The IRS this month clarified for benefit advisers and their clients that employers cannot escape ACA penalties and taxes via pre-tax premium reimbursement plans.
Benefit broker compensation problems, an existing health law and a tough exchange board have forced advisers in this state to take a backseat to the implementation of Obamacare.
From brokers and advisers to industry and political leaders, influential groups across the country spoke up about the most pressing benefit issues. And they had a lot to say. Here are the most interesting comments made to EBAs editors in May.
Commentary: An additional option is available for certain consumers to continue to enroll in the ACA marketplaces, guest blogger Laura Kerekes explains.
Evidence shows that more insurers bring down premiums on the ACA exchanges, which could ease conversations benefit brokers have with the uninsured about affordability of coverage.
With lack of information and resources deterring most of the uninsured who did not enroll for coverage on the exchanges in 2014, advisers are poised to play a pivotal role in 2015.
After a backlash from the broker and agent community, final rules on this topic show some changes from the government agency.
Variable hour and other part-time employee determinations are tough. Heres how to advise your employer clients on what to do and what not to do.
After the exchange board moved this week to switch their state-run marketplace to the Feds model, brokers were cautiously optimistic about the next step because the last open enrollment experience was a nightmare and fiasco.
In follow-up to two broker-friendly bills introduced in late March, a group of five U.S. Democratic senators are asking the agency again for changes that will help ACA-certified agents better enroll consumers.
Mirroring a recent HHS initiative, some state-run marketplaces such as Covered California have extended a special enrollment period for COBRA-eligible individuals, allowing them to enroll in a marketplace exchange plan through July.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is sounding the alarm that many children arent getting the dental care they need even though the ACA includes pediatric dental care on its essential health benefits roster for small-group plans.
Individuals could pay more than twice as much for prescription drugs with certain exchange plans, as employers that provide health coverage gain another asset to leverage.
Washington, Virginia and Indiana have new carriers signed on for next year, evidence that competition is growing stiffer in the government-run marketplaces.
As the HHS adds more opportunities for consumers to obtain health coverage outside of open enrollment, the broker and agent association says its not enough.