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Employers Grapple with Key ACA Compliance Requirements

In a perfect world, by now employers would have all their Affordable Care Act compliance systems up and running smoothly following the January 1 effective date of the law’s employer responsibility provision for employers with at least 100 employees. In reality, a poll of more than 800 senior HR and benefits executives found that a majority of both mid-sized and larger organizations are struggling with at least three key ACA compliance requirements: exchange notice management, annual health care reporting and penalty management. Read more.

Five Ways Washington is Actually Helping Small Businesses

If you're a small business owner you've got plenty of reasons to complain about leaders in Washington. However, President Obama's SBA chief and the GOP's House Small Business Committee chairman both say they are helping small businesses. Read more.

National Action Needed to Advance Telemedicine

Telehealth, which has been around for four decades, lives in regulatory limbo, despite being one of the more promising technologies for improving patient outcomes and lowering costs. But this could be a breakout year for medicine at a distance if the federal government finally removes some longstanding legal, financial and regulatory impediments. Read more.

CDHPs Make Employees More Cost Conscious

About 15% of the U.S. population, representing 26 million individuals with private insurance, is currently enrolled in a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP), according to the 2014 EBRI/Greenwald & Associates Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey (CEHCS). The 2014 CEHCS finds that CDHP enrollees were more cost conscious in their decision making than those in traditional plans. Read more.

Employers Continue Health Benefit Cost-Saving Tactics

United Benefit Advisors (UBA) reveals industry trends among employer-sponsored health plans in the 2014 UBA Health Plan Survey of nearly 10,000 employers. Many UBA Partners believe that self-funding will be increasingly desirable to employers of all sizes in the coming years as a way to avoid various cost and compliance aspects of health care reform. Read more.

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