BenefitsPRO Magazine-August 2013

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  • A model of efficiency

    Nathan Solheim

    In the long and often contentious debate leading up to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the spotlight fell on Grand Junction, Colo.a bustling town of 58,000 people nestled on the Centennial States Western Slope.

  • Resilient vision

    Ingrid Case

    Executives at Bailey Lauerman & Associates, an advertising agency in Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., see big value in offering a vision plan to its employees.

  • Stay the course

    LaRea Albert

    Many of us in the industry are evaluating our positions and client recommendations after the recent announcement on the delay of PPACAs employer mandate penalty.

  • Comply. or. else.

    Gentrie Pool

    Along with many other goodies (sarcasm implied), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has brought ERISA compliance to the forefront, and if youre a broker or employer, listen up.

  • The dog days of fiduciary

    Christopher Carosa

    No, Dog Days of Summer doesnt refer to the string of blockbuster megaflops Hollywood pumped out this season.

  • Self-funded plans and PPACA: Is this the new normal?

    Joshua Sutin, Jillian Gordon

    In the wake of the upcoming (though slightly delayed) employer shared responsibility (or play or pay) requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, theres been increased interest in self-funded health plans, particularly among those employers who will be subject to the requirement.

  • It’s not just about the price

    Michael Kemp

    As brokers and consultants have been developing strategies for their small- and medium-sized employers to prepare for the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014, theres been a growing interest in moving these clients to self-funded health plans.

  • CDHP enrollment surged in 2012

    Kathryn Mayer

    Enrollment in consumer-directed health plans grew 19 percent in 2012, increasing from 33 million in 2011 to 39 million last year.

  • What I’ve learned

    Denis Storey

    No one with a working knowledge of the statute or the avalanche of regulations promulgated in its wake is at all surprised that the scope of this component exceeded the time budget allotted and advertised by the administration.

  • Delayed

    Kathryn Mayer

    A quiet week usually reserved for barbecues, family get-togethers and a day or two off from work turned more complicated than anyone expected when PPACA stalled out on the way to full implementation.

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