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Missouri House bill seeks prescription drug monitoring

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 27, 2015 - 1:26pm CST

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed a bill to enact a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

Replacing health reform law a conundrum for conservatives

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published February 27, 2015 - 9:07am CST

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act inspired the usual red-meat rhetoric at the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington on Thursday.

Actuaries urge leeway to change health plan rates if subsidies killed

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published February 26, 2015 - 8:53am CST

Health insurance actuaries are pushing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow plans to revise their rates for 2016 coverage if the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies in federally run exchanges.

Chief justice could again swing health reform case in government's favor

Published February 24, 2015 - 9:22am CST

(Reuters) — Three years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cast the tie-breaking vote in a ruling that saved President Barack Obama's signature health care reform, and as the high court prepares to weigh another challenge that could shatter it, a review of Justice Roberts' recent votes and opinions suggest he could again sway the case the government's way.

Legally married same-sex couples receive family leave in all states

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 24, 2015 - 9:01am CST

Employees in same-sex marriages — regardless of where they live — will have the same rights to benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act as other employees under a new U.S. Labor Department rule.

New California health exchange enrollees top 350,000

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 12, 2015 - 4:35pm CST

California, which has the biggest public health insurance exchange, says enrollment for 2015 continues to jump.

Supreme Court case affects millions of health exchange enrollees

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 11, 2015 - 12:21pm CST

The latest government public health insurance exchange enrollment figures underscore the impact an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the legality of federal premium subsidies could have on reducing the number of Americans without health insurance.

CMS says 2015 health exchange demand ramping up

Published February 04, 2015 - 3:09pm CST

(Reuters) — Nearly 7.5 million people have signed up for 2015 health plans through HealthCare.gov with demand increasing as the Feb. 15 enrollment deadline approaches, a senior U.S. health official said on Wednesday.

Obama proposes more retirement plan access, tax savings cap

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published February 03, 2015 - 9:10am CST

President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget proposal released Monday calls for expanding access to retirement savings in the workplace while capping the tax-favored accumulation of all private retirement assets.

Single-employer pension plans must provide annual funding notices

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published February 02, 2015 - 4:13pm CST

Single-employer defined benefit plan sponsors covered by ERISA have new guidelines for annual funding notices in a final rule published Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration.

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.

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