White House to Allow Insurers to Continue Canceled Health Plans

By Carol E. Lee & Louise Radnofsky WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, in a retreat aimed at quelling the latest protest over his health-care law, on Thursday said insurers can extend by one year those policies they had canceled for failing to meet the law’s requirements. Mr
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What’s all the buzz about grandfathering?

By Susan M. Nash One of the major selling points of the Affordable Care Act was the idea that if an employer or individual was happy with their current health plan or coverage, they could keep it. Not necessarily. Under the ACA, employer plans and insurance coverage that was in place
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What you need to know about the cap on out-of-pocket spending delay

By Tristan Lejeune Since the Congressional Research Service reported that the Obama administration had missed as many as one- third of ACA’s legally required deadlines – and that report was circa November 2011 – the government has announced it won’t be able to
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SIIA Provides Analysis on “Skinny” Health Plans in Response to WSJ Article

 May 30, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal on May 20th ran a news story describing a strategy that an increasing number of employers are reportedly examining – especially self-insured employers – that involves offering a low-cost health plan covering only preventive hea
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Nondiscrimination rules an elephant in the room

Health care reform is here, and benefits managers everywhere are frantically planning to meet the new requirements. The problem is that planning with the rules currently in place is like trying to build a skyscraper on a piece of swampland in the Florida Everglades.  As most employers
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Employers seek clarity on health reform law mandate on essential benefits

Despite rules that require mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment be included as essential health benefits in 2014, employers say they need more clarification on the benefits that will vary greatly by state. Final rules the U.S. Department of Health and Human S
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Grandfathered health plans dwindling: Analysis

The percentage of employers with grandfathered health care plans continues to dwindle, according to a survey released Thursday. Just 27.3% of employers responding to an International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans survey said their primary health care plan has grandfathered stat
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Nondiscrimination rules an elephant in the room

Health care reform is here, and benefits managers everywhere are frantically planning to meet the new requirements. The problem is that planning with the rules currently in place is like trying to build a skyscraper on a piece of swampland in the Florida Everglades. As most employers
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Fewer Health Plans Retain Grandfathered Status

In 2012, 58 percent of U.S. employers that offered health care coverage had at least one plan that was grandfathered (or exempt from specific health care reform requirements such as fully covered preventative care). In contrast, an examination of 2013 plans reveals that, on average, l
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HighRoads and CEB Find that Less Than 20% of Health Plans will Retain “Grandfathered” Status in 2013

HighRoads, the industry leader in health care compliance and benefits management, and CEB (NYSE: CEB), the leading member-based advisory company, today released findings from their fourth annual Medical Plan Trends Report. The study found that as 2014 and the enactment of more health
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