17, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act’s ongoing rollout continues to plague employers as many look for alternative benefit structures to help with rising costs. The defined contribution benefit model – touted as a way to lower costs for employers and increase choice for employees – is generating lots of discussion but are employers ready to take the plunge?


  • Retiree health coverage at crossroads for employers

    April 14, 2014

    Retiree health coverage options have been a declining benefit for many larger employers. But today, as only one in five employees work at organizations that offer these benefits, the pre-65 population has new options thanks to the Affordable Care Act


  • Health costs pushing U.S. economy ‘off the cliff’: NBCH CEO

    April 14, 2014

    Brian Klepper joined the National Business Coalition on Health last month as the organization’s new CEO. He chats with EBN about his goals, his concerns about private health care exchanges and why the cost of health care is a threat to the competitiveness of U.S. businesses.


  • Does RAND’s coverage-uptick research add up?

    April 14, 2014

    The number of American adults with health insurance coverage from September 2013 to mid-March 2014 increased by 9.3 million – shaving the uninsured rolls to 15.8% from 20.5%, according to a new RAND survey. At least one skeptic, however, says the numbers are skewed and defy conventional wisdom.


  • Countdown to ACA compliance: How to determine your client’s common law employees

    April 10, 2014

    Legal analysis: Are employees hired through a staffing firm or professional employer organization considered full-time employees under the ACA? Answering this question wrong could cost your clients a great deal.


  • Health care engagement, evaluating HIX top challenges for Texas employers

    April 10, 2014

    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.


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