The Value of Being Difficult

By Ester Bloom Being on Obamacare has, for me, been a first-rate education. Before I chose my own plan off of my state’s exchange, I had always been fortunate enough to receive quality health care through my employers, insurance that came with neither deductibles nor drama, and as a c
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UnitedHealth may exit Obamacare individual exchanges

By Thomson Reuters (Reuters) — UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, warned on Thursday that it might stop selling individual health plans on the federal health care exchanges in 2017, citing weak enrollment and high medical costs for people who did sign up. Read m
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Employers tackle increasing cost of health care

By Shelby Livingston Employers are adopting high-deductible health plans and keeping a closer eye on rapidly rising prescription drug costs while offering employees wellness programs and tools to keep their health care costs down. Read more…
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Obama-Scare: Biggest US health insurer might leave exchanges

FoxNews.com The nation’s largest health insurer fired a shot across the bow of ObamaCare on Thursday, citing flagging enrollment and high-risk customers in suggesting it may have to pull out of the exchanges in 2017. Read more…
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DATE CORRECTION: The Phia Group’s November 2015 Webinar

The correct date for this encore webinar presentation is Monday, November 30th. Sorry for the inconvenience. Encore Presentation A Changing Industry: Keeping PACE With the Trends Corrected time: Monday, November 30th, 2015 3:00 PM (EST) to 4:00 PM Join Us – Register Today! The s
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The Phia Group’s November 2015 Webinar – Register Now!

A Changing Industry: Keeping PACE With the Trends Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 1:00 PM (EST) to 2:00 PM Join Us – Register Today! The self-funding industry is experiencing great opportunity and growth. In the past two years, millions of lives have transitioned away from the fu
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Stop-loss Insurance Policy Purchased by an Employer for its Self-insured Health Plan is not a Plan Asset Under Certain Conditions

MyHealthGuide Source: US Dept. Labor, 10/19/2015, DOL Letter A DOL’s Advisory Opinion says a stop-loss insurance policy purchased by an employer for its self-insured health plan would not be a plan asset under certain conditions. • “It is the view of the Department, based
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Supreme Court Ponders Scope of ERISA Plan Recovery Rights

MyHealthGuide Source: Todd Leeuwenburgh, 11/11/2015, Thompson Blog Case: Montanile v. National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan, No. 14-723 (U.S., March 30, 2015) . Supreme Court Document U.S. Supreme Court Justices questioned parties in a case that could further clarify when an
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Supreme Court agrees to hear another challenge to the ACA’s birth control mandate

Employee Benefit News The Supreme Court of the United States Friday agreed to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate. It’s the fourth time a provision of the ACA will be considered by the Supreme Court and follows the controversial ruling in last yea
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Companies continue chipping away at health insurance benefits

By Jayne O’Donnell Companies’ health care costs in 2015 rose at the lowest rate in at least 20 years, a report out Thursday shows, but workers’ share of costs continue to skyrocket. Read more…
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