Health Reform Archive

  • 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]

  • ACA enrollment got younger in late surge, officials say

    April 17, 2014

    People who waited until the last minute to sign up for Obamacare were significantly younger than those first in line, as the percentage of enrollees younger than 35 jumped in the last month. President Obama said Thursday that 8 million people have enrolled in private insurance plans through the public exchanges.

  • AHIP chief suggests lower-cost ACA metal tier

    April 17, 2014

    With open enrollment officially over, suggestions are emerging from industry experts on how to tweak the next round of ACA sign-ups.

  • Regular ACA enrollment closes for 2014 health plans

    April 16, 2014

    Tuesday was the last day of a two-week health law extension for hundreds of thousands of people who couldn’t finish their enrollment by March 31, the official deadline to sign up for a federally subsidized insurance plan in 2014.

  • CBO sticks with 6M ACA enrollment prediction

    April 14, 2014

    The Congressional Budget Office, the main arbiter of Obamacare’s effects on the economy, left unchanged its estimate of the number of people expected to gain insurance coverage under the law.

  • Benefit brokers hopeful of good HHS relationship post-Sebelius

    April 11, 2014

    With the departure of the HHS secretary comes an opportunity for brokers and agents to have their voices heard by a new leader as they continue to assist consumers with the ACA’s exchanges.

  • The stormy tenure of Kathleen Sebelius

    April 11, 2014

    Commentary: Columnist Craig Davidson questions whether this was a true resignation or was she a "sacrificial lamb?"

  • Sebelius in a tough spot but could have done more

    April 11, 2014

    Commentary: Sebelius was in an “unwinnable position," according to the former head of sales and marketing at Covered California, Michael Lujan. The former insurance agent writes that more engagement with the benefits industry would have behooved the troubled health secretary.

  • Sebelius to resign as U.S. health secretary

    April 10, 2014

    Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. health secretary who steered the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, will resign just as the program topped its first-year enrollment goal, according to two people familiar with the decision.

  • 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.

  • Obamacare adds 400,000 after deadline, Sebelius reports

    April 10, 2014

    About 400,000 people signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare since a deadline passed that was initially supposed to end enrollment, the U.S. health secretary said Thursday.

  • No ‘true reform’ on ACA will get done in 2014

    April 10, 2014

    At a legislative conference for the Big “I” agent advocacy group in Washington on Thursday, the ACA was noticeably missing from everything from legislators’ talks to the group’s lobbying agenda for the year.

  • Off-exchange options flew under enrollment radar

    April 10, 2014

    While all eyes had been on HIX enrollment numbers during the ACA’s first open-enrollment period, millions of Americans also chose health insurance options off the exchange. What does this mean for adverse selection and future premium pricing?

  • House Republicans to delay ACA replacement rollout

    April 9, 2014

    House Republicans are delaying the rollout of their alternative proposal to Obamacare, according to lawmakers and aides involved in the process.

  • Don’t miss the lessons of ACA’s first enrollment

    April 8, 2014

    The ACA's first open enrollment period presented some expected — and some out-of-the-blue — challenges for carriers, agents and others tasked with enrolling millions of individuals on the health insurance exchanges. Those challenges should serve as lessons and preparation exercises for the next open enrollment, several industry experts advise.

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