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DOL Moves Employer Notification of Health Insurance Exchanges to Summer/Fall 2013

The Department of Labor has concluded that the notice requirement under FLSA section 18B will not take effect on March 1, 2013 for several reasons.  The Department of Labor expects that the timing for distribution of notices will be the late summer or fall of 2013, which will coordinate with the open enrollment period for Exchanges.  Background From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted here : Notice of Coverage Options Available Through the Exchanges... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, January 25, 2013

Consumer Attitudes on Health Care Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health : New Robert Wood Johnson Foundation research shows many Americans don't understand why health care costs are increasing nor how the trend affects them on a daily basis. RWJF orchestrated a series of eight focus groups in four major U.S. cities: Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C. Four of the focus groups included people with employer-sponsored health insurance, two groups were comprised of people who were self-insured, one group was... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 12, 2013

Most ACOs are Accountable in Name Only

In his KevinMD blog post , Brian Klepper, Ph.D. voices what many employers fear: that most Accountable Care Organizations are "accountable in name only". Klepper notes that although there is some movement toward change, few organizations are turning their operations "in a different direction". The culprit? Fee-for-service payment, which results in "business as usual" and provides no real threat to existing health care excesses. As several health system CFOs have said to Klepper "Why... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, January 3, 2013

IRS Releases Employer Shared Responsibility Proposed Rules

From the National Business Coalition on Health: On Friday, December 28, IRS published proposed regulations on the Employer Shared Responsibility ("pay or play") provisions of the ACA. Read on for details and click here for a summary from Buck Consultants. The document explains how to determine large employers who must offer workers affordable, minimum coverage. It also includes guidance on determining employees who qualify as full-time and assessing the fines large employers must pay... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, January 3, 2013

Health Care Provisions in the Fiscal Cliff Deal

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Both the Senate and House have now passed a bill to avert the fiscal cliff, and the bill has been signed by the President. The bill deals mostly with the tax implications of the cliff, and not much with the scheduled automatic spending cuts to domestic programs - the "sequestration" - so there will be more to come from Congress. But the personal income tax provisions, although dominating the news, were not the only provisions included in the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, January 3, 2013

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