Health Reform Archive

  • ACA making progress, New Hampshire governor says

    February 24, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act is overcoming its initial problems and is making progress in accomplishing its mission of expanding and improving coverage, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan said.

  • 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.

  • GOP repeal-and-replace plan would nix HIXs

    February 21, 2014

    Republicans' alternative to the ACA, the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act, would do away with exchanges and include a cap on employer-provided health insurance that working Americans could exclude from their taxable income.

  • Covered California enrollment hits 1.6M

    February 20, 2014

    More than 820,000 people have selected a Covered California health insurance plan through the Golden State’s public marketplace through the first two weeks of February, exceeding the state’s open enrollment goal through March 31 of 700,000 enrollees for 2014, officials said Wednesday.

  • ACA rewrites rile Republicans

    February 20, 2014

    President Barack Obama’s repeated postponement of deadlines in the rollout of his health care overhaul has sparked accusations from Republicans that he’s straying into dangerous territory by rewriting the law.

  • ACA consumers avoiding cheapest health plans

    February 20, 2014

    Most Americans are avoiding the lowest-priced health plans on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, taking advantage of government subsidies to seek more protection against high treatment costs.

  • 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..

  • CIAB's CEO: The 'unknown' of 2014 is your friend

    PODCAST | February 19, 2014

    EBA talks with Ken Crerar, president and CEO of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, about why and how this "very disconcerting time" needs to be seized by brokers. He also talks goals for the group for the year ahead.

  • 5 compliance areas where you should be on high alert

    February 18, 2014

    If the last few years were an age of reform, then we’ve definitely entered a new era — a time of compliance.

  • Exchange success not determined by red or blue state color

    February 18, 2014

    Contrary to expectations, the latest findings from healthcare researcher Decision Resources Group reveal that several of the state-based health insurance exchanges that were expected to perform the best are performing quite poorly, while some of the exchanges in Republican-dominated states openly hostile to the Affordable Care Act have fared surprisingly well to date.

  • Federal exchanges said to induce consumers to overspend on health coverage

    February 18, 2014

    Limitations with how the federally-run health insurance exchanges present information misleads consumers and induces them to spend many thousands of dollars a year more than necessary on health coverage, according to Consumers’ Checkbook, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization and web site.

  • Private exchanges in good position to succeed

    February 18, 2014

    The dissatisfaction, disappointment and frustration with launch of the federal health insurance exchange could be expected, especially with the constantly elevating level of consumer expectations for e-commerce and other online systems. Meanwhile, the number of private exchanges continues to grow and are in a very good position to succeed.

  • Enrollment shifts expected between exchanges and Medicaid

    February 18, 2014

    For millions of low-income Americans, the road to health care reform in 2014 could prove to be a jagged line as they bounce between public exchanges and Medicaid as their income fluctuates over the year.

  • 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.

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