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Posts Tagged ‘Maple Park’

The Truth Comes Out: Obamacare’s Website Enrolled A Grand Total Of Six People On Oct. 1

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Forbes reports:

“There’s been a lot of spin coming out of the White House regarding the botched launch of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. When it was clear that people were having problems with the website on its launch day, October 1, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called it a “great problem to have.” The “glitches” were great, she said, because they were being caused by the overwhelming interest of millions of visitors to the website. But whenever she was asked how many people had actually enrolled in Obamacare insurance, she claimed she “didn’t know.” But now, thanks to a Congressional inquiry, we learn that she did know how many people enrolled on day one of the federal exchange: six.


UPS blames PPACA, to slash 15,000 spouses from coverage

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Benefits Pro reports:

“The number of employers whose company health benefits plan cover the working (elsewhere) spouses of their employees has just been reduced by one — and it’s a big one, too.

UPS announced in a memo to employees that it would cut up as many as 15,000 employees’ working spouses from its health coverage rolls.


FAQ: What Workers And Employers Need To Know About The Postponed Employer Mandate

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Kaiser Health News reports:

“Surprising both friends and foes of the health law, the Obama administration on Tuesday announced the delay of a key provision: the requirement that all but the smallest employers offer medical coverage or pay a fine.

Companies with at least 50 workers now have until 2015 to provide coverage if they don’t offer it already, giving them and Washington an extra year to work through the complex details of the legislation. The administration will deliver more guidance next week.

Meanwhile other parts of the law remain on track for implementation next year, according to officials. Here’s what the change means — and doesn’t mean — for workers and employers.


My Five Obamacare Anxieties: The scenarios that keep this reform advocate up at night

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

New Republic reports:

“Conservatives are talking about the implementation of Obamacare in the same thoughtful way they talked about its enactment—that is, as an impending apocalypse. It won’t be, as I’ve noted previously. Most Americans get insurance through employers, Medicare, and Medicaid, and that will still be the case on January 1, when Obamacare’s big provisions take effect. But the minority who buy insurance on their own or have no insurance will see tremendous changes. And you don’t have to be Rush Limbaugh to have real concerns about how those changes will play out.


Preview: 2-50 Small Group Sales and Retention Strategy

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield reports:

“As a valued producer and partner with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), you play a major role in educating your group clients on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect their coverage options, starting Jan. 1, 2014.

The Understanding: Future Small Business Decisions flier provides you with an advance preview of BCBSIL’s small business sales and retention strategy for groups with 2-50 employees. Also, the Frequently Asked Questions below address the most common questions related to renewal decisions and 2014 premiums.

Additional details and face-to-face training opportunities on the small group sales and retention strategy will be provided soon.


Unhealthy Habits Have Growing Effect On Insurance Premiums

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“If you’re overweight, have high blood pressure, smoke or are diabetic, your employer may soon require you to improve your health, get counseling on the issue or pay a fine, especially if you work for a large corporation.

In an effort to rein in soaring medical-insurance costs — now estimated at more than $12,000 per employee — big companies are increasingly turning from incentives to penalties to change their workers’ unhealthy habits.

The most recent example is CVS Caremark, which has ignited controversy by requiring its 200,000 employees across Florida and the nation to undergo screenings to record their weight, body fat, blood glucose and blood-pressure levels. If they don’t do so by May 1, they’ll have to pay an extra $600 for health insurance in the coming year.


State and federal health insurance exchanges

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Aetna reports:

Understanding the basics 

Public exchanges are one of the hottest topics in our industry right now. How will they transform the health insurance landscape when they open their doors in October of this year?

It’s helpful to start with the basics – what are public exchanges, how will they work, and what new features will they offer.


Will Consumers Be Able to Understand Health Exchanges?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Forbes reports:

“Now that states have decided what they are going to do about health insurance exchanges—those new shopping carts created by Obamacare to help consumers find health insurance who do not get it through their employers—the really tough part begins.  State and federal governments need to make sure that consumers understand their health insurance choices.


Can mass marketing heal the splits on ‘Obamacare’?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Bloomberg Business Week reports:

“How do you convince millions of average Americans that one of the most complex and controversial programs devised by government may actually be a good deal for them?

With the nation still split over President Barack Obama’s health care law, the administration has turned to the science of mass marketing for help in understanding the lives of uninsured people, hoping to craft winning pitches for a surprisingly varied group in society.


This Week’s Health Care Reform Headlines

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Daily Finance reports:

“It’s a topsy-turvy time for health care reform. Fights break out at the federal and state level about Affordable Care Act provisions. Details of plans come into focus. And investors sit back to see who’s going to benefit where from what.

Here’s a look back at the reform news making headlines this week.

Federal news House Republicans back a new bill requiring private health insurers to include details about ACA-related taxes in the annual letters to customers. The thinking is that the disclosures would illustrate how the costs of health care reform will drive up customer premium price, a common Republican counterargument.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats met with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to discuss problems with how the ACA changes will roll out. Sebelius met with the Senate Finance Committee and one-on-one with its members.


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