February 2013 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

Obama’s health insurance expansion eroding, CBO projects

By Bloomberg News Service The number of Americans projected to gain insurance from the U.S. health-care law is eroding, by at least 5 million people, as the Obama administration struggles to implement the $1.3 trillion overhaul amid Republican opposition. About 27 million people are expected to gain coverage by 2017, according to a report today […]

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DOL Offers PPACA FAQs Number 12

Set out below are additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act. These FAQs have been prepared jointly by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments). Like previously issued FAQs (available here),  these FAQs answers questions from stakeholders (carriers, employers, […]

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PPACA Tips and Best Practices: Penalties for Variable Employees

The Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka Obamacare) has obligations and penalties that begin to take effect as early as January 1, 2014.  While the individual mandate and the employer mandate requirements will mean different fines/fees/taxes to different people, one thing is certain, and that is that we’ll all be affected. Let’s consider some of your […]

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Feds Map PPACA Coverage Rule Limits

by Allison Bell, benefitspro.com “Obamacare will require everyone to have health insurance in 2014,” but, actually, not really. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) talk about the gaps in the “universal coverage” requirements in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) in three […]

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Your Smartphone Might Help You Lose Weight

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter Using smartphones to coach people as they try to shed extra pounds may make a standard weight-loss program more effective, a new study suggests. With the technology, patients can report their progress and receive coaching between visits to the clinic. This personalized attention appears to improve results, the researchers reported. […]

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