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ACA Costs for Dependents (Webinar) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014 2:57:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
ACA alters the relationship between employers and their employees’ dependents. Under ACA, dependents now are covered to age 26 – even those no longer living with your employee. The two new ACA taxes employers must pay are assessed not just on ... read more

Federal Crackdown on Medicare Fraud in Metro Detroit - Crains article 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:29:00 AM Categories: News and Views
If you needed to confirm what we have been telling our clients, check out this article. Providers are getting more and more aggressive in their billing practices, and they are on the move from Florida to Detroit and other parts yet to be... read more

ACA's Biggest Challenge: Employee Eligibility Verification (Webinar) 

Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:35:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires covered employers to provide the IRS with month-by-month accountings of all employees – eligible and ineligible, enrolled and not enrolled. For those enrolled, the level of benefits by family status must... read more

ACA is Here. Are You Ready? (Webinar) 

Friday, February 7, 2014 11:16:00 AM Categories: Prior Presentations
All employers with 50+ employees need to comply with ACA (the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”). The first step in developing your ACA Compliance Action Plan is to take an honest look at how prepared you are right now to meet ACA requirements.... read more

CFOs examine health care benefits through financial lens - Business Insurance article 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:47:00 PM Categories: News and Views
This article highlights a significant development in health plan management -- the emerging role of the CFO. Our work with CFO magazine's training program showed not only growing interest by CFOs but the positive impact that involvement has on... read more

Preparing for 2014's Pay-or-Play Penalties - ebn article 

Friday, January 17, 2014 1:59:00 PM Categories: News and Views
Check out this link. This is another example of why self-funded plans need to start working on ACA compliance now. Waiting until 2015 is too late. Comparing and combining payroll information with enrollment information sounds simple but it is... read more

Your ACA Plan (Webinar) 

Thursday, January 9, 2014 3:52:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
2014 will be a year to remember for self-funded health plans. On top of current responsibilities, add complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”). 2014 is the one-year ACA “extension.” By the end of 2014, group health plans must... read more

ACA Preventive Services: Ignore at your Own Risk (Webinar) 

Monday, November 25, 2013 10:00:00 AM Categories: Prior Presentations
ACA requirements for self-funded plans continue. One of the newer additions to this growing list of requirements is the elimination of cost-sharing for certain preventive services. This webinar explores what the new preventive rules encompass and ... read more

Technology and Data Skills Becoming a Necessity for Brokers 

Monday, November 11, 2013 9:56:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This video is yet another example of how the ability to use technology and “big data” is becoming a competitive necessity for brokers and consultants. Brokers we work with compete successfully with the biggest national consulting houses on the... read more

The Future of ACA and Benefit Communication: Speaking in Human (Webinar) 

Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:53:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Occasionally you encounter a product that is interesting enough that you want to see what others think. This next webinar does that. We introduce you to ALEX®, a communication product from The Jellyvision Lab. Instead of insurance speak, industry ... read more
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