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  • Advisers poised to address consumer concerns with ACA premium hikes

    June 20, 2014

    Early health plan rate filings for 2015 signal premium rate hikes that could force individuals to consider switching plans. Confused consumers will be looking for help from benefit brokers and agents well-versed in plan options.


  • Why the ACA has opened a sales door for vision insurance

    June 20, 2014

    How the ACA has drawn attention to vision care coverage and prompted employers to ask advisers about this voluntary benefit.


  • FAQs about the ACA: Out-of-pockets and preventative care

    June 19, 2014

    Advisers working with employer clients on ACA compliance should pay close attention to the DOL’s recent updates on out-of-pocket limits and preventive service requirements.


  • Warnings on Healthcare.gov flaws overlooked

    June 19, 2014

    A contractor the Obama administration hired to monitor progress on its health insurance website, Healthcare.gov, repeatedly warned the project was falling behind before the site failed in October, Senate Republicans said in a report.


  • An insider’s view on re-launching Healthcare.gov, says changes should be fixed for 2015

    June 18, 2014

    Looking toward 2015 open enrollment, experts say Healthcare.gov will be a vastly better place but work continues on some back end functionality.


  • NAHU CEO: Pay attention to all types of exchanges

    PODCAST | June 18, 2014

    Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, talks about ACA compliance and how the midterm elections might affect the ACA and ultimately brokers — two of the topics that will be discussed at the group's annual conference at the end of the month. She also highlights three major trends in benefits, including exchanges, that advisers should be keeping tabs on.


  • Sebelius and Beshear: Key decisions led to ACA success

    June 17, 2014

    Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear discuss what key factors led to Obamacare’s 8 million enrollees


  • What’s your ACA enrollment advertising strategy?

    June 16, 2014

    Several benefit brokers share their experiences with using TV ads during open enrollment 2014.


  • Mass. repeals state pay-or-play regulations

    June 13, 2014

    The state of Massachusetts officially repealed the employer pay-or-play regulations that were part of its landmark 2006 health care reform law. Similar to the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, the state statute required employers of a certain size to either offer health care coverage to their employees or pay a fine.


  • Private exchange enrollment hits 3M

    June 13, 2014

    Estimated enrollment is three times the number consultancy predicted last year.


  • New ACA delay limits employee choice on SHOP exchange

    June 12, 2014

    CMS has granted 18 states a delay in enacting employee choice on the SHOP exchange, which some advisers feel is the only incentive for employers to enroll on the exchange at all.


  • Open enrollment is all about ACA this year

    June 12, 2014

    Benefit brokers should be prepared to communicate ACA updates and answer questions both in-person and via new technology to reach employees.


  • Health plans starting to beef up narrow networks

    June 11, 2014

    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.


  • Are we headed for a national ACA exchange?

    June 11, 2014

    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.


  • What’s next for big data?

    June 10, 2014

    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.


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