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Data Brief on Trends in Employer-Sponsored Insurance

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Recent accounts of employers dropping health coverage, restricting eligibility for spouses, turning to plans with narrower networks and greater cost sharing, and restructuring workforces are often framed as side effects of the ACA.  But many of these cost-cutting trends began long before health reform. This data brief  and data charts from the National Institute of Health Care Management offers a comprehensive look at how... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 21, 2013

ACA Issues in the Budget/Fiscal Cliff Deal

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The bill to avoid the fiscal cliff and keep the government funded for a few more months ended up not including several ACA-related provisions that had been under consideration during discussions.  Lawmakers had been considering a number of benefits provisions as part of the legislation, either as modest policy concessions or as federal revenue offsets. It appears that most of those provisions are not included in the final package. The... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 21, 2013

Evidence Mounts: Much Work Still Ahead to Get High Quality, Safe Health Care

In one week (week of October 7, 2013) I was reminded three times that with all the progress we have made in shedding the light on the quality and safety of health care services and providers, we still have so much more to do. Rosemary Gibson , a tireless advocate for reducing medical harm and waste within the health care system and a colleague of mine when she was with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, made a powerful case to actually  "Count the Dead from Medical Harm" in her... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 15, 2013

EEOC Asked to Investigate Personal Health Information Collected by Employers

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The New York Times reports that a federal lawmaker is asking the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate employer wellness programs that seek detailed health information from employees, and to issue guidelines preventing employers from using such programs to discriminate against workers. The request, by Representative Louise M. Slaughter, Democrat of New York and a staunch advocate for health privacy rights, came a few days... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 14, 2013

One-Third of Large Employers Taking Steps in 2014 to Avoid Cadillac Tax in 2018

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The Commonwealth Fund reports on recent trends among employers to start trimming back benefits now in preparation for the Cadillac Tax hitting "high cost plans" in 2018. As employees at many private companies prepare for the open enrollment season, some will find out soon about decisions their employers have made about benefits in order to escape a tax on expensive health care coverage that hits in 2018.The tax imposes a 40 percent excise... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 14, 2013

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