Blog Entries - tag: 'August 2013'

What in the World Happened with out-of-Pocket Limits This Week?

Posted on: August 21, 2013 11:00 am
Tags: August 2013, Healthcare reform

If you thought print newspapers were irrelevant, think again. The New York Times, at least, proved how influential it is this week with a story published on Tuesday about how the Obama Administration will be providing a transition to full implementation of the health reform law’s out-of-pocket limit requirements.

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Health Care Reform FUN FACT

Posted on: August 21, 2013 11:00 am
Tags: August 2013, Healthcare reform

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius continues to go to meetings where she can recruit people to help spread the word. Recently, she went to the national BlogHer conference to convince the female attendees to use their forums to get women to sign up – and mothers to persuade their children.

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Final Contraceptive Regulations For Religious Organizations Issued

Posted on: August 20, 2013 4:00 pm
Tags: August 2013, Benefits connection

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury have issued final regulations about contraceptive coverage for religious organizations that object to covering contraceptive services. The final rule changes the effective date from plan years beginning on or after August 1, 2013 to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.

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Myth vs. Fact: Affordable Care Act & Dental & Vision Plans

Posted on: August 20, 2013 4:00 pm
Tags: August 2013, Benefits connection

Myth: Employers must purchase dental benefits through a health insurance exchange.

Fact: Employers are not required to purchase dental benefits through an exchange.

Myth: Purchasing a medical plan that includes dental benefits is cheaper than purchasing separate medical and dental plans.

Fact: Combining medical and dental benefits in one insurance policy could mean a large combined deductible. In that case, children’s nonpreventive dental expenses are not covered until the medical deductible is satisfied. Most medical plans with pediatric dental and vision benefits do not include adult coverage.

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Minimum Essential Coverage: What Qualifies & Eligibility For Premium Tax Credit

Posted on: August 20, 2013 4:00 pm
Tags: August 2013, Benefits connection

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule on what qualifies as minimum essential coverage and a notice on eligibility for minimum essential coverage for purposes of the premium tax credit.

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Reasons For Disability Insurance

Posted on: August 20, 2013 4:00 pm
Tags: August 2013, Benefits connection

The Need: Most American Workers’ Incomes Are Not Protected

About 100 million American workers are without private disability income insurance. And almost 70 percent of workers in the private sector have no private long-term disability insurance.

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CVS Pharmacies To Promote Health Insurance Exchanges

Posted on: August 6, 2013 4:00 pm
Tags: August 2013, Exchanges, Healthcare reform

CVS Caremark, owner of the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., is about to throw its weight behind Obamacare by helping to enroll people in the nation’s new health care exchanges, which are expected to be open for enrollment October 1.

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