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Jun 17 2011
Health Care Reform

Study shows significant number of employers likely to drop health coverage

A recent survey by an online business journal, McKinsey Quarterly, indicates that as many as 30 percent of employers will “definitely” or “probably” stop offering employer-sponsored health insurance after 2014. Among the other surprising findings, the Like it or not, health care reform is here to stay, whether on the state or the federal level,…

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May 20 2011
Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON: Health care reform preparations move forward

SB 5445 sets up the basic framework for the health insurance exchange, but many details remain to be sorted out. Vigilant will update its members on further developments (2011 Wash Laws Chap 317).

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May 20 2011
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

IDAHO: Governor bars state agencies from implementing health care reform

Executive Order 2001-03, April 20, 2011). It also prohibits state agencies from assisting federal agencies in implementing the law. While the executive order bars the state from carrying out any part of the federal Affordable Care Act, it does allow state agencies to continue developing a state health insurance exchange.

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Apr 22 2011
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Budget bill repeals health reform’s free choice vouchers

H.R. 1473, P.L.  112-10). This provision was set to take effect on January 1, 2014 and was intended to make exchange coverage affordable for employees with low incomes who were not eligible for federal income-based assistance.  It remains to be seen how this development will affect employers’ strategies for addressing health reforms in…

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Apr 22 2011
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

DOL/IRS/HHS issue more health care reform FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions” about the federal health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), focusing on issues of how plans lose grandfathered status. Key points include guidance on the anti-abuse provisions of the grandfathering rules—specifically, what is a “bona fide employment-based reason” for transferring employees from one grandfathered plan to another, such…

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Apr 22 2011
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Early Retiree Reinsurance Program to stop accepting applications

76 Fed Reg 65, April 5, 2011). Under the program, the federal government has made available $5 billion to reimburse early retiree medical plans for up to 80 percent of claims between $15,000 and $90,000. Based on the rate at which the available funding is being disbursed, the Centers for…

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Feb 18 2011
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

CALIFORNIA: Health coverage of adult children subject to state income tax

Although last year’s health care reform law made coverage available to employees’ adult children up to age 26, and provided a federal income tax exclusion for the coverage, California employers should be aware that California’s tax law does not provide such an exclusion from income for adult child coverage. If passed by the…

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Feb 07 2011
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Health care reform: Here to stay? Courts may disagree

HR 2, titled “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” and many other proposed bills. But regardless of the volume of legislative activity devoted to opposing health care reform, most experts agree that if our legislators have anything to say about it, health care reform is here to stay. The Democratic-controlled Senate is…

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Jan 07 2011
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Automatic enrollment requirement delayed pending further guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently promised to issue guidance about automatic enrollment in employer-sponsored health plans—sometime in the next three years. Automatic enrollment is a mandate imposed by last year’s health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The mandate will apply to employers of 200 or…

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Jan 03 2011
Health Care Reform

HHS issues rules on health insurance premium rebates

One bright spot in the new health care reform law for employers is that you and your employees eventually may qualify for rebates on 2011 insurance premiums. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued guidance on the new requirement for insurers to inform HHS how they spend…

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