DC Council Approves Tax to Fund Health Care Exchange

The DC City Council on May 6 approved a new tax on all health-related insurance products sold in the District. The measure was passed as emergency legislation in order to contribute needed funding for DC Health Link, the city’s health insurance Exchange. The legislation will implement a 1 percent tax on all insurance premiums paid… Read more »

Lawmakers Request Information on Navigators Program

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) sent a letter this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking answers to several questions about the “navigators” provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Brady and Boustany said they have concerns related to the… Read more »

Aflac Survey Shows Employees Like Employer Control of Insurance Choices

The Affordable Care Act has provided employees with new tools to discern the best health coverage for them/their families, from streamlined templates for picking plans in the Exchange to requiring insurers to list their costs and benefits the same way.  However, despite these attempts to create a more informed consumer base, the ACA’s changes do… Read more »

Congress Facing Same Struggles as Association Community with ACA

A large employer is examining its benefits for employees for the 2014 fiscal year (it’s an October to September organization) and it is realizing that the cost of providing insurance to employees and senior staff may be prohibitive.  Because of the complexities of the new law, it may no longer be able to cover 75%… Read more »