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  • Lessons from ACA: ‘We live in a world of uncertainty’

    April 24, 2014

    Commentary: Blogger Andy Torelli says after the first ACA enrollment, we’re still years away from knowing the true efficacy of the law. What can advisers learn from this limbo period?


  • Are private exchanges the future of employee benefits?

    April 24, 2014

    Industry musings about how fast this employee benefit selection tool will grow and in what format are plentiful.


  • One SHOP exchange thrives with aid from brokers

    April 23, 2014

    While no public exchange was without troubles during the first ACA open-enrollment period, one state in particular put unique efforts into its SHOP component and saw results.


  • CMS begins renewal process on Healthcare.gov contract

    April 22, 2014

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is in the early stages of looking at new vendors to potentially take over operation of Healthcare.gov, when Accenture’s contract expires in January 2015.


  • ‘The time is now’ for selling voluntary products

    April 22, 2014

    Employees are craving voluntary benefits to offset high deductible plans, yet many say they haven’t been offered any new options since the ACA became law.


  • ‘We did lose a ton of people straight to the exchanges,' and other quotes of the month

    April 22, 2014

    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 EBA’s editors.


  • How do you measure ACA enrollment success?

    April 22, 2014

    As Covered California announces the rate at which agents enrolled consumers on the state-run public exchange, two different realities are emerging from agents throughout the most populous U.S. state.


  • Why the uninsured flocked for coverage off the exchanges

    April 21, 2014

    Nearly half of newly insured Americans signed up for coverage off the ACA’s public marketplaces and benefit advisers have several theories as to why.


  • Be wary of this ACA landmine

    April 21, 2014

    Brokers may be the best intermediary to communicate a matter of pediatric dental compliance to employers and medical carriers operating in numerous states as regulations shift.


  • ACA triggers jump in U.S. consumers’ health care spending

    April 21, 2014

    Consumer spending climbed by $20.4 billion at an annualized rate adjusted for inflation in February, and $13 billion of the increase came from outlays on health services spurred by the ACA, according to Commerce Department data.


  • 5 cost-saving tactics for ACA compliance

    April 17, 2014

    Complying with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules could add up for employers. Here are five strategies to recommend to your clients today, according to consulting firm Mercer. [Photos: ThinkStock]


  • ACA enrollment got younger in late surge, officials say

    April 17, 2014

    People who waited until the last minute to sign up for Obamacare were significantly younger than those first in line, as the percentage of enrollees younger than 35 jumped in the last month. President Obama said Thursday that 8 million people have enrolled in private insurance plans through the public exchanges.


  • AHIP chief suggests lower-cost ACA metal tier

    April 17, 2014

    With open enrollment officially over, suggestions are emerging from industry experts on how to tweak the next round of ACA sign-ups.


  • Regular ACA enrollment closes for 2014 health plans

    April 16, 2014

    Tuesday was the last day of a two-week health law extension for hundreds of thousands of people who couldn’t finish their enrollment by March 31, the official deadline to sign up for a federally subsidized insurance plan in 2014.


  • CBO sticks with 6M ACA enrollment prediction

    April 14, 2014

    The Congressional Budget Office, the main arbiter of Obamacare’s effects on the economy, left unchanged its estimate of the number of people expected to gain insurance coverage under the law.


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