“Following the Hobby Lobby Case Religiously…”

By Jon Jablon, Esq. As you likely know, there are various provisions of PPACA that are being debated, criticized, and even ultimately altered by federal regulations, in some instances. The requirement for contraceptive coverage is no exception – to debate and criticisms, that is. Whet
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Insurance Turning Out To Be Unaffordable

By John Goodman More than half of the counties in 34 states using the federal health insurance exchange lack even a bronze plan that’s affordable — by the government’s own definition — for 40-year-old couples who make just a little too much for financial assistance, a USA Today analys
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Underwriters Offer Checklist for Texans Buying Health Insurance

By Elliot M. Kass With time short for consumers electing health plans for 2014, the Texas Association of Health Underwriters has assembled a checklist to help people choose the most suitable coverage, whether it’s purchased through or outside of the state’s federally-run health insura
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Insurers can be sued for profit on denied benefits, court’s ERISA ruling concludes

By Keith R. McMurdy In the ongoing effort to determine what constitutes appropriate remedies under ERISA, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has gone farther than any court before it. Earlier this month the court affirmed a judgment directing a disability insurer to pay not only
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Obamacare Enrollments Hit 1.1M With December Surge

By Alex Wayne and Laurence Arnold (Bloomberg) — More than 975,000 Americans signed up this month for health insurance under Obamacare, pushing total enrollment above 1.1 million in 36 states covered by the U.S. healthcare.gov website, the government said Sunday. Read more…
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Health care reform law dominates benefits issues in 2013

By Jerry Geisel Capped by the disastrous launch of public health insurance exchanges, health care reform law-related issues dominated employee benefit issues in 2013, mainly related to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rules and guidance. Read more…
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Large companies’ innovative benefits programs help midsize firms expand offerings

By Joanne Wojcik Large employers historically have led innovations in employee benefits, as their size provides credible samples for experimentation, while midsize employers generally take advantage of lessons learned by their larger brethren as they move into uncharted territory. Rea
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Industry wants delay in ACA’s vending machines calorie display rules

By Associated Press Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul law. Read more…
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Colorado notifies 1,918 of Medicaid privacy breach

By Associated Press Colorado Medicaid is notifying 1,918 people of an information security breach involving a private contractor employee who sent the information to a personal email account. Read more…
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Healthcare.gov sign-ups soar over 1 million

By Associated Press A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the U.S. government’s rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new signs of life for the problem-plagued federal insurance exchange. Read more…
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