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The Last Word: Spending the Holidays With Obamacare

November 30, 2012
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There is a large contingent of HR and benefits managers who face implementation now, during the holiday season no less.
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HHS Proposes Rules on Employee Wellness, Essential Health Benefits

November 21, 2012
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Officials said the proposed rules on wellness programs are designed to give employers greater flexibility to design programs that will positively affect their employees' overall health while providing individuals with enhanced protections against discriminatory practices.
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Health Care Reform Timeline

November 20, 2012
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Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been slow since its passage in March 2010. That will change starting in January when more regulations and requirements begin kicking in. Here is a list:
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Obamacare Health Exchanges Could Take a Big Bite Out of Broker Commissions

November 16, 2012
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State-run health care exchanges could offer one-stop shopping experiences for small businesses, which usually pay more for insurance because they lack the buying power of bigger companies.
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Obama Re-election to Accelerate Release of Health Care Reform Law Guidance

November 12, 2012
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Some health care reform law issues may be discussed during the remaining weeks of the current legislative session as lawmakers look for ways to reduce the federal budget deficit.
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Obama Win Seen as Victory for Health Care Reform

November 7, 2012
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President Barack Obama's victory serves as a vindication for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, industry experts said soon after the president won re-election Nov. 6.
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With Election Near, Romney, Obama Take Very Different Stances on Health Care Reform Law

November 5, 2012
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Republican challenger Mitt Romney said numerous times during the campaign that one of his first acts, if elected, would be to seek repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But if President Barack Obama is elected for a new term, experts expect an acceleration in the pace at which health care reform regulations are issued.
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Most Employers to Continue Offering Health Benefits: Survey

October 25, 2012
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Out of 111 Midwestern employers surveyed in August, only 8 percent said they intend to drop health care coverage for active employees in 2018, when the last of the federal health care reform act's provisions are expected to take effect, according to the Chicago-based business group's report.
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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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Medicare Heats Up Biden-Ryan Debate

October 12, 2012
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The Medicare segment of the debate included some of the most frequent interruptions by both Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) in a testy debate as each took turns bashing the other side's impacts on the program.
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