Mason schools could drop controversial health plan

After several teachers in the Mason City Schools had trouble getting medical care, the district waffled Tuesday on whether it would abandon the controversial TrueCost health care plan. Read More..
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New Law to Help Sponsors Understand their Payment Liability and Ease Reporting Burdens

January 2, 2013 – New Law to Help Sponsors Understand their Payment Liability and Ease Reporting Burdens In the flurry of the Congress’ lame duck session, legislation has just been agreed to, H.R. 1063/S. 1718 (the SMART Act) that will improve the claims settlement process
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Employee Benefits-DOL Says That SBCs Need Not Be Provided For Medicare Advantage Plans

  In FAQ Part X on the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) says that, if one of the benefit packages in a group health plan is a Medicare Advantage plan, the employer is not required to provide a summary of benefits and coverage (an “SBC”) for that package. &
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More than 16 million people with Medicare get free preventive services in 2012

Affordable Care Act made many preventive services no cost to beneficiaries The Affordable Care Act – the new health care law – helped over 16 million people with original Medicare get at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first six months of 2012, Health and Hu
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Health care threatens to crush U.S. growth

The 2012 annual report for the federal government, released last week, continues to use dubious accounting standards to avoid putting the cost of government retirement promises into the headline deficit of $1.1 trillion. But its disclosures have improved somewhat, and the new informat
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Get ready for health-care reform changes

Not entirely sure what’s in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? You’re hardly alone. Only the most die-hard of policy wonks could claim mastery of the sprawling health-care legislation, which was written by five different congressional committees and runs to nearly 1,000 p
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Health Care Reform Memo: January 14, 2013

The big news last week was the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary report for 2011 national health spending: turns out overall spending increased only 3.9 percent. The good news: it’s the third year health spending overall came in under 4 percent
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CMS Delays Start Of HIPAA Enforcement Actions For Operating Rules Until March

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) will not begin enforcement actions against HIPAA covered entities that are not in compliance with the operating rules adopted for transactions related to eligibility for a health plan
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Sticky Ages: Why Is Age 65 Still a Retirement Peak?

When Social Security’s Full Retirement Age (FRA) increased to age 66 for recent retirees, the peak retirement age increased with it. However, a large share of people continue to claim their Social Security benefits at age 65. This paper explores two potential explanations for the “sti
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HHS Issues Proposed Regulations Implementing Reinsurance Fees Paid by Carriers and Group Health Plans Under the Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Act) fundamentally changes the way that health insurance is regulated in the United States. These changes are part of an ambitious statutory scheme that comprehensively reforms insurance underwriting practices. Reforms include new guaran
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