Multiple States Continue to Target Self-Insurance

May 17, 2013 – It continues to be a busy legislative season at the state level with several important developments affecting companies involved in the self-insurance marketplace. Provided below is an update on self-insurance legislation that has been introduced this year.  The f
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Growing scrutiny

Last week’s public unveiling of CMS’ charges and reimbursements data for about 3,000 hospitals across the country painted an unflattering portrait of the dramatic and sometimes mystifying variation between hospitals treating similar patients in similar markets. While much
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Huge drug cost disparities seen in health overhaul

Cancer patients could face high costs for medications under President Barack Obama’s health care law, industry analysts and advocates warn. Where you live could make a huge difference in what you’ll pay. To try to keep premiums low, some states are allowing insurers to cha
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Self-Insurance Continues to be Targeted in Multiple State Legislatures

 May 3, 2013 — It is has been an extremely busy legislative season at the state level with multiple bills introduced that would adversely affect the self-insurance marketplace, including self-insured workers’ comp funds.   This special SIIA communication provides exclusive
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California Bill That Would Stifle Self-Insured Health Plans

The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) communicated its opposition to a state bill that would threaten the employer-sponsored health benefit plans of thousands of California employees and their dependents particularly among small-to medium-sized businesses. The proposed
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Benefits in federal health reform may not entice small businesses

The federal Affordable Care Act kept the nation’s employer-based health insurance system intact – and that decision may leave small business struggling to provide health care to their employees. The Affordable Care Act tries to fill cracks in the employer-based system, so that more pe
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SIIA Submits Opposition Letter in Advance of Key Hearing

April 25, 2013 – The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) today submitted a formal opposition letter to legislation in California that would effectively eliminate the self-insurance option for smaller employer in that state by restricting the availability of stop-los
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Goal of online health exchange marketplace: user friendly

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, uninsured Illinois residents will begin searching for health insurance coverage via an online marketplace available in late 2013 for coverage beginning in 2014. State officials have worked with Enroll UX 2014, a public-private partne
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States Try to Impose Tougher Stop-loss Limits on Self-insured Health Plans

Recently, four bills were introduced in state legislatures that would make self-funding less attractive by limiting stop-loss coverage for self-insured health plans. Many such proposals would raise minimum specific deductibles above the standard $20,000 seen in most enacted laws. This
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Calif. Health Premiums For Individual Buyers Will Rise

Middle-class Californians counting on the federal health care overhaul to lower their insurance premiums are in for a double-digit shock next year, a new state study shows. People or families who buy insurance for themselves could see rate increases of up to 30 percent. Continue Readi
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