Potentially a result of complaints from consumers and increased competition on the ACA exchanges, benefit brokers may be pleased to find more options on the 2015 plans.
With some state-run exchanges struggling, brokers and agents contemplate whether a national Healthcare.gov is possible and whether that would be a good or a bad thing for the insurance community.
Benefit brokers should be turning their sights to the capabilities of health care data to improve employer clients employees health. There are doctors asking for even more potential from computer algorithms to interpret such data and could provide a glimpse into the future.
Despite all the technical glitches with Healthcare.gov and state-run exchanges during open enrollment, a large majority of Americans researching health plan options relied on websites for information, but supplemented their research with other outlets for answers, including brokers and advisers.
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This figure is about one-third less than previously estimated, after the Obama administration created exemptions from the fine.
Millions of ACA application inconsistencies come as no surprise to benefit advisers and could trigger an influx of business to brokers from confused 2015 ACA enrollees.
Advisers looking to protect themselves and their clients from professional negligence or malpractice suits need to enter into an engagement letter, according to an ERISA attorney.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius and signaling a new stage for Obamacare.
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Industry experts say that while unlikely, the historically stable product line may have the potential for price changes as its sales continue to rise.
Groom Law Group outlines ten potential issues that employers may have questions about with the health law and gives tips on how benefit advisers can clarify these areas for their clients. [All images: Fotolia]
CMS says benefit brokers and advisers are expected to be able to enroll their small business clients on the federal SHOP exchange online by sometime later this year.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced training and registration dates, along with requirements, for benefit advisers and brokers who want to enroll small business employers on the federally facilitated SHOP exchange.
Benefit advisers are poised to close the gap between employers need to control health costs and comply with the health law and employees lack of interest in taking ownership of their health care choices.