A First Look at the DC Health Exchange

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The District of Columbia is requiring all small employers (those with fewer than 51 full-time employees) to join their health Exchange by 2015.  In part because of the requirements, the District has aggressively kept to the federal government implementation timeline and, despite running into some computer glitches that could delay some benefits, has previewed what… Read more »

How Exchanges Will Function Under Government Shutdown

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Baring a last second deal, funding for the federal government will run out at midnight on Tuesday, October 1.  Not coincidentally, that is the date that the health care Exchanges mandated under the Affordable Care Act will begin to accept enrollments from the public.  With a government operating on minimal resources but running Exchanges in… Read more »

Oregon Exchange Offers Positive Hope for Rate Moderation

As we’ve shared on this site, one of the major benefits to a working Exchange is the competition it is supposed to create among insurance companies; with a larger market available to it and consumers able to view their offerings side-by-side with comparable plans from other companies, this idea was a major reason why Exchanges… Read more »

IRS Releases Regs on Employer Mandate and Health Discounts

As 2014 approaches, the final pieces to the Affordable Care Act puzzle continue to fall into place, and this week the latest piece involved how the discounts employers could provide for participation in wellness programs would affect the employer mandate. First, a review of the two concepts: The Affordable Care Act allows insurers and employers… Read more »

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 »