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Employers reducing spousal, family coverage

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Benefits Pro reports:

“The evidence continues to mount that mid-to-large corporations will fine-tune, but won’t abandon, employee health plans.

A Towers Watson survey of 379 companies in that size range found, among other trends, that companies believe in providing health coverage, but want to be able to predict the cost of coverage.

To accomplish both, they are gradually shifting some costs to employees, eliminating some benefits, such as spousal coverage, and encouraging their workers to take more ownership of their health coverage to share in the economic risk of providing coverage.

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Health Care For $4: Are You Ready For Walmart To Be Your Doctor?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Forbes reports:

“Goodbye, doctor’s office. Hello, Walmart?

Based on Walmart’s latest moves, it’s not as unlikely as it sounds.

After years of “Will they or won’t they?” discussion, Walmart is making its long-awaited move into delivering primary care: The retailer has quietly opened a half-dozen primary care clinics across South Carolina and Texas, and plans to launch six more before January.

The clinics will be staffed by nurse practitioners, in a partnership with QuadMed.

Walmart watchers know that the company already has more than 100 “retail clinics” across its stores, a strategy it’s pursued for years. So why fuss over a handful of new clinics?

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Final health care reform rule permits one-month orientation period

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Business Insurance reports:

“Employers are allowed to impose “orientation” periods of up to one month before a maximum 90-day waiting period on the start of health care coverage for new employees, under final health care law reform rules.The rules, issued Friday jointly by the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury, finalize and clarify how such orientation periods would work.

Under the final regulations, the one-month orientation period would be calculated by adding one calendar month and subtracting one calendar day, measured from an employee’s starting day.

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College Grads Have Several Options To Get Health Insurance

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Insurance News Net reports:

“Although the open enrollment period forhealth insurance under the Affordable Care Act ended in April, college graduates have several other options for coverage.

The website, healthcare.gov, says college graduates, who do not have health insurance provided from an employer, can enroll in private plans outside the online healthcare marketplace from health insurance companies.

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Obamacare Rule: Dump Employees Onto Exchanges, Face Big Taxes

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Newsmax reports:

“Employers who give money to their workers to help pay for insurance through Obamacare exchanges may be in for sticker shock when the taxman comes calling: the IRS considers such arrangements employer payment plans that don’t satisfy federal rules.

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Shift to public exchanges could save employers $3 trillion

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Benefits Pro reports:

“The nation’s employers could save a whopping $3.25 trillion over the next decade by shifting most of their employees from workplace health plans to the public exchanges.

That’s according to an S&P Capital IQ report that notes government subsidies and individuals themselves would be left to pick up the tab.

The S&P 500 alone, it said, could save $700 billion through 2025 – potential savings that represent 4 percent of those companies’ market capitalization.

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New Baby? Health Law Plans Not Set For Updates

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Insurance News Net reports:

“You were patient with the government’s kooky website, and now you have your health insurance card. That’s good, since your family is expecting a new baby.

But you may have to jump through more hoops to get the child formally added to your policy. The Obama administration confirms there currently is no way for consumers to update their coverage under the new health law for the birth of a baby and other common life changes.

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White House tweaks health insurance mandate

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

“On the defensive, the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday its problem-plagued health insurance website didn’t get enough testing before going live. It said technicians were deep into the job of fixing major computer snags but provided no timetable.

The White House today also signaled a change underway in the timeline for signing up for coverage. Consumers have until Dec. 15 to apply for coverage that’s effective Jan. 1.

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Estimate: Nearly 1M workers to quit when exchanges open

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Benefits Pro reports:

“Some Obamacare opponents have labeled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a job-killer. New research indicates there may be a grain of truth to that — although the jobs won’t be “lost” the way the naysayers are predicting.

Rather, workers who are today in the workforce primarily as a means of obtaining affordable health care coverage will likely quit working, either temporarily or permanently.

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Meet the woman tasked with selling PPACA

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Benefits Pro reports:

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act isn’t as old as you think, but its history has already been long and arduous. Three years after President Obama signed it into law, it’s still overwhelmingly confusing — not to mention unpopular — among Americans across all demographics.

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