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12 Attorneys General File Lawsuit Over Association Health Plans

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Health Payer Intelligence reports:

A dozen state attorneys general are suing the Department of Labor (DOL) over the expansion of association health plan (AHPs).

In the suit, which was filed in the DC District Court of Appeals, the officials argue that broad availability of AHPs violates the consumer protections included in the Affordable Care Act.

The DOL’s final rule allows contractors and individuals in similar industries to enroll in AHPs that operate outside of the ACA’s enforceable policies.

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Still need to send documents to the Marketplace? If you get a letter this week, time is running out.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Healthcare.gov reports:

“We’ve been reaching out to some of you by mail, email, and phone if some information you gave us on your Health Insurance Marketplace application doesn’t match the data we have on file. It’s important that you submit the documents we need so we can help you stay covered through the Marketplace and keep any help you get with premiums and cost-sharing.

We know you’re listening because we’re getting thousands of documents every day and are working around the clock to review these documents to confirm you are eligible for Marketplace coverage. If you’ve mailed or uploaded documents already, we’ll let you know as soon as we’ve finished reviewing them.

If you’ve been getting reminder calls, letters and emails from us, but still haven’t submitted the documents we are asking for, now is the time. Beginning this week, some of you will get a warning notice in the mail telling you that September 5, 2014 is your last deadline to submit these documents.

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The Top Five Questions Employees Will Be Asking On October 1

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

JD Supra Law News reports:

“Employers are required to provide a notice to employees regarding coverage options under the new Health Insurance Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act that are scheduled to be up and running on October 1. The notice must be provided by October 1 to all employees, part-time and full-time, regardless of whether they have health coverage through their employer. New hires must receive the notice within 14 days of hire.

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PPACA could drive boomer retirement

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Benefitspro reports:

“Medicaid expansion and the new public health insurance exchange subsidies could lead to a sharp increase in early retirement rates.

Jeff Bradley, a consulting actuary at Milliman, makes that prediction in a commentary based partly on data from a group of academic researchers led by Craig Garthwaite.

Garthwaite’s team looked at the effects of a sudden drop in access to public health coverage that affected 170,000 Tennessee residents in 2005.

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Small comfort: Health care costs projected to increase less than 10%, first time in decade

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Employee Benefit News reports:

“Cost increases for health care are perhaps finally slowing down, with employer health benefit expenditures not expected to increase in 2012 at the same explosive growth in recent years. Costs for all types of medical plans are expected to increase by 9.9% for 2012, according to a survey by Buck Consultants, the first time since 2001 that Buck’s survey has projected cost increases less than 10% for any type of plan. The firm has been conducting its survey since 1999.

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U.S. Plans Stealth Survey on Access to Doctors

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The New York Times reports:

WASHINGTON — Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.

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