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  • House Republicans’ ACA delay bill continues contention

    March 5, 2014

    House Republicans’ attempts to stay the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate continued yesterday as they argued for a contentious bill that would delay implementation of penalties for failing to comply with the health insurance mandate.

  • Consumers offered relief for exchange enrollment glitches

    March 3, 2014

    The Obama administration last week said it will offer relief to consumers unable to purchase health insurance through state-run exchanges that have been hampered by technical difficulties.

  • Republicans troubled over ACA’s impact on employee welfare

    February 27, 2014

    At a Republican think tank-sponsored forum on Thursday, congressmen from the right touted a patient and doctor-focused fix to health reform, but remain split on whether to repeal or make piecemeal changes to the Affordable Care Act. They also voiced concerns about employees’ ability to make ends meet as a consequence of the law.

  • $4.3B recovered in health fraud in 2013

    February 27, 2014

    The federal government recovered a record $4.3 billion during the past fiscal year from people and companies that attempted to defraud health care programs, according to two U.S. agencies.

  • Putting the ‘adviser’ back in benefit adviser

    February 26, 2014

    At this week's Workplace Benefits Renaissance in Atlantic City, much buzz surrounded the changing industry landscape under the ACA, with most people agreeing benefit advisers looking to stake their claim on this new terrain need to focus less on brokering to confused employers and more on advising them.

  • 3 voluntary sales tips you can use now

    February 25, 2014

    A panel of voluntary carriers shares tricks of the trade at EBA’s Workplace Benefits Renaissance in Atlantic City, N.J.

  • NAHU Cap Con: Sen. Ayotte affirms support for MLR fix, other ACA changes

    February 25, 2014

    The employee benefit adviser’s role is a critical one that must be protected in dealing with the “sheer confusion” of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Kelly Ayotte told NAHU members at the organization’s annual Capitol Conference, where she also proposed several GOP-led repairs to the law.

  • NAHU Cap Con: GOP co-chair details alternatives to ACA

    February 25, 2014

    Among the top Republican alternatives to the Affordable Care Act are bills that focus on price transparency, income taxes changes and tort reform, the Republican National Committee’s Sharon Day told attendees at NAHU’s annual Capitol Conference.

  • Voluntary benefits may be key to SHOP sustainability

    February 25, 2014

    As federal funding for state-run SHOP exchanges runs out in 2015, voluntary benefits may be the key to exchange sustainability, according to Ryan Howells, vice president and general manager of Connecture.

  • More states look to mandate retirement plans for private employees

    February 24, 2014

    Lawmakers in Maryland and Wisconsin are working to make retirement plans more readily available to private sector employees. Their efforts follow recently enacted California legislation that requires employers to contribute 3% of a worker’s salary to a retirement account.

  • 70% of advisers fear vanishing sales under ACA

    February 21, 2014

    LIMRA survey finds 70% of advisers predict the ACA will slash group medical sales, with many saying health care reform will drive employers out of the market altogether.

  • Not too early for Cadillac-tax focus: Sibson

    February 20, 2014

    It’s never too early for employers to examine ways they can minimize their exposure to the 40% excise tax slated to take effect in 2018 on so-called Cadillac-style health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Arkansas Medicaid defunding a slap in the face of compromise

    February 19, 2014

    Commentary: Arkansas failed on Feb. 19 to renew the state's expansion of Medicaid and blogger Cyndy Nayer says this will lead to a series of problems for the state.

  • Lawmakers upset by HHS silence on SHOP enrollment numbers

    February 13, 2014

    The Department of Health and Human Services has yet to release any data on the number of small businesses that have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s Small Business Health Options Program, angering lawmakers who have been prodding the agency for answers.

  • Planet Fitness applies Obamacare tanning tax to members

    February 12, 2014

    Some locations of the Planet Fitness health club chain have begun charging some of their members a portion of the indoor tanning services tax mandated by the Affordable Care Act, whether or not they use the tanning services.

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