HHS Data Show Exchanges Will Offer Uninsured More Coverage Options.

The Obama Administration’s release of HHS data Thursday, showing that exchanges set up under the ACA would offer many consumers more insurance options, saw wide coverage in the national media. In analyzing the White House memo , many of the outlets note that the increase in choice wou
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Mixed Picture: California, proposed premiums lower than expected

After weeks of handwringing about healthcare reform-induced “rate shock,” the actual insurance premiums proposed haven’t delivered it. But without the new restrictions imposed under the federal law, insurance regulations have varied so much from state to state that it’s di
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One-stop shop for care

When Dr. Rich Zane arrived last year at the University of Colorado Hospital to become chair of its newly formed emergency medicine department, he found an emergency room built to handle 25,000 patients a year but was seeing 60,000. Patients faced long wait times, satisfaction plummete
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Multiple States Continue to Target Self-Insurance – Weekly SIIA Update

May 31, 2013 – It continues to be a busy legislative season at the state level with several important developments affecting companies involved in the self-insurance marketplace. Provided below is the latest updates as of this week. The full text of referenced bills, SIIA commen
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SIIA Provides Analysis on “Skinny” Health Plans in Response to WSJ Article

 May 30, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal on May 20th ran a news story describing a strategy that an increasing number of employers are reportedly examining – especially self-insured employers – that involves offering a low-cost health plan covering only preventive hea
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Study: More than two-thirds of ER visits avoidable

More than two-thirds of the 6.5 million emergency room visits for people under age 65 are avoidable, according to a study released today by Truven Health Analytics. The study examined insurance claims data for over 6.5 million emergency department visits made in calendar year 2010 and
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BMW goes all out with onsite clinic

Employers looking to keep health care costs in check are increasingly turning to onsite clinics and health screenings. Earlier this year, Walgreens announced the opening of what it called one of the country’s most comprehensive worksite health centers at BMW Manufacturing’s facility i
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Nondiscrimination rules an elephant in the room

Health care reform is here, and benefits managers everywhere are frantically planning to meet the new requirements. The problem is that planning with the rules currently in place is like trying to build a skyscraper on a piece of swampland in the Florida Everglades.  As most employers
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States’ Implementation Of Exchanges May Decide Fate Of ACA.

Over the holiday weekend through today, a number of national outlets reported on exchange implementation occurring across the US. Notably, from a national perspective, Bloomberg News  (5/28, Nussbaum) reports that the fate of the Affordable Care Act is “being decided far from Capitol
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Health Care Reform May Slash COBRA Usage

MyHealthGuide Source: Jerry Geisel, 5/19/2013, Business Insurance News – COBRA and Red Line COBRA Notice The need for the COBRA safety net is expected to shrink dramatically next year when the health care reform law will enable many COBRA beneficiaries to buy federally subsidize
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