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Guidance on Health Reform Law's Transitional Reinsurance Program Requested

October 15, 2012
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Many questions remain unanswered about the Transitional Reinsurance Program, the Washington-based benefits lobbying group noted in a letter sent this month to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which will enforce the program.
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Benefits Group Asks for Exemption of Retiree Health Plans From Health Reform Law Fee

July 25, 2012
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Subjecting retiree health care plans to the fee 'may lead employers to cease offering this very valuable benefit, particularly since such coverage would likely become more expensive by virtue of the application of' the fee, the American Benefits Council stated recently.
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Health Exchanges Must Notify Employers About Employees Eligible for Subsidies: HHS

March 13, 2012
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Among other things, exchanges will have to provide a notice to employers that identifies by name the employees who have applied for and have been determined by exchange administrators as eligible for premium subsidies.
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IRS Issues Guidance on Reporting Health Cover Costs on Employees' W-2s

January 4, 2012
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The latest information makes clear that employers can—but are not required to—report contributions to health reimbursement arrangements in calculating health care costs.
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Women Less Likely to Receive Employer Health Coverage as Employees: Analysis

December 19, 2011
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Last year, 35 percent of women age 18 through 64 had coverage through their employer, down from 38 percent in 2008, the Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Dec. 19 found.
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Senate Backs Higher Tax Credit for Certain Health Insurance Premiums

September 23, 2011
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The tax credit can be used to offset the cost of a variety of health insurance plans, including COBRA continuation coverage and individual plans offered by commercial insurers. Nearly 60 percent of beneficiaries use the credit to pay COBRA premiums.
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COBRA Important Option for Unemployed, Commonwealth Survey Finds

August 25, 2011
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The report concluded by saying that the full implementation of last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014 means that workers who lose their jobs will not also become uninsured.
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10 Steps to Ensure Compliance With New COBRA Regulations

December 27, 1999
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Final and proposed COBRA regulations take effect January 1, 2000.
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