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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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Law Will Cut Defined Benefit Pension Contributions, but Increase PBGC Premiums

July 11, 2012
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Employers will continue to value plan liabilities based on interest rates on top-rated corporate bonds for three different segments, averaged over 24 months. Segments refer to when benefits are paid to participants.
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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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American Airlines Asks to End Retiree Health, Life Benefit Coverage

July 9, 2012
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The airline and parent company AMR said they never promised to provide benefits for life and reserved their rights to modify the plans.
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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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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law

June 28, 2012
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional, handing President Barack Obama a major election-year victory and shunning 26 states that had sought to overturn the reform law.
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Supreme Court Will Rule on Health Care Reform Law on June 28

June 25, 2012
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If the entire law is struck down, the result—at least in the short run—will be mass uncertainty, benefit experts say.
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