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Health care reform law increases security, privacy threats: Survey

By: Judy Greenwald

Published March 12, 2014 - 7:33am CST

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a contributing factor in new and expanded threats to the security and privacy of patient information in the U.S. health care system, according to a study released Wednesday.

Bill to create Oklahoma defined contribution plan advances

By: Kevin Olsen, Pensions & Investments

Published March 11, 2014 - 4:09pm CST

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would move future state employees into a new defined contribution plan.

Final HHS rules set PPACA reinsurance fee amounts, payment schedule

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 06, 2014 - 3:32pm CST

Employers will be allowed to pay a controversial health reform law fee in two installments and have certainty on the amount of the fee during the second year of the program under final rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Republicans at odds over how to 'fix' health care reform law

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published February 28, 2014 - 10:21am CST

Republicans face a fundamental predicament in proposing alternatives to Obamacare: How do you put forth a substantive proposal that doesn't first require repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

Texas ban on same-sex marriage violates U.S. Constitution: Judge

By: Matt Dunning

Published February 27, 2014 - 1:11pm CST

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates equal protection and due process guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.

Public health exchange enrollment reaches about 4 million

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 26, 2014 - 10:41am CST

About 4 million people have enrolled in plans offered through public health insurance exchanges, a top Obama administration official said, as enrollment continues to surge.

Detroit pension funds could see benefit cuts in bankruptcy agreement

By: Kevin Olsen, Pensions & Investments

Published February 24, 2014 - 9:46am CST

Members of the $2.77 billion Detroit General Retirement System and $3.4 billion Detroit Police & Fire Retirement System will see their defined benefit plans remain open, but their pension benefits will be cut by 34% and 10%, respectively, under the city's plan of adjustment filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday.

Oregon to drop defense of ban on same-sex marriage

By: Matt Dunning

Published February 21, 2014 - 11:35am CST

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Thursday announced that her office will no longer defend the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in federal lawsuits seeking to overturn the law.

Adverse effects of health reform law could harm property/casualty insurers: Report

By: Matthew Lerner

Published February 20, 2014 - 3:39pm CST

Property/casualty insurers could become the target of cost-shifting by hospitals, physicians and other medical providers because of incentives and requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a report released Thursday from the Insurance Research Council.

Health care reform rules limit waiting period for health benefits to 90 days

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 20, 2014 - 3:37pm CST

Newly hired employees must be offered health insurance coverage no later than 90 days after they begin work under final health care reform law regulations.

Obamacare tax credits for HealthCare.gov plans upheld by second judge

By: Joe Carlson, Modern Healthcare

Published February 20, 2014 - 9:36am CST

A second federal judge has sided with the Obama administration in a legal battle whose ultimate outcome may determine whether Obamacare coverage is affordable for millions of Americans.

Treasury relaxes health care reform rules, gives employers temporary relief

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 16, 2014 - 6:00am CST

While U.S. Treasury Department health care reform law rules temporarily will shield more employers that do not extend health care coverage to all their employees from a big financial penalty, those employers will continue to be liable for a smaller, still substantial fine.

Judge overturns Virginia's same-sex marriage ban

By: Matt Dunning

Published February 14, 2014 - 1:23pm CST

A federal judge has overturned Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, the latest in a series of legal decisions favoring marital rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Nevada drops opposition to overturning state's same-sex marriage ban

By: Matt Dunning

Published February 11, 2014 - 12:59pm CST

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has dropped the state's opposition to a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Democrats back bill easing PPACA definition of full-time employee

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 11, 2014 - 12:48pm CST

An Illinois Democratic congressman says he will join forces with Republican colleagues to try to win passage of legislation that would ease the health reform law's definition of a full-time employee, shielding more employers from a stiff financial penalty.

Treasury delays, eases health reform law employer mandate

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 10, 2014 - 4:43pm CST

The Treasury Department on Monday gave employers more time before they will have to fully comply with a health care reform law requirement that they offer coverage or be liable for a big financial penalty.

PBGC taking over plastic container manufacturer's pension plan

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 05, 2014 - 11:43am CST

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. is taking over and terminating the underfunded pension plan of Constar Inc., a financially troubled Trevose, Pa.-based plastic container manufacturer.

CBO lowers 2014 insurance enrollment estimate by 2 million

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published February 04, 2014 - 2:35pm CST

The Congressional Budget Office projects that 2 million fewer individuals are expected to obtain insurance — either through Medicaid or the exchanges — in 2014 than previously anticipated.

House panel OKs easing health reform law's definition of full-time worker

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 04, 2014 - 2:30pm CST

A panel of the House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday to ease the health care reform law's definition of a full-time employee, shielding more employers from a stiff financial penalty imposed by the law.

House panel to vote to ease PPACA definition of full-time employee

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 03, 2014 - 11:07am CST

The House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote on legislation that would change the health reform law's definition of a full-time employee, shielding more employers from a stiff financial penalty.

PBGC restructures multiemployer plan, takes over Hostess payments

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published January 31, 2014 - 1:01pm CST

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. restructured a multiemployer pension plan and took over benefit payments for former Hostess Brands Inc. participants, allowing the Bakery and Sales Drivers Local 33 Industry Pension Fund in Baltimore to remain solvent, the agency announced Friday.

COBRA champion Henry Waxman to retire from House at year's end

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 30, 2014 - 2:49pm CST

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the co-author of the original COBRA health care legislation, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of the year.

Public insurance exchanges could be appealing to employers: Analysis

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 30, 2014 - 9:40am CST

Insurers offering coverage in public health insurance exchanges charge premiums that are generally comparable with those of employers, which could make the exchanges another option for employers.

Universal retirement legislation submitted by U.S. senator

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published January 30, 2014 - 9:10am CST

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is introducing legislation Thursday that would make retirement coverage available to an estimated 75 million Americans who are without access to workplace retirement plans or self-employed.

Obama calls on GOP to offer proposals to improve ACA, not repeal it

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 29, 2014 - 12:23pm CST

President Barack Obama called on Republicans in his State of the Union address to stop efforts to repeal the health care reform law, and instead offer proposals to improve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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