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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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Illinois Politicians Back Health Insurance Co-Op Applicant

October 11, 2012
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Gov. Pat Quinn, fellow Democrat Richard Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk have written letters of support on behalf of SimpleHx, a co-op proposed by a group of people who met last year while pursuing their MBAs at Northwestern University.
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Rising Health Care Costs to Pinch Employees

October 9, 2012
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The average cost to insure an employee is projected to jump to $11,283 in 2013, from $10,616 this year, according to the report by the unit of London-based Aon Corp.
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Lack of Health Care Reform Guidance Hampers State Lawmakers: Letter

October 9, 2012
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For employers, final regulatory guidance has yet to come in a number of areas, including whether employers will be assessed a penalty of $2,000 per full-time employee if they do not offer coverage to all full-time employees, and how much they will have to pay to fund a three-year health care reform law program that will partially reimburse health insurers writing policies for individuals with high health care costs.
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Romney Reform Repeal Would Mean More Uninsured: Commonwealth Fund

October 2, 2012
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Under Romney's plan, 30 percent or more of the under-65 population in nine states—Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and Texas—would be left uninsured by 2022, which the report says would increase the number of uninsured in every state.
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South Dakota Declines to Set Up Health Insurance Exchange

September 27, 2012
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South Dakota joins several other states, including Texas, whose governors said they will not set up the exchanges.
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Employees Will Need to Be Educated About Benefits Eligibility

September 24, 2012
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Fortunately, most payroll and human resource information system vendors either already have a robust time and attendance system or are building one to meet the new employer record-keeping requirements mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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