CPAHU Day on the Hill
On Tuesday April 21, your Association is inviting you to make a difference here in Pennsylvania. Click here to read more.
More options for non-ACA small group renewals in PennsylvaniaMore options for non-ACA small group renewals in Pennsylvania
We are pleased to share our non-ACA small group renewal solutions giving your clients with 2 to 50 employees more options to choose from this year when making their renewal decisions. Click here to read more.
Highmark Agency Action Alert - April 1, 2015
This week's Agency Action Alert covers the following topics: Highmark Health reports stable financial results for 2014, Highmark and Lancaster General Health partner for value, All group clients to receive Annual Employee Count Form. Click here to read more.
Capital BlueCross Update 2015 Group Products
Three new ASO 20-99 products are available for quoting for new or renewing groups with a July 1, 2015 or later effective date. The 2015 Group Product Grid has been revised to reflect this change. Click here to read more.
Time to revisit Assurant Health Short Term Medical during health care reform!
Assurant Health Short Term Medical can still be a simple solution for those who have a temporary need for health coverage. Short Term Medical insurance (30-180 days of coverage) is affordable, flexible and coverage can be obtained easily. Click here to read more.
Weekly PPACA Update Conference Call
In a continuing effort to assist our agent-partners in getting the information needed to flourish within the under 65 group and individual markets in Pennsylvania, we are holding weekly live webinars. They will serve as a place to get your questions answered and discuss topics and strategies that will lead to your continued success in the health insurance market. Click here to register.
Weekly PPACA Conference Call Archives
Click here to view the archived recordings of the PPACA Conference Calls.
Obamacare Could Be in Trouble if It Drives Businesses From Insurance Market
Next year, Obamacare insurance rules will start to apply to a new pool of small businesses, and experts say that could lead many of them to take a look at insuring themselves—that is, stepping outside of the health care law's market and supplying their own health coverage. If they do, the fallout could be significant. Click here to read more.
PPACA Interactive Timeline
The following is a guide to the recently passed health care reform law as its provisions are defined and implemented in the coming years.
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No Time to Waste
What a week it’s been in Washington! It feels like every week there is a new non-development in the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) saga, but this week we swear there is actually some progress worth reporting. Last week we noted that Congress was inching closer to presenting a bipartisan deal, with sign-off in the House from both Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), but that the folks in the Senate were less certain about the plan. Click here to read more.
Highways to PPACA tax penalty freedom
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today put out a plea for consumers and their tax preparers to look on HealthCare.gov for advice about exemptions from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) individual mandate penalty. Click here to read more.
5 PPACA trends you may not have spotted
The largest overhaul of the U.S. health care system turned five years old this week. Despite past and present legal challenges, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act seems destined to remain part of the nation’s medical makeup. Given its status, Obamacare has undergone more analysis than perhaps any other piece of legislation in recent history. Click here to read more.
What happened to health broker comp?
Researchers say health insurers paid brokers $8.3 billion in commissions and other compensation in 2013. The 2013 compensation total was down 1.1 percent from the 2012 total, and down 4.6 percent from the 2011 total, according to a paper written by Michael McCue and Mark Hall and distributed by the Commonwealth Fund. Click here to read more.
DOL makes good on promise of ERISA plan criminal investigations
Serving as a cautionary tale for employers and their benefit advisers, the Department of Labor’s increased efforts to investigate criminal activity with regards to employee benefit plans continued in fiscal 2014, including the indictment of 106 individuals. Click here to read more.
SBC changes: What employers need to know
The Affordable Care Act’s Summary of Benefits and Coverage is intended to provide group health plan members with an easy-to understand summary of a health plan’s benefits and coverage. New rules governing the SBC, proposed by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury in late December, could take effect as early as Sept. 1, 2015. Click here to read more.