NAHU: Employer mandate delay ‘necessary’ despite $12 billion cost

Article Written by: Alex Wayne and EBA STaff  Article Taken From:  Employee Benefit Advisor A National Association of Health Underwriters spokeswoman says that while there are “short-term financial repercussions” to the employer mandate delay, “we believe this delay
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Montana’s State-Run Free Clinic Sees Early Success

Article Written By:  Dan Boyce  Taken From:  MPR A year ago, Montana opened the nation’s first clinic for free primary healthcare services to its state government employees. The Helena, Mont., clinic was pitched as a way to improve overall employee health, but the idea has faced
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Republicans suspect administration of trying to block self-funded insurance

Article Written by:  Patrick Howley  Taken From:  The Daily Caller Republicans on Capitol Hill say the Obama administration is trying to regulate or prevent small companies from providing self-funded insurance for their employees because self-funded insurance plans could be the “Achil
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Beth Israel Deaconess settles with US for $5.3m

Article Written by: Liz Kowalczyk  Taken From: The Boston Globe Hospital’s billing faulted – Faced with government allegations of improper billing, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center paid $5.3 million Monday to settle claims that it overcharged Medicare by admitting patients w
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Senate bill would delay PPACA employer mandate for two years

Article Written by: Jerry Geisel  Taken From: Business Insurance Employers would have until 2016 to comply with a health care reform law provision requiring them to offer coverage to full-time employees or pay a fine under legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. The measure, S. 133
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More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare

Article Written by: Melinda Beck  Taken From: The Wall Street Journal Fewer American doctors are treating patients enrolled in the Medicare health program for seniors, reflecting frustration with its payment rates and pushback against mounting rules, according to health experts. The n
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How to Shop Smart on New Health Exchanges

Article Written by: Anna Wilde Matthews  Taken From:  The Wall Street Journal Millions of Americans will be shopping for their own health insurance for the first time this fall—but they will need to look closely to be sure they get the coverage that best fits their needs. On Oct. 1, n
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Walgreen Rebrands Clinics As Obamacare Launches

Article Written by: Bruce Jaspen  Taken From: Forbes Walgreen WAG +0.16% Co. this morning said it would rebrand its more than 370 retail clinics as “Healthcare Clinics” in a move that better reflects the drugstore chains shift to a company providing medical care services. Walgreens, w
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Give the public access to the Medicare database

Article Written by: Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Ron Wyden  Taken From: Politico For no compelling reason, a commanding tool for trying to contain health care costs is lying unused. That sidelined powerhouse is the Medicare claims database, which holds a record of all payments from ta
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Will ACA exchanges eliminate COBRA?

Podcast Found on:  Employee Benefit Advisor Listen in as Mary Jo Davis, Ceridian’s VP of product management, discusses the Affordable Care Act’s impact on COBRA. Although health reform did not address COBRA directly, the law is likely to have some surprising effects on it. Davis detai
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