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21 05, 2019

As More Employers Rethink High Deductible Plans, They Tackle Other Costs

By | 2019-05-21T07:55:52-07:00 May 21st, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

A new study has found that more and more large employers are ditching high-deductible health plans as the job market tightens and they need to boost improve their health insurance offerings to retain and attract talent, and saddle their employees with less of the cost burden. The change is also in response to the increasing [...]

14 05, 2019

Surprise Medical Bills and ‘Balance Billing’ in Crosshairs

By | 2019-05-14T11:42:05-07:00 May 14th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

When your medical care provider charges more than your insurance company is willing to reimburse, you may get a bill asking you to pay the difference - a practice called "balance billing." The Trump administration is moving to put a stop to the practice. In a recent White House round table on limiting health care [...]

7 05, 2019

Helping Your Staff Get the Most from Their HSA Plans

By | 2019-05-07T17:27:10-07:00 May 7th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

As more employers adopt high-deductible health plans, which leave their employees with more “skin in the game,” it’s important that you educate them on how to get the most out of the attached health savings accounts. Unfortunately, your employees may not be using the funds in their HSAs as efficiently as they should, and they [...]

1 05, 2019

Trump Administration Issues Proposed Rules for Short-Term Plans

By | 2019-05-01T18:25:55-07:00 May 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

As promised, the Trump administration has issued proposed rules that would allow individuals to skirt Affordable Care Act regulations and buy short-term, low-coverage health plans. Under the proposal, individuals would be able to purchase short-term plans that last up to 12 months, compared to the three-month maximum under the ACA. The proposal would also exempt [...]

23 04, 2019

OSHA’s Anti-retaliation Rules for ACA

By | 2019-04-23T12:46:03-07:00 April 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do you know that Fed-OSHA has regulations on whistleblowing and employer retaliation under the Affordable Care Act? The rules set forth procedures and time frames for reporting and processing whistleblower complaints by employees against their employers and expand the instances in which an employee can sue their employer for retaliation under the ACA. […]

16 04, 2019

HDHP Enrollees More Likely to Consider Costs and Quality

By | 2019-04-16T17:00:54-07:00 April 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A new study has found that people enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) actually are more likely to consider costs and quality when considering non-emergency care. The 14th annual “Consumer Engagement in Health Care” study by the Employee Benefits Research Institute and market research firm Greenwald & Associates surveyed 2,100 adults, most of whom receive [...]

9 04, 2019

As Drug Prices Skyrocket, This Top 10 List Will Shock You

By | 2019-04-09T11:34:20-07:00 April 9th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

It’s no secret that the cost of pharmaceuticals is going through the roof. You’ve heard the stories of price-gouging by some companies that have jacked up prices thousands of percent. Drug costs are starting to weigh heavily on the cost of care, in turn driving up health insurance premiums, which individuals, employees and employers are [...]

3 04, 2019

Despite Ruling That ACA Is Invalid, the Law Stands for Employers

By | 2019-04-03T14:44:45-07:00 April 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A ruling by a U.S. District Court judge in December 2018 that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional is not expected to stand but, if it does, the moves that have been made in the health insurance space to reduce costs, deliver better care outcomes and make the system more efficient would be expected to [...]

26 03, 2019

The Debate about PBM Rebates Continues

By | 2019-03-26T08:32:18-07:00 March 26th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

What started out as a way to help many pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to control costs has turned into a major sticking point in the health care system: pharmaceutical rebates. Attention is growing regarding the role that rebates play in actually increasing the price of brand-name drugs, which is adding a heavier burden on health [...]

20 03, 2019

Despite Ruling That ACA Is Invalid, the Law Stands for Employers

By | 2019-03-20T14:08:26-07:00 March 20th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

A ruling by a U.S. District Court judge in December 2018 that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional is not expected to stand but, if it does, the moves that have been made in the health insurance space to reduce costs, deliver better care outcomes and make the system more efficient would be expected to [...]