Benefit advisers hoping to stay ahead of the trend of employers transferring some of the burden of increased health care costs to their employees, should be prepared to discuss a variety of new and old cost-sharing strategies, as well as additional cost-saving tools.
As the part-time workforce in America expands, a growing number of employers are considering voluntary benefit packages as a recruitment and retention tool not only for full-time staff, but their variable hour employees, as well.
The Affordable Care Acts medical loss ratio rule continues to force health insurers to pay refunds to consumers enrolled in individual and employer-sponsored health care coverage.
Two federal appeals courts have issued conflicting decisions about the legality of subsidies on the federal exchanges a split that may have some significant impact on employer planning for ACA compliance.
Employees are increasingly dissatisfied with their benefits, and therefore dissatisfied with their employers, but new research shows better benefits education can help.
In another blow to President Barack Obamas signature legislation, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the plaintiff, declaring the laws premium subsidies are invalid in more than two dozen states due to the laws specific language.
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The DOL says employers reacting to the Supreme Courts Hobby Lobby ruling by canceling contraceptive coverage will be required to notify their employees of the change, an important administrative note for benefit advisers working with employers electing to do so.
Founded by his father on the principle of specialty servicing in 1956, Mike Lewers business model is set to distinguish his brokerage team with post-ACA success for years to come.
A boom in private exchanges and a changing distribution system for health care will create a new landscape for benefits managers and advisers, with more emphasis on consumer-directed health care.
A proposal up for vote in the most populous state would give the insurance commissioner veto power over health insurance rates, among other things, and has brokers fearful of the trend spreading to other states.
Ron Goldstein, president and CEO of CaliforniaChoice, talks about the advantages of private exchanges and how networks will start to drive the benefits market as the Affordable Care Act levels the playing field on price and benefit offerings.
Millions of Americans sought help from navigators and assisters during the ACA's first open-enrollment period, but many were more satisfied with help from a benefit adviser.
The status of payments to brokers for their work signing up consumers across the nation varies from state to state and broker to broker, with some missing nearly 50% of commissions and others reporting no problems whatsoever.
The U.S. House of Representatives will sue President Barack Obamas administration over delaying the implementation of an employer health insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act.