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  • 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.


  • Brokers question value of SHOP training and marketing

    August 20, 2014

    Enrollment on the SHOP exchanges remains stagnant, a concern benefit advisers attribute to inadequate marketing practices. Brokers also remain concerned about the poor quality of training for those assisting employers with enrollment.


  • IRS publishes guide to health coverage exemptions

    August 20, 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued a new one-page publication with information about exemptions to the health coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.


  • IRS provides guidance on covered entities for health insurance fees

    August 14, 2014

    The IRS has issued guidance on how the IRS and the Treasury Department will administer the definition of a “covered entity” for purposes of the health insurance fee under the Affordable Care Act.


  • Colorado introduces health plan fees to help fund state HIX

    August 12, 2014

    In an effort to raise money for Colorado’s state health insurance exchange, the board responsible for securing its financing has levied a new fee on all insurance policies issued in Colorado, including those sold off of the exchange.


  • Preparing employers for 2015 health plan enrollment growth

    August 8, 2014

    Amidst further rollout of the ACA’s provisions, researchers expect more employees to enroll in their employer-sponsored health plan for 2015 — a surge benefit advisers should be preparing employers to manage.


  • Employer shared responsibility: The top three questions asked by small business owners

    August 7, 2014

    One of the most important issues on the mind of business owners is the Affordable Care Act and its employer shared responsibility provision. Paychex shares the top three ESR questions received from business owners and their responses.


  • California weighs vision care marketplace

    August 5, 2014

    California lawmakers are currently weighing a legislative proposal that would bring vision care options to qualified individuals and employers through an exchange.


  • ACA reporting for employers and the IRS' new draft forms

    July 31, 2014

    The IRS’ new draft forms for employer reporting on health care coverage unveils a glimpse of the administrative onus in store for benefit advisers and their employer clients working to comply with the Affordable Care Act.


  • Feds release draft tax forms for employer compliance with ACA

    July 25, 2014

    The IRS released draft forms for employers to use to report health coverage offerings to employees, unveiling a glimpse of the administrative onus in store for benefit advisers and their employer clients working to comply with the health law.


  • Will dueling district court decisions on ACA subsidies impact your employer clients?

    July 24, 2014

    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.


  • Rocky road ahead for employers, politicians in ACA subsidy rulings

    July 24, 2014

    The White House this week breathed a sigh of relief – and conservatives simply sighed – when hours after a D.C. federal appeals court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service exceeded its authority in providing tax credit subsidies in 34 states, another federal appellate court ruled the opposite.


  • ACA subsidy issues hurting broker credibility

    July 23, 2014

    In another blow to the health law’s federal subsidies this week, the GAO says fake application information successfully yielded subsidy payouts in an undercover investigation. One broker says if consumers are able to obtain subsidies in circumstances where they shouldn’t, they’re not going to trust brokers who tell them the truth.


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