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What companies need to know as they assess medical coverage options

Employers face numerous financial and compliance challenges as key health care reform deadlines loom.

  1. Identify & Analyze

    Uncertainty looms large in 2013

  2. Evaluate & Implement

    Planning, flexibility can ease compliance sting

  3. Monitor & Adjust

    Potential relief, consequences in legal fine print

For the first time in more than two years, congressional Democrats and Republicans are uniting to try to amend the much-maligned health care reform law. ›› More


In yet another compromise to allay concerns of religious organizations, the Obama administration on Friday proposed new and revamped rules for coverage of prescription contraceptives. ›› More


Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2012 ruling on the federal health care reform act's individual mandate, several legal challenges relative to employers' obligations under the law remain unsettled. ›› More


As deadlines for complying with several major provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act loom, employers still lack formal guidance from federal government agencies on several provisions of the landmark health care form law. ›› More



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Essential Health Benefits Bulletin

This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services bulletin provides guidance on essential health benefits, including 10 categories of health care services that health plans operating state health insurance exchanges must cover.


Employers are jubilant over the U.S. Treasury Department's surprise announcement last week to delay by one year until 2015 a key provision of the health care reform law that will require them to offer coverage or pay a stiff fine. ›› More


The federal government will be running health insurance exchanges in more than half of the states, including several of the biggest states — such as Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania — when a key provision of the 2010 health care reform law kicks in next year. ›› More


Though employers nationwide have begun crunching the numbers to determine whether to “pay” or “play” and comply with the coverage mandate under the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most have decided to play, at least for now. ›› More


While details of their notification and reporting obligations regarding the public insurance exchanges established under the health care reform law remain unsettled, employers shouldn't wait to review their readiness to meet those requirements, experts say. ›› More


If they haven't done so yet, now is the time for employers to make a decision about “pay or play” compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Alden J. Bianchi, a practice leader at Boston-based Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C., discusses the rules and recent Internal Revenue Service guidance. ›› More



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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Source

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation maintains this landing web page for employers seeking clarification on a range of health care reform compliance issues.


Updated rules for Massachusetts' groundbreaking health care reform law could require extra work for self-insured employers and grandfathered plans that are exempt from certain similar requirements in the federal health care reform law. ›› More



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HealthCare.gov: What's Changing and When

This interactive timeline from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows key compliance deadlines for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.