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Compliance Confusion: How ACA Affects Brides and Benefits Pros - Workforce Article 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 9:53:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This article humanizes the very real complexity introduced by Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer reporting. The author is correct in noting that, despite their promises, payroll companies cannot handle ACA reporting requirements. You need to... read more
 

ACA Extensions Make for a Happier New Year 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 11:08:00 AM Categories: News and Views
Less than two weeks ago, we commented on a growing apprehension in the marketplace. Many self-funded companies – especially those relying on payroll vendors – were becoming concerned about the looming deadlines for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)... read more
 

ACA IRS Forms – Are you hearing what we’re hearing? 

Friday, December 18, 2015 9:55:00 AM Categories: News and Views
Word has it that some payroll vendors (among others) are now struggling to complete the Affordable Care Act (ACA) IRS forms for their clients. We’ve heard about some vendors informing clients that they won’t be able to do all the forms... read more
 

ACA Compliance - Lessons Learned in 2015 (Webinar) 

Thursday, November 19, 2015 4:25:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Health Decisions is providing ACA compliance support to hundreds of group health plans, from large self-funded groups to small insured plans and their underwriters. Despite differing in size, the ACA compliance challenges these groups face are... read more
 

Top Trends in Healthcare Audits and Reviews - Video featuring Si Nahra 

Thursday, October 08, 2015 4:12:00 PM Categories: News and Views
For those of you who have missed our monthly webinars (we've missed you, too!), this video will provide some of that flavor: relevant information, practical tips, and Si's voice! For others who are newer to Health Decisions, perhaps... read more
 

Payroll Vendors and ACA Compliance: Competition and Opportunity for Brokers (Webinar) 

Thursday, April 30, 2015 3:22:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
An interesting and unexpected development arising from Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance is the role played by payroll vendors. ACA compliance uses payroll facts to meet certain compliance requirements. Payroll companies have reacted in... read more
 

Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor, Ill, and Addicted - New York Times Article 

Friday, March 06, 2015 10:42:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This article reinforces what we at Health Decisions have been seeing at the jails we have worked with. Jails need to be seen as part of the continuum of care. The Affordable Care Act took some positive steps in this direction, but more needs to... read more
 

Getting the Most Out of Your Audit (Webinar) 

Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:53:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
If you’re planning to audit a self-funded health plan, this webinar is for you. Health Decisions has more than 25 years of experience auditing self-funded health plans. This free webinar shares our observations on what makes for a successful... read more
 

ACA Compliance Checklist - Are You Ready for 2015? (Webinar) 

Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:31:00 AM Categories: Prior Presentations
The one-year delay in Affordable Care Act compliance is over. What is in store for 2015 and beyond? How prepared are you? This webinar provides a checklist of steps you should have taken -- or will need to take -- to meet and maintain ACA... read more
 

Make Like the Texans! - Houston Chronicle article 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:54:00 AM Categories: News and Views
According to this Houston Chronicle article, “the most popular money-saving option is for companies to conduct audits to make sure that every dependent listed on an employee's health plan is eligible for coverage.” Of the 150 Houston-area... read more
 
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