4 Reasons to prioritize the eyes

Employers and employees aren’t seeing the health and productivity boosts that would be possible if more employees took advantage of their vision benefit, especially in an aging workforce Read More..
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Viewpoint: ‘Obamacare’ is Double Trouble for Detroit Retirees

(Bloomberg View) — The whole point of ‘Obamacare’ was to make it easier for vulnerable Americans to obtain health coverage. But unless the federal insurance exchanges are fixed soon, the law might wallop some people at their most vulnerable moment: Detroit’s retirees. Because of
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Employees Aware of ACA Provisions, Fearful of Future Costs

Exchange glitches and government shutdown politics aside, it turns out that the biggest concern that America’s workers have about the impact of the Affordable Care Act is still very much cost — direct, rising prices for health care insurance, over the next few years. Read More..
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ACA Rushes to End Delays as Deadline Talk Grows

(Bloomberg) — The Obama administration said it has reached out to the “best and brightest” from inside and outside of government to get its health insurance exchange up to speed, even as it faces another missed deadline for the rollout. Read More..
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Lawsuits Not Expected to Delay Exchange Implementation

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act , who have gone as far using public HIX implementation for 2014 as a bargaining chip in the recent government shutdown, are pursuing legal action as part of a long-shot bid to derail the landmark legislation. Read More..
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Obamacare Website Test Said Incomplete in Rush to Start Plan

(Bloomberg) — In the weeks before the start of Obamacare, officials failed to complete exhaustive testing of the program’s website in a push to begin signups by Oct. 1, according to people involved in the rollout. The federal Healthcare.gov site — which has been plagued by
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Guardian releases stop-loss coverage for the self-insured

By Tristan Lejeune Traditionally a funding option preferred by large employers, self-insured health plans are becoming more and more common for small- and medium-sized companies and firms as well. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, 60% of American workers covered by employ
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Reform Update: Medicaid enrollment outpaces private plans on state exchanges

By Steven Ross Johnson In many states around the country, the volume of Medicaid enrollment so far has surpassed the enrollment of people in private health plans through the state insurance exchanges set up by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Much of the reported enroll
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Judge Allows Suit Challenging Health-Law Subsidies

By Brent Kendall Opponents of the federal health-care law can move forward with a lawsuit challenging some subsidies for people who buy health insurance, but the financial assistance will remain in place while the case proceeds, a federal judge said Tuesday. The mixed ruling means the
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Roundup of DOMA Guidance re: Benefit Plans

Christine P. Roberts The Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor have in recent months issued initial guidance to employers on the benefit plan consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in U.S. v. Windsor, 133 S.Ct. 2675 (2013), which ruled Section 3 of the
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