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  • 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.


  • 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.


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