March 2014 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

HHS Proposes Rules for Exchanges and Insurers for 2015

HHS has proposed regulations covering a variety of issues related to Exchanges and to insurance market reforms. Many of these items were anticipated in the preamble to last week’s final regulations on the 2015 Benefit and Payment Parameters. The topics covered are wide-ranging—here are some highlights: SHOP Elections and Employee Choice. The rules propose to align […]

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Private health exchange interest fueled by finance, not HR

from Employee Benefit News Employers across the country may be expecting to offset higher health care costs through private health exchanges and boosting wellness offerings. However, HR leaders interviewed in a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report say that the push to private exchanges is being fueled by C-suite executives and not benefits professionals. Through a recent series […]

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IRS Releases Final Rules on Information Reporting for Employers

The IRS and Department of Treasury announced on March 5 the release of final rules on two provisions: reporting health insurance coverage by large employers, and reporting minimum essential coverage by insurers and employers of self-insured plans. The guidance provides a streamlined process for reporting duplicate information required by both provisions – to both the […]

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Webinar: Wellness Plans in the Wake of Obamacare

PPACA changed the landscape for many employers, exposing plans to unlimited claims. High claimants expose plan sponsors to extraordinary costs as 20% of plan claimants can drive 80% of plan costs. This metric is compelling plan sponsors to “bend their cost curve.” The DOL, Treasury and HHS has now published Final Rules under incentives for […]

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ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption

From The Wall Street Journal HHS quietly repeals the individual purchase rule for two more years. ObamaCare’s implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate. To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the […]

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Popular PPACA and Benefits Blogs

The last few months have seen continued implementation of various elements of the Affordable Care Act in addition to rulings by courts and governing bodies throughout the land. Staying abreast of these updates as well their impact on businesses is essential, and here at AP Benefit Advisors we make it our business to do so. […]

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