HHS approves eight state exchanges

By Kathryn Mayer January 3, 2013 • Eight more states are on track to implement health reform. The Health and Human Services Department said Thursday that California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah earned conditional approval to operate state-based exchanges, while Arkansas will run a partnership exchange. The announcement brings the total number of states approved to operate …

Small groups could head to exchange system

By Amanda McGrory-Dixon | December 14, 2012 For groups with two to 50 people, some employers might consider moving to the health care exchange system, especially as the private exchanges come into play, says Ron Goldstein, founder and president of CHOICE Administrators, a developer and administrator of health care exchanges in Orange, Calif. With private health care exchange systems, there …

Will feds stick to PPACA notice deadline?

By Allison Bell | December 20, 2012 One provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that has been littled noticed up until now will require employers to let employees know about the state exchange system by March 1, 2013. The PPACA exchange notice provision will require employers to give all new hires and current employees with a written …

The math behind PPACA

By Dennis Maggart | October 18, 2012 In my first article, I talked about how to identify the larger action points for employers and advisors as health care reform becomes a reality. Now, let’s get into the specifics of how PPACA will impact plan design, plan eligibility and plan contributions. Plan eligibility: the easy part The rules for group health …

Obamacare: 5 states to watch

When push comes to shove, will Florida do a 180 and make way for Obamacare? By JASON MILLMAN | 1/3/13 4:32 AM EST States entered 2012 not knowing whether President Barack Obama’s health care law would survive. They enter 2013 facing the reality of impending deadlines and tough choices that can’t be put off much longer. Even states that have …

New NY State Laws For 2013

Here are some measures that take effect in New York State on New Years Day. ByPam Robinson December 31, 2012 Patch A new sales tax exemption designed to encourage solar energy use and a law to provide new protections for domestic violence victims highlight the list of new state laws that take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Other measures set …

Employers Must Offer Family Care, Affordable or Not

ROBERT PEAR Published: December 31, 2012|NY Times WASHINGTON — In a long-awaited interpretation of the new health care law, the Obama administration said Monday that employers must offer health insurance to employees and their children, but will not be subject to any penalties if family coverage is unaffordable to workers. The requirement for employers to provide health benefits to employees …

Obamacare fee of $63 per person to begin in 2014

I have had a few questions already from Clients concerned about this new “fee.”  The purpose of the fee is to help fund Health Care Reform, pure and simple.  It should amount to about $25 Billion in new revenues to fund the legislation.  Even Democrats who were high on the bill now realize it is singificantly underfunded.  Health and Human Services …

Athene buys Aviva USA for $1.8 billion

By Maria Wood | December 21, 2012 • After months of speculation, Aviva PLC has found a buyer for its U.S. subsidiary. This morning, Athene Holding Ltd., a life insurance holding company that focuses primarily on fixed and equity indexed annuities, has agreed to acquire Aviva USA Corp. for $1.8 billion. In a statement, John McFarlane, chairman of Aviva PLC, …

Contraceptives mandate left intact, for now

Lyle Denniston – ScotusBlog – 12/26/12 Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor refused on Wednesday afternoon to block enforcement of the new federal health care law’s mandate that profit-making companies begin providing free birth-control drugs and methods for their women workers, beginning next week.  In a four-page opinion, Sotomayor ruled that an Oklahoma City family and its religion-oriented businesses did not qualify for …