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The Missing Debate Over Rising Health-Care Deductibles - WSJ

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Sep 23, 2016 5:31:00 AM

Drew Altman writes on increasing deductible costs, “which are transforming the nature of health insurance from more comprehensive coverage to skimpier insurance with higher out-of-pocket costs.” 

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Topics: ACA, Obamacare, PPACA, Affordable Care Act

Uninsured rate drops, but medical expenses still drag millions into poverty - Modern Healthcare

Posted by Katie Deinert on Sep 20, 2016 2:03:17 PM

Bob Herman writes for Modern Healthcare about the consequences of shifting more out-of-pocket healthcare expenses to employees.

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Topics: Healthcare

Employers passing rising healthcare costs onto employees - Benefits News

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Sep 18, 2016 8:54:20 AM

As the cost of providing employees with healthcare benefits rises (at an average of $500 per employee this year), many employers are choosing to push those costs onto employees in order to maintain budgets.

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Topics: Healthcare, health benefits, health insurance, health care costs, health care, healthcare costs

Top Affordable Care Act Updates from  HR360

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Sep 13, 2016 10:35:21 AM
Be sure your organization is staying up-to-date on the most recent changes to the Affordable Care Act. HR360 has just announced changes to Pay or Play for 2016, out-of-pocket maximums for 2018, and Forms 1094-B and 1095-B instructions.
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Topics: ACA, Obamacare, PPACA, Affordable Care Act

Companies move toward self-insurance as healthcare rates increase - Benefits News

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Sep 9, 2016 10:38:27 AM

Amanda Eisenberg from Benefits News takes a look at how increases in employee healthcare (5-10% for many employees) is causing a shift to more self-funding.

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Topics: Healthcare, health care

Burden of Healthcare Costs Moves to the Middle Class - The Wall Street Journal

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Sep 6, 2016 3:24:47 PM

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Anna Louie Sussman of The Wall Street Journal focuses on how middle class workers are struggling to pay for healthcare in a time when wages are stagnant, employers are cost-shifting, and deductibles are on the rise.

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Topics: Healthcare, health care

Does the ACA Scare You? 5 Things To Keep Your Business Compliant, Covered, And Saving Money - Forbes

Posted by Katie Deinert on Sep 2, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Michael Z. Stahl recently wrote for Forbes, “2014 survey by the National Small Business Association found that small employers spend an average of 13 hours or $1,274 a month just to keep up with Affordable Care Act compliance.” 

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Topics: Healthcare, Health, ACA, Obamacare, health care, Affordable Care Act

Community health centers need more doctors - San Diego Tribune

Posted by Katie Deinert on Aug 30, 2016 10:13:40 AM

In this article by Kevin Mattson and Maria Carriedo-Ceniceros for the San Diego Tribune, the authors estimate that there will be a shortage of 90,000 primary care doctors in the next five years. Unfortunately CHCs bear the brunt of this issue and face recruitment/retention issues due to the populations they serve and “lower salaries compared to private hospitals and health systems.”

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Topics: Healthcare, Health, Community Health Centers, recruitment, health care, CHCs, doctors, retention

Happy employees make a happy company - Benefits Pro

Posted by Katie Deinert on Aug 26, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Employee engagement and happiness is key to retaining and attracting top talent, but the elusive question remains: What makes employees happy? Benefits such as a health plan can improve workplace morale, along with many other factors.

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Topics: recruitment, job satisfaction, retention

Employers Expect Lower Premium Hikes Than on Health Law Exchanges - Commonwealth Fund

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Aug 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Erin Mershon wrote in the Washington Health Policy Week in Review, "large employers are expecting employee health benefit costs to rise by five percent in 2017, less than half the increase expected for consumers who purchase health care on the public exchanges created by the 2010 health law."

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Topics: Healthcare, Health, health care, health care benefits, healthcare benefits, Cadillac tax

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