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No Impact on Employer Sponsored Insurance Coverage Rates Due to ACA

Data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey for June 2013 through September 2014 was used to examine, from the perspective of workers, early changes in offer, take-up, and coverage rates for employer-sponsored insurance under the ACA.  Results show that there is no evidence that any of these rates have declined under the ACA. They have, in fact, remained constant: around 82 percent (offer rate), 86 percent (take-up rate), and 71 percent (coverage rate), respectively, for all workers... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Only 7% of Employers Use Objective Quality Information to Select Health Plans

A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) survey of employers found that 60% of employers think health plan quality ratings are important but employers employers lack familiarity with health quality information—particularly, objective data on the quality of health insurance plans. Just 7 percent of employers that offer health insurance use objective quality information from sources tested in the survey; 89 percent do not use or are unfamiliar with any of the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Wellness Programs Adopt Outside-the-box Solutions

According to Employee Benefit Adviser, employers are enhancing and refining their wellness strategies and programs "as they go". The latest trends include: Using outcomes-based incentives with biometric thresholds Bringing professionals, like dieticians, to the workplace vs. relying solely on digital or telephonic communications Using social media to drive engagement Integrating wellness with other benefit vendors, using one vendor for both There is more emphasis on... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 0 comments


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