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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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Supreme Court Medicaid Ruling to Leave 36 Million Uninsured in 2016: CBO

July 25, 2012
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A smaller reduction in the number of uninsured could negatively affect employers as the amount of uncompensated care—a cost that health care providers now try to shift in the form of higher charges to patients with health insurance—will not decline as much as providers had initially hoped.
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Most Employers to Offer Health Plans to Employees in Near Future

July 24, 2012
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The findings are similar to those last month from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, which found that 85 percent of respondents said they definitely would or were very likely to continue coverage.
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Employers Are Caught Up in the Five Stages of Health Care Reform Ruling

July 20, 2012
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While many employers have achieved acceptance, a new survey shows they do not have a strategy for complying with the law's 2014 provisions. One 'sleeper' issue: Medicaid expansion.
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Multistate Attempt to Block Health Care Reform Contraception Provisions Rejected

July 18, 2012
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Nebraska U.S. District Judge Warren Urbom dismissed the lawsuit, declaring that none of the plaintiffs' arguments had sufficiently demonstrated the level of plausible direct impact needed to establish standing to challenge the requirement.
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House of Representatives Votes to Repeal Health Care Reform Law

July 11, 2012
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With Democrats controlling the Senate, the bill is unlikely to advance further. In addition, if a repeal measure cleared Congress, President Barack Obama would veto it, the White House said this week.
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Lawyers Say Health Care Law Will Spur Employees to Sue Over Technical Issues

July 9, 2012
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At least four federal agencies (the IRS, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and even the Department of Housing and Urban Development) are writing hundreds of pages of regulations that will apply as health care reform is implemented over the next six years.
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House to Vote on Bill to Repeal Health Care Reform Law

July 2, 2012
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The Senate did not take up the repeal bill and it is unlikely that the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority, would do so this time.
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