UPDATED: Author of Health Care Reform Expresses Concern Over Impact on Business

UPDATE: In a press release, Senator Baucus clarifies his train wreck remark to say that he did not in any way mean the law, but the Administration’s implementation and education. To say he is the author of the Affordable Care Act may be a slight exaggeration, but Senator Max Baucus was a major influence on… Read more »

The Rise of Private Health Exchanges

Concerned that your state’s health insurance Exchange will not reduce costs, or will not be fully operational in time to effectively enroll people?  Do you want the benefits of an Exchange without unwieldy state restrictions?  There may be a solution for you – private Exchanges. On Monday, the global HR consulting firm Mercer announced the… Read more »

Vermont Insurers Post Exchange Health Care Rates

On April 3, Vermont became the first state in the nation to comply with the Affordable Care’s Exchange requirement to post upfront the cost of plans within the insurance marketplace.  Dubbed the “Vermont Health Connector”, the state’s Exchange now has examples and different options to help guide individuals and small employers through the tricky task… Read more »

Sebelius: Exchanges Will Open October 1, 2013

Testifying before the House Ways & Means Committee on Friday, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress that the federally-facilitated health care Exchanges will meet their October 1 deadline to be open to the public. All Exchanges are required to be operational beginning October 1, 2013, a scant five months away,… Read more »

Administration Releases New Rules on Navigators

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services released new regulations on Navigators, their roles in Exchanges, and the roles of non-Navigator entities.  In previous regulations, the administration had indicated that the creation of non-Navigator entities were an option to help facilitate enrollment in the Exchanges.  These regulations continue to define those entities as “non-Navigator… Read more »