With the major elements of the Affordable Care Act taking effect this year, mini-med plans have met their demise, but skinny plans are gaining traction in their place.
The IRS has issued final regulations clarifying tax credits for small employers offering coverage to their employees through the SHOP exchange.
Tye Elliott, vice president of broker sales at Aflac talks to EBA about how health care reform has changed the revenue model for benefit advisers and increased the need for employers to offer voluntary benefits.
There are few smiles as the ACAs effect on dental coverage begins to be better understood. Coupling dental benefits with health care coverage may have unintended consequences and complicate access for employees.
Benefit broker and former lawyer David C. Smith breaks down this question that has been somewhat controversial in the past few months, yet he says has a very clear answer.
Although some employers are considering and even implementing a private exchange option for their employees, many remain skeptical of the immaturity of the marketplace and employee readiness.
In a final rule published today, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services say employers can require employee orientation periods to become eligible for health benefits, but say they cannot last longer than one month.
Private Exchanges are rapidly gaining in popularity as a means of purchasing health benefits in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. With promises of greater cost control and increased employee satisfaction, are they the solution? And with more options to choose from, what questions should employers be asking as they compare private exchanges?
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The ACA has increased incentives for employees to quit smoking, but employers are wondering where e-cigarettes fit into the equation.
The UnitedHealth Group Inc. executive whose Optum division helped states and the federal government fix Obamacare health exchanges will become second-in- command at the agency that runs the U.S. program.
Early health plan rate filings for 2015 signal premium rate hikes that could force individuals to consider switching plans. Confused consumers will be looking for help from benefit brokers and agents well-versed in plan options.
Advisers working with employer clients on ACA compliance should pay close attention to the DOLs recent updates on out-of-pocket limits and preventive service requirements.
Private exchanges increasingly will feature single-carrier rather than multicarrier networks as well as more expansive product lines.
Insurance carriers are proposing a series of solutions to make the ACA exchanges more consumer-friendly, but not all brokers and agents agree with the ideas.
Estimated enrollment is three times the number consultancy predicted last year.