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  • Hospital jobs in U.S. fall for second month on ACA change

    February 10, 2014

    Hospital jobs in the U.S. declined in back-to-back months for the first time in three years as medical care increasingly moves to outpatient facilities and hospitals anticipate reimbursement cuts under Obamacare.

  • SHOP is a flop for brokers across the nation

    February 7, 2014

    Brokers from Arkansas to Florida to New York lament that the Affordable Care Act’s SHOP exchanges are undesirable targets to steer their clients to, leaving some independent agents who focused their businesses on individual public exchange enrollment in the lurch come March 31.

  • Satisfaction with benefit advisers shows room for improvement

    February 7, 2014

    How will the ACA and associated changes in the employee benefit market impact the role of the broker? A recent LIMRA survey of small businesses reveals areas where brokers need to step up to the plate.

  • AOL blames ACA for plan to reduce retirement benefits

    February 7, 2014

    AOL Inc. blamed President Barack Obama’s health care law for its plan to reduce spending on contributions to employees’ 401(k) retirement plans.

  • Obama may allow renewal of extended health plans, Aetna CEO says

    February 7, 2014

    Health plans allowed to continue in 2014 though they don’t comply with new Obamacare rules may be extended for as long as three years, Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini told investors.

  • Insurers slash specialty hospitals to keep premiums low

    February 6, 2014

    Health insurers under pressure to keep premiums low are eliminating some hospitals from coverage in a cost-cutting strategy that threatens to freeze out centers that provide specialized care, limiting patient options.

  • Humana receives 202,000 ACA enrollment applications

    February 5, 2014

    Humana Inc. said it has received 202,000 applications for health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges and reaffirmed its 2014 forecast citing better-than-expected Medicare membership growth.

  • CBO says ACA kills jobs — are you surprised?

    February 4, 2014

    Commentary: The other shoe dropped on Tuesday and columnist Craig Davidson isn't shocked.

  • ACA will reduce number of work hours by 2017, CBO estimates

    February 4, 2014

    Obamacare will reduce the total number of hours Americans work by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs in 2017, mostly among low-wage earners, the Congressional Budget Office said.

  • ACA insurers may be forced to broaden networks

    February 4, 2014

    Insurers participating in Obamacare may have to expand their plans to include more federally funded health clinics, safety-net hospitals and other medical providers used by low-income people, under a U.S. proposal.

  • IRS could be strained by ACA changes

    February 3, 2014

    Changes in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act could pose a challenge for the Internal Revenue Service's customer service, according to a new government report.

  • Obama says extent of ACA website flaws unexpected

    February 3, 2014

    President Barack Obama said neither he nor members of his administration anticipated the magnitude of the flaws that hobbled the startup of the federal website for people to choose health-care plans under his new law.

  • Brokers ‘rockin and rollin’ on exchanges as public negativity continues

    January 30, 2014

    A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Thursday shows Americans’ bad perception of the ACA is near an all-time high. Meanwhile, brokers’ negativity about their ability to do their jobs on the exchanges has subsided.

  • Americans continue to rate exchange rollout negatively

    January 29, 2014

    Despite fixes made to the health insurance marketplaces, two-thirds of Americans (66%) surveyed in mid-January still say the opening has “not gone well” or worse, according to a new Associated Press-GfK survey.

  • WellPoint adds 500,000 members from ACA

    January 29, 2014

    WellPoint Inc., the second-biggest U.S. medical insurer, added 500,000 new members since Obamacare enrollment began and while they are older and sicker than current members, CEO isn’t worried about the risk pool.

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