Benefits & Compensation News

ACA exchange dropouts lead to goodwill gesture from Obama: Is it enough?

The largest health insurance provider in the country, UnitedHealthCare, has already begun taking steps to remove itself from the ACA exchanges, and it appears other insurers are looking to follow UnitedHealth’s lead. As a result, President Obama has taken some significant steps to avoid an ACA disaster. [Read more…]

Why the largest insurer in the country is ditching the Obamacare exchange

UnitedHealthCare’s statement about leaving the ACA marketplace appears to be more than just an empty threat. Now the question is: Will other insurers follow the lead of the largest insurer in the country? [Read more…]

Making sense of Supreme Court’s unusual ACA move

Just when HR pros were all but certain the Supreme Court was going to issue a split decision in the case centering on the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate, the High Court surprised everybody by doing something it hasn’t done in well over half a century. [Read more…]

Feds release new out-of-pocket limits: Key ACA implication

HR pros are a group that always tend to be one step ahead of the curve. And the feds just released some key benefits figures that will help them do just that. [Read more…]

Employee handbooks: Overlooked area of Obamacare compliance

HR pros have their hands full making sure summary plan descriptions (SPDs) and other benefits documents are updated to reflect the constantly changing healthcare reform law’s mandates. But for a number of reasons, the employee handbook is often forgotten during the updating process. [Read more…]

Do Obama’s new ‘Cadillac Tax’ changes go far enough?

Consistent criticism about the ACA’s “Cadillac Tax” and its corresponding calculation method has led the Obama administration to do something that was unthinkable just months ago: Propose major changes to the controversial health reform provision. [Read more…]

Supreme Court rejects major challenge to ACA: What it means for HR

Obamacare has survived yet another challenge. So what does the latest victory mean for the controversial law? [Read more…]

ACA’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ is delayed and possibly on its deathbed

HR pros have an extra two years before they have to worry about their plans triggering Obamacare’s dreaded “Cadillac Tax.” [Read more…]

Obamacare FAQ covers everything from obesity care to Mental Health Parity

Normally, the agencies responsible for ACA implementation (DOL, HHS and Treasury) focus on one or two topics with the guidance they release. But the feds’ latest FAQ, the 29th edition, covers a wide range of topics. [Read more…]

Final rules on ACA grandfathered plans: 5 sneaky ways to lose your status

Employers that have managed to hang on to their grandfathered health plans for this long will want to pay close attention to the feds’ final regs on the subject. [Read more…]