Health Reform Archive

  • 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.

  • ACA enrollment of Latinos lagging for Covered California

    February 14, 2014

    This is spurring a new push into communities to sell the state’s program face-to-face.

  • The aftermath of the employer responsibility ruling

    February 13, 2014

    This week started out with the much anticipated employer responsibility ruling and first shocked us with the additional employer mandate delay. But there’s much more to the ruling that advisers and plan sponsors need to be aware of in the coming months.

  • Fewer Americans getting health insurance through employers

    February 13, 2014

    Fewer people are getting their primary health insurance coverage through their employers, according to a Gallup Poll released Wednesday, which also reported the number of uninsured Americans has reached a five-year low.

  • HHS calls select ACA complainants

    February 13, 2014

    The day after Addie Wilson was quoted in a newspaper article complaining about her experience with President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, her mobile phone rang while she was in the bathroom.

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