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U.S. asks appeals court to reconsider Obamacare subsidies ruling

Published August 04, 2014 - 9:31am CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its July 22 ruling that poses a major setback to the Obamacare health insurance overhaul as it could limit the availability of subsidies for millions of people.

Battle over health insurance premium subsidies may dilute Affordable Care Act

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 03, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The ultimate outcome of lawsuits seeking to limit the availability of federal premium subsidies under the health care reform law could substantially weaken its key provisions, including the employer and individual coverage mandates.

Health reform law may unravel if D.C. Circuit ruling on premium subsidies stands

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 03, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Individual plaintiffs who live in states without public health exchanges allege that the IRS unfairly subjected them to the reform law's minimum coverage requirement by making the premium subsidies available through the federal exchange.

Senate passes House version of highway bill with eased pension funding

By: Rob Kozlowski, Pensions & Investments

Published August 01, 2014 - 1:11pm CST

The U.S. Senate approved on Thursday the House version of a highway funding bill that includes more generous pension funding calculations.

ACA subsidy case being appealed to Supreme Court

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published August 01, 2014 - 11:28am CST

Plaintiffs who lost in the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling over the legality of health insurance subsidies being paid to those who bought plans on non-state exchanges have formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.

Cigna to expand into new state exchanges despite early exchange financial losses

By: Melanie Evans, Modern Healthcare

Published July 31, 2014 - 2:06pm CST

Insurer Cigna Corp. plans to enter health insurance exchanges in Maryland, Georgia and Missouri next year, expanding its investment in the newly created markets despite losses seen in other exchange markets.

Single payment option available for Transitional Reinsurance Program fee: HHS

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 31, 2014 - 1:41pm CST

Employers will have their choice to pay a controversial health care reform law fee in one payment or two installments, according to new guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Federal Obamacare market still faces cost overruns, delays: Watchdog

Published July 31, 2014 - 8:12am CST

(Reuters) — Ten months after the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, Obamacare's federal health insurance exchange is still dogged by cost overruns and technology delays that could hamper enrollment.

ACA creation didn't violate constitutional rules on new taxes: Appeals court

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 30, 2014 - 1:09pm CST

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that Congress did not violate a U.S. constitutional requirement that tax-related legislation must originate in the House of Representatives when it passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010.

Aetna says Coventry purchase boosted second-quarter profit

Published July 29, 2014 - 9:39am CST

(Reuters) — Aetna Inc., the third-largest U.S. health insurer, reported a higher second-quarter profit that beat analyst expectations, helped by last year's acquisition of Medicare and Medicaid provider Coventry Health Care.

IRS releases draft of employer reporting form for health reform law compliance

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 25, 2014 - 12:02pm CST

The Internal Revenue Service has issued draft versions of the reporting forms most employers will begin using next year to show that their group health insurance plans comply with the health care reform law.

House plan to sue Obama over employer-mandate delay moves forward

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published July 25, 2014 - 8:56am CST

A resolution authorizing the House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority by delaying the employer mandate in the federal health care law cleared the House Rules Committee.

Health insurers to pay $330M in premium rebates

Published July 24, 2014 - 12:26pm CST

(Reuters) — U.S. health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama's health care reform law, the HHS said on Thursday.

10.3 million gained insurance under Obamacare: Study

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published July 24, 2014 - 11:16am CST

About 10.3 million Americans have gained insurance coverage since the full implementation of Obamacare last year, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

4th Circuit upholds premium subsidies for state and federal health exchanges

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 22, 2014 - 3:08pm CST

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously upheld the federal government's right to issue premium subsidies for health insurance purchased in both state- and U.S.-operated public exchanges.

IN FOCUS Video: Brokerage Industry Trends

Published July 22, 2014 - 12:24pm CST

In our latest video report, we speak with several insurance industry leaders to find out some of the latest trends and hot topics occurring in the commercial brokerage industry.

D.C. appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges

By: Joe Carlson, Modern Healthcare

Published July 22, 2014 - 10:06am CST

A federal appeals court has ruled the Obama administration cannot subsidize insurance premiums for nearly 7 million Americans, dealing a serious blow to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Supreme Court ruling will test range of health reform's contraceptive mandate

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published July 20, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The U.S. Supreme Court's pivotal ruling last month that the federal government cannot force family-owned, private employers to directly provide contraceptive coverage could have wider reaching implications for private companies and benefits administrators.

TPAs are stuck with the bill in health reform contraception coverage dispute

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published July 20, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Even before rulings in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Wheaton College court cases, third-party administrators were paying millions of dollars for contraceptive services on behalf of their religious organization clients that automatically qualified for an exception to this coverage mandate.

Many employers keep or expand benefits to domestic partners to retain talent

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 20, 2014 - 6:00am CST

As marriage equality gains momentum in courts and legislatures nationwide, it remains to be seen how the changes will affect employers' long-term benefit strategies for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners.

Ohio Transit Authority extends benefits to promote inclusiveness

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 20, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Achieving greater inclusiveness and competing for talent were among the primary motivations for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority's recent extension of health and dental benefits to same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners.

U.S. appeals court rules for same-sex marriage in Oklahoma

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 18, 2014 - 1:00pm CST

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has ruled in favor of same-sex couples seeking the right to legally marry in the state of Oklahoma.

Reform bill shows progress keeping check on Calif. comp rates: Report

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 18, 2014 - 11:57am CST

Workers compensation rate increases would have been 3% higher for California employers in 2013 if reforms had not been enacted, according to a report released Thursday by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Amending Illinois Constitution a tough path for pension reform

By: Paul Merrion, Crain's Chicago Business

Published July 18, 2014 - 10:12am CST

If Illinois' new pension law is found unconstitutional, which looks more likely in light of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision, one obvious remedy is to amend the constitution.

EEOC guidance updates pregnancy-related workplace rights

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 14, 2014 - 2:44pm CST

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday issued its first enforcement guidance regarding pregnancy discrimination since 1983.

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