Will employers soft pedal health reform implementation until Supreme pronouncement?

As the U.S. Supreme Court decides the fate of health reform, America is getting the chance to try the law on for size while waiting for the people in the robes to say how much of it will remain in effect. Some employers are probably soft-pedaling implementation – they don’t like the l
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DOL Begins Enforcing the ACA through Plan Audits

Recent written audit requests to health and welfare plans from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) have included inquiries related to various mandates under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or the Act). This is a significant development in the ongoing implementation of the ACA’s
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What to Do on the Day After ObamaCare

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the administration’s health law, aka ObamaCare. Opponents are giddy with the possibility that the law might be struck down. Read More..
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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Health Care Reform: Will the Affordable Care Act Survive?

After three days of oral arguments last week, the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) now lies in the hands of the nine Supreme Court justices. What, if any, provisions of the sweeping health care reform law will survive remains very much in question after the
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Can Healthcare Reform survive without the Individual Mandate?

The SJC heard three days of oral arguments about the individual mandate last week. The arguments were many: Do prior laws prevent us from even discussing it? Is it constitutional? Is it severable from the rest of the law? First I want to take a step back and say that I feel very fortu
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Editorial: Individual mandate vs. ‘do not treat’

What a difference a week makes. Before Monday morning, Supreme Court experts seemed confident the justices will uphold the health reform law and its controversial requirement that uninsured Americans buy medical coverage or pay a penalty. A panel put together by the American Bar Assoc
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What Would Individual Health Insurance Cost if the Court Strikes the Mandate Down and Still Requires Insurers to Cover Everyone?

With the Supreme Court justices sounding like they might strike the mandate down, this is a question I’ve been getting a lot lately. I have pointed to New Jersey as a real life example of what can happen when insurance reforms take place but there is no incentive for consumers t
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Barclays On The ‘Nightmare Scenario’ For The Health Insurance Industry

One possible outcome from the eventual Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare is the possibility that the individual mandate gets striked down for being unconstitutional, but that the rest of the law, including the requirement that insurance companies take anyone regardless of pre-existing
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Court ambiguous on health care, but insurers OK

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — It’s uncertain how the Supreme Court will rule after this week’s historic set of hearings on the Affordable Care Act, but insurers seem to be taking comfort in what the justices had to say. Read More..
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Later this month, the high court will consider the fate of the health law. Here are key points to keep in mind while watching the action.

How big is the constitutional challenge to the Obama health care law, which the Supreme Court will hear on March 26-28? For starters, it’s big enough for the justices to schedule six hours of arguments — more time than given to any case since 1966. After all, the Affordabl
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