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  • Healthcare.gov remains vulnerable to security threats, GAO finds

    September 17, 2014

    Increased and unnecessary risks to Healthcare.gov security remain, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has failed to implement and address security issues, the GAO says.


  • Are private exchanges the next big thing in employer health care offerings?

    September 17, 2014

    Predictions for 2014 open enrollment include more than 3 million employees being covered under private exchanges. Is this the new trend in employer-sponsored health care coverage?


  • Obamacare to kick out 115,000 lacking residency proof

    September 16, 2014

    About 115,000 people who signed up for Obamacare and may not be legal residents of the U.S. will lose their insurance coverage at the end of the month, the government said Monday.


  • The IRS, DOL, & HHS: Who They Are, What They Do, and How They’re Quietly Determining Your Future

    September 16, 2014

    At an early age, we learned about the three branches of the U.S. government: executive, legislative, and judicial. But the television show “Schoolhouse Rock" only taught us part of the story. Another part of government exists that plays a critical role in the execution of the laws and, consequently, in how they impact you. This presentation will explore how departments and agencies such as the IRS, DOL, and HHS are ultimately responsible for all the “heavy lifting” that goes on behind the scenes once a bill is signed into law. Roger will focus specifically on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how the president’s signature was only the very beginning of a long road of translating the laws into practice. These agencies make rules that shape how the law impacts you and your business. In this respect, a closer look at the agencies and their responsibilities can truly provide a useful glimpse into the future of healthcare reform.
    SPEAKER:


    Roger Abramson, General Counsel, AmeriFlex

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  • High-deductible CDHPs part of ongoing cost containment strategy

    September 12, 2014

    New research points to low-cost consumer-directed plans as being a key strategy in thwarting rising health benefit costs.


  • The case of the accidental fiduciary: When a signature is more than just a name

    September 11, 2014

    Why the CEO’s ability to sign paychecks may also make them liable as plan fiduciaries; and how you can help your employer clients avoid this slippery slope.


  • CEOs concerned about ACA incentive rules

    September 5, 2014

    Ever since final rules under the Affordable Care Act dictated that outcomes-based wellness programs must offer reasonable alternatives to employees unable to achieve the program’s health benchmarks, employers have continued to worry over the effectiveness of their health improvement efforts.


  • First steps to take with IRS draft ACA reporting instructions

    September 4, 2014

    The IRS has released long-awaited draft instructions for the forms employers will use to comply with the ACA’s employer mandate, giving benefit advisers and their clients a glimpse of the work ahead for 2015 and how to begin preparing now.


  • ACA tax rule gets rehearing by full appeals court

    September 4, 2014

    The full U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington will rehear a recent court decision that found the ACA's premium subsidies invalid in more than two dozen states due to the law’s specific language. A rehearing may reduce the chances of a new Supreme Court showdown over a central element of the health reform law.


  • IRS releases draft instructions for ACA reporting forms

    August 29, 2014

    The IRS has posted draft instructions for the various Affordable Care Act reporting that will be done for calendar year 2015 and while the instructions provide much needed guidance for employers and insurers, they also confirm the daunting complexity of the reporting task.


  • HHS names new head of federal HIX

    August 26, 2014

    The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that Kevin Counihan, the head of Connecticut’s state-run exchange will join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as CEO of the Marketplace, also known as the federal government’s health care exchange.


  • New federal HIX head on what to expect in 2015

    PODCAST | August 26, 2014

    The newly named head of the federal health insurance marketplace Kevin Counihan spoke with HIX-News in June 2014 about his experience at the helm of AccessHealthCT. Listen to his lessons learned from the first open enrollment period and what he expects in 2015 in his state.


  • White House proposes new contraception rules post-Hobby Lobby

    August 22, 2014

    The White House Friday proposed two rules in response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision earlier this summer that will allow women to receive contraception coverage if an employer refuses to offer it for religious reasons.


  • Small business marketplaces leave room for improvement

    August 21, 2014

    Benefit advisers and employers say a host of challenges is not only to blame for stagnant SHOP enrollment, but must be overcome if SHOP is to enjoy any success.


  • Nearly 7M could enroll outside ACA open enrollment

    August 21, 2014

    Although open enrollment for ACA plans is not set to begin until November 15, a new report estimates that nearly 7 million adults may be able to enroll through special enrollment periods.


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