Health Care Reform News

Health Care Reform Essentials from URL | August 18th 2016 Edition

  • Aetna to stay in many off-exchange individual health markets
  • Aetna, one of the country's largest health insurers, is ditching 70% of its Obamacare business
  • Introduction to Health Care Reform
  • Announcing Updates to Starmark Self-Funded Plan Designs!
  • Cost, Not Choice, Is Top Concern of Health Insurance Customers
  • Digging into BlueCross’ big rate hike
  • How The White House Aims To Push Obamacare Risk Onto States
  • Hikes In Employees' Health Premiums To Outpace Raises Again
  • Aetna Gets December Trial Date to Make Case for Humana Deal
  • Should Big Insurance Become Like Walmart To Lower Health Costs?
  • Administration Paints Rosy Future For Obamacare Marketplaces
  • Next president faces possible ObamaCare meltdown
  • Expect your health insurance costs to rise in 2017
  • Will Your Prescription Meds Be Covered Next Year? Better Check!
  • New Agent/Broker Resources From CCIIO
  • It’s easy to reset your forgotten CMS Enterprise Portal password to access your account and start plan year 2017 registration
  • September 1st - Free Conference for Medicare Producers
  • Avoid frustration in accessing the MLMS by turning off pop-up blockers
  • New Information Available on REGTAP
  • Don’t forget to complete plan year 2017 FFM registration and training
  • Summary of CMS emails for week of July 18
  • Weekly PPACA Update Conference Call
  • Weekly PPACA Conference Call Archives

Health Care Reform Essentials from URL | August 11th 2016 Edition

  • Opportunity for agents/brokers to be in Walmart stores for plan year 2017 Open Enrollment
  • CMS Announces Change to Marketplace Income Verification Procedure
  • Aetna SG ACA Termination Policy Update October 1, 2016 ***CRITICAL UPDATE***
  • Aetna | Updated DE, PA and WV ACA SG new business submission dates and termination policy
  • GOP-led states reject Obama administration's proposed limit of short-term health plans
  • Beyond 'Obamacare': State Initiatives Refocus Health Debate
  • Where low-income insurance options improved, so did results
  • Pharma dollars back patient groups that oppose Medicare Part B overhaul
  • Aetna judge hands off Anthem merger case to speed trials
  • New ACA regulations require online accessibility
  • Surprise! New Study Shows ObamaCare Caused Massive Increases in Premiums…
  • Anthem to Federal Government: Approve Merger and We’ll Expand to More Obamacare Exchanges
  • PinnacleHealth to open clinic focused on improving surgical outcomes
  • September 1st - Free Conference for Medicare Producers
  • Avoid frustration in accessing the MLMS by turning off pop-up blockers
  • PrimePay New OT rules for FLSA and CMS mandatory data submission rules for Nursing Homes
  • New Information Available on REGTAP
  • Don’t forget to complete plan year 2017 FFM registration and training
  • Registration for the Federally-facilitated Individual Marketplace (FFM) and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace
  • 2017 FFM Certification Details – Testing now open!
  • Summary of CMS emails for week of July 18
  • Weekly PPACA Update Conference Call
  • Weekly PPACA Conference Call Archives

Health Care Reform Essentials from URL | August 4th 2016 Edition

  • 3 ways Aetna shook the ACA’s foundations today
  • Federal Labor Laws by Number of Employees
  • 2016 State-Based Marketplace Public Use Files
  • AFA new sales quoting and underwriting updates for PA, DE and WV
  • Aetna self-insured plans are now available!
  • 10 healthcare differences between Clinton, Trump
  • Small employers dropping health benefits
  • Does severance trigger ERISA? Why employers should care and what to do
  • CPBJ 2016 Health Care Symposium: 3 things we learned
  • Pa. health insurers defend requests for higher premiums
  • 4 employer challenges brought on by ACA compliance
  • 3 new things to know about your HIPAA desk audit risk
  • 5 reasons to back the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana deals
  • Attorneys spar over Hershey-Pinnacle merger
  • Registration for the Federally-facilitated Individual Marketplace (FFM) and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace
  • 2017 FFM Certification Details – Testing now open!
  • Learn how to help consumers who could lose eligibility for financial help because they are dually enrolled/eligible for Marketplace coverage and Medicaid/CHIP
  • CPAHU follow up to July CE meeting
  • Summary of CMS emails for week of July 18
  • Weekly PPACA Update Conference Call
  • Weekly PPACA Conference Call Archives

Health Care Reform Essentials from URL | July 28th 2016 Edition

  • Plan year 2017 registration and training opens on Monday, August 1!
  • Federal Labor Laws by Number of Employees
  • 2016 State-Based Marketplace Public Use Files
  • Highmark Channel Insights: Summer 2016 Edition
  • Annual Income Threshold FAQ
  • Aetna Pennsylvania small group plan changes
  • Aetna AFA is built with PA, DE and WV small businesses in mind
  • Capital BlueCross Countdown to Enrollment
  • Obamacare's Medicaid expansion leading to health insurance boom in some states
  • 10 top compliance issues for 2017 benefit planning
  • Humana to cut 2017 individual market footprint 88%
  • Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana breakup provisions, dissected
  • 12 books benefit pros should read this summer
  • Insurers, Pushing for Higher Rates, Challenge Key Component of Health Law
  • Some health insurers may face ACA cash crunch
  • Harrisburg chamber leader: OT rule overlooks regional differences
  • 7 ways the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana deals may chill policy
  • 10 top compliance issues for 2017 benefit planning
  • Summary of CMS emails for week of July 18
  • Did You Miss the ASO Signature Seminar?
  • Earn up to 3 CE's at our CPAHU Meeting on July 26th
  • Weekly PPACA Update Conference Call
  • Weekly PPACA Conference Call Archives

Health Care Reform Essentials from URL | July 21st 2016 Edition

  • HSA/FSA/HRA: Comparison of Key Features
  • IRS Releases Draft 2016 Forms 1094 and 1095 for Employers to Report Health Coverage and ACA Compliance
  • Aetna Pennsylvania small group plan changes
  • Aetna AFA is built with PA, DE and WV small businesses in mind
  • Capital BlueCross Countdown to Enrollment
  • Some health insurers may face ACA cash crunch
  • Oregon co-op forced to shut down this month
  • Harrisburg chamber leader: OT rule overlooks regional differences
  • 7 ways the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana deals may chill policy
  • US healthcare spending has hit a new high — $10,345 per person
  • 10 top compliance issues for 2017 benefit planning
  • Many Toddlers Fail To Get Necessary Medicaid Renewal At Their First Birthday
  • Regulatory Roundup: Health and Welfare Form 5500, SBC Requirement, and IRS Opt-Out Payments
  • Health Care Briefs for July 11-15, 2016
  • Health Care Briefs for July 4 - 8, 2016
  • New resources available on the Agents and Brokers Resources webpage
  • Plan Year 2016 FFM registration and training is closed
  • Earn up to 3 CE's at our CPAHU Meeting on July 26th
  • Weekly PPACA Update Conference Call
  • Weekly PPACA Conference Call Archives