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Lyft drivers may be entitled to employee benefits

Published January 30, 2015 - 11:53am CST

(Reuters) — A U.S. judge on Thursday said it was “very difficult” to decide whether drivers for smartphone-enabled car service Lyft are employees or independent contractors, but that California law appears to favor the drivers.

Veterans' exemption from employer mandate OK'd by Senate committee

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 28, 2015 - 1:01pm CST

More small employers would be shielded from a health care reform law provision that requires employers to offer coverage or be liable for a stiff financial penalty under legislation approved Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee.

Health reform law clear on allowing subsidies, Obama administration says

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published January 28, 2015 - 10:34am CST

The nation's health care reform law is clear in allowing Americans in all states to get insurance premium tax credits as Congress intended, the Obama administration argues in its main brief filed with the Supreme Court in the widely watched King v. Burwell case.

Public exchange enrollment tops 9.5 million

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 27, 2015 - 3:14pm CST

More than 9.5 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal and state exchanges during the first nine weeks of the 2015 open enrollment season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday.

Health care reform cuts nation's uninsured by nearly 20 million

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 27, 2015 - 11:00am CST

The 2010 health care reform law will make a huge dent in the number of Americans without health insurance, according to the latest estimates from congressional researchers.

Health exchange enrollees in California get $3.2 billion in fed premium subsidies

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 27, 2015 - 10:02am CST

California residents eligible for federal health care reform law premium subsidies received $3.2 billion in subsidies — or an average of $5,200 per covered household — to purchase coverage in the state's health insurance exchange, state officials said.

Republicans move to kill health reform law's individual mandate

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published January 22, 2015 - 9:13am CST

Legislation that would eliminate the health reform law's mandate for most Americans to buy insurance was introduced Wednesday by a pair of senators running the committees with the most influence over health care issues.

Federal health exchange enrollment hits 7.1 million

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 21, 2015 - 3:12pm CST

More than 7.1 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal exchange during the first nine weeks of the 2015 open enrollment season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday.

Employers working hard on healthcare reform, employee benefits

Published January 19, 2015 - 6:00am CST

In our latest In Focus video, we take a look at how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the health care coverage employers are offering to employees and retirees.

2015 legislative and regulatory agenda is a mixed bag

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

No issue dominates this year's legislative and regulatory agenda of the risk management and property/casualty insurance community as reauthorization of the federal terrorism insurance backstop did even several weeks ago.

PBGC proposes pension plan risk-transfer disclosure requirement

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Employers that reduce the risk of their pension plans could face a new requirement: disclosing information about the transactions to the PBGC as part of paying their annual premium to the federal agency.

Republicans take aim at health care reform law with proposed revisions

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Republican-backed proposals to amend the health care reform law will not share the same fate as those in prior congressional sessions, as the GOP regained control of the U.S. Senate after the November elections while adding to their majority in the House.

Employers strive to control health costs in anticipation of 2018 excise tax

By: Karen Pallarito

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Most large and midsize employers that offer health insurance to their employees are maintaining it this year, but they're still looking to limit their costs.

Guidance on 'Cadillac tax' and other health reform rules still needed

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Employers still are waiting for regulatory guidance to help them comply with several key provisions of the health care reform law.

Supreme Court ruling on subsidies will impact health reform implementation

By: Matt Dunning

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

For a third consecutive year, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 finds itself positioned to determine the fate of the federal health care reform law. On March 4, the high court will hear oral arguments in David King et al. v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell et al.

Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage this term

By: Matt Dunning

Published January 16, 2015 - 4:54pm CST

The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh the question of whether state-level bans on same-sex marriage violate the U.S. Constitution before the end of its current term.

Health care executives say health care reform is not going anywhere

Published January 16, 2015 - 10:56am CST

(Reuters) — U.S. health care executives say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is likely here to stay, despite repeated calls from Republican lawmakers for its repeal.

Senate bill targets 2.3% ACA tax on medical device manufacturers

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 14, 2015 - 12:17pm CST

Bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would repeal a health care reform law provision that imposes a 2.3% federal excise tax on manufacturers on medical devices.

U.S. top court rejects new challenge to health care law

Published January 12, 2015 - 11:23am CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up another broad challenge to President Barack Obama's signature Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

PBGC to require employers to report pension risk transfer moves

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 12, 2015 - 10:12am CST

The PBGC disclosed that employers will be required to report offers they make to plan participants to convert their annuity to a cash lump-sum benefit or shift the obligation to provide the benefits through the employer's purchase of group annuities.

House votes to ease ACA employer requirements

Published January 08, 2015 - 4:15pm CST

(Reuters) — The Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Thursday to ease insurance requirements for employers by approving the first of an expected series of bills aimed at weakening the overall health care reform law.

House bill targets ACA's 30-hour definition for full-time employees

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 07, 2015 - 10:07am CST

The House is expected to vote this week on legislation to ease the health reform law's definition of a full-time employee by changing it to those working an average of at least 40 hours per week.

PBGC urged to listen more to constituents, take less adversarial stance

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published January 05, 2015 - 8:52am CST

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. needs to listen more to plan executives and participants instead of taking an adversarial approach, the agency's participant and plan sponsor advocate said in a report issued Wednesday.

Proposed health reform rules require clarity on abortion and other coverages

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 04, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Employers would have to state clearly whether or not their health plans pay for abortion services among other requirements under health care reform law rules issued last week.

Enrollment hits nearly 6.5 million in federal health exchange

By: Jerry Geisel

Published December 30, 2014 - 12:42pm CST

Nearly 6.5 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal exchange during the first six weeks of the 2015 open enrollment, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday.

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