Benefit Revolution

By Craig Gottwals | Free Market Solutions for Employee Benefits, Human Resources and Healthcare Reform

Best of the Web Digested, Benefits & Compensation: Illegal Salary History Questions; ACA Reporting Error Actions; & Poor Insurance the Young Aren't Buying

Employers may be Restricted from Asking About Salary History: "U.S. Department of Labor would be able to assess fines up to $10,000 against employers …

Insurance

GAO airs 3 bags of ACA exchange dirty laundry

The agency posts two undercover enrollment reports and a look at satisfaction.

Feds to insurers: No 2015 ACA risk corridors money for you

CCIIO officials say any cash collected for 2015 will be used to pay obligations for 2014.

UCLA Study: Taxpayers Foot 70 Percent Of California’s Health Care Tab

This year, taxpayers will cover about 70 percent of what is spent on health care in California, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the …

How the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Healthcare in America

This presidential election could bring some changes to the U.S. healthcare system. As with all candidates in recent history, both of the two major …

Elections

As rates soar, Tennessee insurers and regulators say Obamacare proving too risky, costly

Tennesseans cannot afford 44 to 62 percent Obamacare price increases that will force them to make difficult decisions about their daily lives and …

On Armstrong and Getty on August 17, 2016 | Exchange Premiums Up 20% in 2017 & Carriers Defecting

<b><br>1) How Much Are Obamacare Enrollees and the Newly Covered Medicaid Folks Costing Taxpayers?</b> <br>Obamacare enrollees are 22% more costly than people …

Health Care

Is Obamacare Secretly Failing?

The nation’s third-biggest health-care insurer just drastically cut its participation in the Affordable Care Act’s public marketplaces.<p>In what is a major blow to Obamacare, Aetna, one of the largest providers of health insurance in the United States, is pulling out of roughly two-thirds of the …

Regional Atlas Illuminates the Cost and Quality of California's Health Care System

Source: California Healthcare Foundation - Sacramento Briefing: Regional Atlas Illuminates the Cost and Quality of California's Health Care System.

Large U.S. Employers Project Health Benefit Cost Increases to Hold Steady at 6% in 2017

From EINPresswire.com:<br>Despite skyrocketing specialty pharmacy costs, overall health care benefit cost increases at large U.S. employers are expected …

Health Care

Competing Wellness Rules Pose Compliance Challenges

July 19 — New workplace wellness regulations that address participation incentive limits under disability and genetic anti-discrimination laws are …

Health Care

Because Healthcare Costs Are Too High, California Decided to Increase Insurers' Administration ... and Costs

Trying to argue for smaller government, increased competition and free market solutions in California is tantamount to standing on the beach and …

Health Care
Health Care

The Regulatory State Reaches The Wellness Industry

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has finalized rules on how employers can use wellness programs. By current federal standards, the …

Health Care

CPI: Medical Prices Resume Upward March

Due to vacation, I did not discuss June’s release of the Consumer Price Index for May, in which medical care prices were very moderate. This …

Health Care

Last Year’s Medicare “Doc Fix” Is Already Breaking Down. Here Are Some New Fixes

(A version of this Health Alert was published by <i>Forbes</i>.)What a difference a year makes! In April 2015, a bipartisan super-majority in Congress …

Health Care

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Obamacare: What we didn’t see coming

An architect of the law reflects on its surprises and its future.<p><i>It’s been nearly two years since former Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber’s impolitic comments on the health care law led to a storm of outrage from critics of the Affordable Care Act. Now, the MIT health economist and Obamacare</i> …

ABC News

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Entertainment

Panic prompted ObamaCare lawlessness

Senior Obama administration officials took a series of decisions beginning in late 2013 that ranged from the reckless to the illegal in an effort to …

Now on Starbucks' menu: Less health coverage

Starbucks announced Monday that it will give its U.S. workers a raise that will boost compensation by 5% to 15%. That’s very cool.<p>The coffee giant also said it will offer employees more affordable health insurance that will cut costs by being less comprehensive.<p>That’s not so cool.<p>What it represents …

Five Common Mistakes Employers are Making with the Affordable Care Act

Early in June we received a call from an employer who had 300 employees and was seeking information on how to handle its Affordable Care Act (ACA) …

Feds: More than 300 charged in health care fraud

WASHINGTON — Doctors, nurses and pharmacists were among more than 300 charged with health care fraud schemes involving $900 million in false billings in what the Justice Department described Wednesday as the largest such enforcement action in U.S. history.<p>At least 28 doctors were among those …

Health Care

Humana to leave key ObamaCare markets

Humana, one of the nation’s top health insurers, is pulling out of ObamaCare plans in all but a handful of states after a year of nearly $1 billion …

IRS Proposes Additional Regulations Clarifying Handling of 'Opt-Out' or 'Cash-in-Lieu' Programs Under PPACA

On July 8, 2016, the IRS issued new proposed regulations addressing the treatment of employer provided opt-out or cash-in-lieu payments to employees …

Insurance

Price tag for sex and age discrimination: $250k

The EEOC just struck a blow on behalf of over-40 female employees across the country. RCH Colorado, owner and operator of the Reserve Casino Hotel, a …

Equality

What? He failed a drug test … so how can he sue under the ADA?

The moral of this story: Like the feds, the courts want to see you do everything in your power to work with disabled individuals. If you can’t show …

Drug Test

Covered California Health Plan Rates To Jump 13.2 Percent In 2017

California’s Obamacare premiums will jump 13.2 percent on average next year, a sharp increase that is likely to reverberate nationwide in an election …

Health Care

NHE Fact Sheet - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

National health spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.6 percent per year for 2016-25, and 4.7 percent per year on a per capita …

Health Care