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Higher Financial Penalties Proposed for Uninsured Massachusetts Residents

January 11, 2013
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In 2012, the maximum penalty for non-compliance was $105 a month, or $1,260 a year. The maximum penalty this year for those with incomes that exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level will be $106 for each month that an individual is not covered by health insurance, or $1,272 a year.
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Certifications Aid Navigation of the Affordable Care Act Maze

January 11, 2013
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Finding a qualified partner in the employee benefits industry can help companies adjust to the ACA regulatory landscape. Accreditations are enhancing their knowledge.
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Massachusetts Bill Would End Employer Penalty for Not Offering Health Plan

January 10, 2013
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Under the governor's plan, the current annual assessment—known as the Fair Share contribution—of $295 per employee on employers not offering coverage would end on June 30.
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IRS Rules Ease Compliance With Health Reform Law Employer Mandate

January 2, 2013
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The massive $2,000-per-full-time-employee penalty will not apply so long as employers offer coverage to at least 95 percent of their full-time employees and their dependents up to age 26, the IRS said.
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Minnesota, Rhode Island Get OK to Launch Health Insurance Exchanges

December 20, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given tentative approval to applications filed by Minnesota and Rhode Island to launch health insurance exchanges in 2014.
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Domino's Pizza Founder Wants Exemption From Contraceptive Mandate

December 18, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services law requires most employers to provide cost-free coverage for birth control prescriptions, sterilization, preventative screenings and other forms of women's preventative care.
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HHS Approves Health Insurance Exchanges for Two More States, D.C.

December 14, 2012
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Kentucky and New York join the District of Columbia in receiving the latest approvals. In all, exchange applications filed by eight states, plus the District of Columbia, have received tentative regulatory approval.
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Pennsylvania Will Not Set Up Health Insurance Exchange

December 13, 2012
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Pennsylvania is the latest state to declare it will not set up a state health exchange. States have until Dec. 14 to inform federal regulators whether they intend to establish exchanges.
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2013: A Time for Re-imagining How Work Gets Done

December 13, 2012
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How work gets done, who does it and the tools they use to accomplish the task are all shifting as the new year approaches.
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2013 Employment Forecast: A Fiscal Cliffhanger

December 13, 2012
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How well the job market recovers in the next 12 months could depend on what Congress decides in the next few weeks.
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