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  • 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.


  • Subsidy ruling could further delay employer mandate

    July 23, 2014

    Two court rulings issued this week taking opposing views on the legality of subsidies granted to individuals who enroll in the public health care exchanges have the potential to further delay the employer mandate, say some legal experts.


  • Brokers must work for carrier commissions on ACA exchanges

    July 23, 2014

    As some brokers continue to wait for their payments, it seems no one carrier is better or worse at this issue across the U.S. What is clear is that advisers who previously worked in group need to learn a new system to track and monitor commissions.


  • Opinion: Halbig decision creates new level of uncertainty for Obamacare

    July 22, 2014

    The immediate take-away for employers in the Halbig v. Burwell ruling is uncertainty about what the future brings for the Affordable Care Act. If the Halbig majority prevails, Obamacare has been dealt a serious, if not lethal, blow.


  • Post-Hobby Lobby: DOL requires employee notification of dropped contraceptive coverage

    July 21, 2014

    The DOL says employers reacting to the Supreme Court’s 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.


  • Targeting niches: How one adviser’s focus on specific markets pays off

    July 21, 2014

    Founded by his father on the principle of specialty servicing in 1956, Mike Lewer’s business model is set to distinguish his brokerage team with post-ACA success for years to come.


  • ACA, data security create regulatory hurdles for employers

    July 17, 2014

    While employers are continuing to feel the impact from a multitude of changing laws and regulations, worries about the Affordable Care Act have begun to subside, to some degree. But the jury is out on the long-term implications of the ACA, and the ways benefits managers will live up to its stipulations in coming years.


  • Time’s up: Are your clients compliant with new wellness and mental health benefits parity laws?

    July 17, 2014

    Benefit advisers working with employers offering medical plans — take note. Two important final regulations issued jointly by the IRS, DOL and HHS apply to plan years beginning on or after July 1, 2014. Are your clients compliant?


  • Provider networks set to drive benefits market under ACA

    PODCAST | July 17, 2014

    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.


  • Senate bill to overturn SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision blocked

    July 16, 2014

    The Senate Wednesday failed to get enough support for its reversal plan of the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling that will allow some employers to decline providing insurance coverage for some forms of birth control based on religious grounds.


  • More than 10 million sought ACA enrollment help outside of brokers

    July 15, 2014

    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.


  • Senators introduce bill to counteract Hobby Lobby decision

    July 10, 2014

    Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Tuesday introduced new legislation to counter the debated Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, which favored religious exemptions to certain contraception methods.


  • New York HIX insurers seek double-digit premium increases

    July 9, 2014

    The six most popular insurance plans on the New York state health insurance exchange are seeking double-digit increases in their premium rates for next year, with an average request of a 14.6% rate hike.


  • How can employers get a jump on 2015’s ACA requirements?

    VIDEO | July 2, 2014

    Garrett Fenton, an employee benefits specialist with D.C.-based legal firm Miller & Chevalier, says that the time is right for employers to double down and get their paperwork processed in anticipation of 2015’s employer mandate for the Affordable Care Act.


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