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Feds close insurance loopholes on preventive care

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Yahoo Finance reports:

” From contraception to colonoscopies, the Obama administration Monday closed a series of insurance loopholes on coverage of preventive care.

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How To Report to the IRS About Health Coverage Under Obamacare

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Small Business Trends reports:

“This year as you complete your federal income tax return, you’ll need to provide extra information, due to Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act will require one of three things for the 2014 tax year:

  • If you had health coverage for the entire year in 2014, you will be prompted to check the appropriate box on your tax return.
  • If you were exempt or got assistance through a Marketplace, you will need to take additional steps. Those steps may include completing Form 8962 for claiming the Premium Tax Credit assistance. Or you may need to complete a different form to claim an exemption.
  • If you are not exempt and chose not to buy health coverage, you will have to pay an extra tax or fee.

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PPACA preventive services not so free

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Benefits Pro reports:

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) basic preventive services package famous by putting a controversial mandate — for “free” birth control benefits — in the package.

Consumer groups say patients are having trouble using the other, less controversial benefits in the package, such as access to checkups, vaccinations and some cancer screenings.

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More than 10 million sought ACA enrollment help outside of brokers

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Virginia Health Innovation Network reports:

“More than 10 million people sought help outside of brokerages and agencies during the Affordable Care Acts first open-enrollment period, but benefit adviser help was still considered by many to be most valuable.

SourceMedia’s Partner Insights program enables marketers to deliver relevant content and insights directly to the Employee Benefit News audience via SourceMedia’s digital media platforms. Partner Insights content is produced by the marketer. An estimated 10.6 million people nationally received personal help from navigators and assisters during the ACAs first open enrollment period, according to a new Kaiser Family foundation survey of navigators and assister programs. The survey estimates that the 4,400 assister programs operating nationally had an estimated 28,000 full-time staff and volunteers, suggesting each assister would have helped more than 370 people on average during the six-month open enrollment period that ran from Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

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Orientation and waiting periods for coverage are latest guidance

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Business Insurance reports:

“Employers can impose a one-month orientation period before a 90-day waiting period starts to either offer qualifying employees group health insurance or face a penalty, according to the latest federal guidance on complying with the health care reform law. The rules, issued last month by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury, said employer orientation periods are “commonplace” for the estimated 5.1 million new employees per year and are reasonable as long as they are short.

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Fleishman-Hillard wins contract to market Illinois health exchange

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Illinois on Friday awarded marketing and public relations firm Fleishman Hillard a $35 million contract to market and promote the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace, an online exchange where individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase private health insurance beginning Oct. 1.

Fleishman Hillard, along with several partners, will lead a massive multimedia outreach and advertising campaign to promote enrollment in the state-based insurance exchange, a key aspect of the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Care Reform: Practical steps for employers

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Mc Donalds Hopkins reports:

“How do you determine if your business is subject to the “pay or play” penalties?

At this point, most of the regulatory guidance needed has either not yet been issued or has only been issued in proposed form. Therefore, we will provide the best possible guidance based on existing knowledge.

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Illinois Health Benefit Exchange

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The following link is an article which explains how Brokers can help save you money.

http://www.erikseninsurance.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/HealthReformWhitePaper_Oct11Revision.pdf

State eyeing five health insurance exchange bids

Friday, November 9th, 2012

PJ Star reports:

“Illinois officials are reviewing five bids to build the state’s health insurance exchange – a required component of the federal health care overhaul that Gov. Pat Quinn intends to implement regardless of who wins the presidency on Election Day.

By 2014, each state must have a working exchange where people and small businesses can comparison shop online for commercial health plans based on quality and cost. The concept has been described as Travelocity for health insurance, and it’s intended to make buying insurance simpler and more affordable.

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