Health reform law penalties influence how companies design benefits packages

By Jerry Geisel Employers have several strategies to choose from as they prepare for potentially game-changing requirements of the health care reform law that kick in next year. Read more...
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Employers still waiting for several key health reform issues to be resolved

By Jerry Geisel While federal regulators have issued thousands of pages of rules to help employers comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, several key issues have yet to be resolved. Read more…
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Health reform drives replacement of HMOs and PPOs by high-deductible plans

By Joanne Wojcik When J.C. Penney Co. replaced its preferred provider organization health plan with a high-deductible health plan for all benefits-eligible employees in 2010, it was one of the few large employers to make what is known as a “full replacement” of its health plan. Read m
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Ballot initiative would weaken California’s exchange, report says

By Paul Demko California’s fledgling health-insurance exchange could be destabilized if voters pass a ballot measure that would grant veto authority over premium rates to the state’s insurance commissioner, according to an industry-backed report (PDF) released on Thursday.
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Medicaid expansion offers slim initial profits for insurers, report says

By Paul Demko Health plans with Medicaid contracts are poised to see significant enrollment growth with the expansion of the program in roughly half the nation’s states. But those insurers are unlikely to see significant profits from new Medicaid customers in the early years of
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MyHealthGuide Newsletter

News for the Self-Funded Community 5/12/2014 Published weekly by MyHealthGuide, LLC (www.MyHealthGuide.com). This Newsletter is for personal, non-commercial use only. This weekly newsletter is FREE OF CHARGE to subscribers. Subscribe free. Send news, press releases and announcements t
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At least 80% of exchange customers making payments, insurers tell Congress

Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare At least 80% of exchange customers are making their initial premium payments, according to three major insurers that testified before a congressional hearing Wednesday. Read more…
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U.S. appeals court presses Obama administration on contraception

(Reuters) — A U.S. appeals court on Thursday pressed the Obama administration on whether a compromise it reached with religious nonprofit groups over contraception coverage required by Obamacare still violates the religious rights of the groups. Read more…
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Plan approved to replace Mass. insurance exchange

By Associated Press A plan for replacing Massachusetts’ failed health insurance marketplace website will cost more than $120 million, state officials estimated Thursday, adding they hoped most of the money would come from the federal government. Read more…
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Health insurers just say no to marijuana coverage

By Associated Press Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don’t cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month. Read more…
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